Midtown West

Omakasa - Midtown West

Omakasa – Midtown West

There's nothing like taking a real word and bastardizing it to name your business. In this case I have to assume that Omakasa is someone somewhere grabbing the ...
Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

I feel like this is at least the second wine bar I've reviewed in the past couple months. And that, in any real world, would be two too many. Because that's jus...
Keens Steakhouse

Keens Steakhouse

Shouldn't it be Keen's Steakhouse, like with a possessive 's'? And who is this Keen dude? And why is he so obsessed with oldie timey churchwarden pipes? Like ob...
Point Break NYC

Point Break NYC

How in the ever loving hell could there be two bars in NYC that relate to a semi-classic surf  crime movie staring Keanu Reeves movie from 1991 (which was in tu...
PJ Carney's

P.J. Carney’s

Apparently this joint has been around for a really long time. Its Home Depot, rote Irish pub decor is an immediate turn off to me, and smacks of the midtown bar...
Whiskey Trader

Whiskey Trader

The outside of this joint always makes me a little sad. It kind of looks like the outside of a sad camper. Like one of those pop-up ones that your uncle towed b...
Bay Leaf Indian Brasserie

Bay Leaf Indian Brasserie

Now part of: Benihana I guess the suits need a place to gorge themselves on Indian buffet. So there's this place. But like most joints in Midtown, your dollar...
Pazza Notte

Pazza Notte

Rumor has it that there is food and shit served in this joint. I have my doubts. The only reason to come here, as far as I'm concerned, is for the two-for-one m...
Ma Peche

Má Pêche

Apparently this dude David Chang is some sort of famous guy or something. Ok, famous in the world of people who like to eat pig parts and noodles and whatno...
Angelo's Pizza

Angelo’s Pizza (57th St.)

Brick oven pizza is like what I imagine crack is like to, well, a crack addict. I've honestly never had the balls to try the stuff (crack, not pizza), but if it...
Mo'Men Halal

Mo’Men Halal Food

This poor cart always seems to be surrounded by Manhattan turmoil. My last visit (pictured left) finds our meat truck covered in scaffolding, wedged between a c...
Printon 56

Printon 56

I can't even count the number of times I've stood before a glass case at one of these lunch places looking at the same damned sandwiches, paninis and various wr...
Cucina Gourmet

Cucina Gourmet

Is the word "cocina" Italian or Spanish? Sure, go ahead and make fun of my terrible ignorance, but my eight years of Spanish instruction, if it taught me an...
Joe's Shanghai - Uptown

Joe’s Shanghai – Uptown

While Chinese food may be the draw at this midtown eatery, it is Joe's miraculous optical illusion that really got me. The thing looks like a little, dinky join...
Global Kitchen

Global Kitchen

If I owned this joint, I'd call it Bitchin' Kitchen! That might turn people off, and belie my 1980s Los Angelino roots, but since when do I care what anybody th...
Hudson Library Bar

Hudson Library Bar

If the library at my university or high school looked anything like this joint, maybe I would have spent a little more time there. As it was, the place might as...
Cafe Spice

Cafe Spice (Midtown West)

Nostalgia is a bitch. I used to eat at Cafe Spice's NYU location on a weekly basis years ago. It was always such a nice (expensive) lunch treat that I had bui...
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Chipotle – Bryant Park

Trying to get into this place for lunch is like moseying on over to the bread line in Manhattan in early 1932. I'm not sure when the line actually starts formin...