Indulge in some midweek dumplings or the ultimate comfort food, macaroni and cheese, in today’s New York Lunch Break. By Yvo Sin.
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Xiao long bao, or soup dumplings (pictured), can make any lunch special. Practice lifting these juicy, soup-filled dumplings up with your chopsticks, placing them carefully into your soup spoon without breaking through the thin skin, or all will be lost – the broth, that is. Once you’ve mastered that, carefully create a hole in the top – either by biting or using your chopsticks – and add a teeny bit of the red wine vinegar served alongside. Allow to cool a little bit, then pop the whole thing in your mouth and savor that incredible flavor. Repeat as necessary, until the steamer basket is empty, your belly is full, and a huge grin covers your face. Perfect!
345 E 12th St
New York, NY 10003
A place that shamelessly focuses on mac&cheese in today’s calorie&carb-counting society also focuses on putting a smile on the customer’s face. Case in point: the pictured sampler, which, for $16, gets you a massive platter featuring eight – that’s right, eight, count ‘em – different types of mac&cheese. If that doesn’t knock you right into food coma, continue ordering until you’ve tried every single variety of mac&cheese they have… it’ll be a while.
318 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
See Also: Lunch Break: Summer Sandwiches
With a name like Choice Market, you might think it’s just another deli or sandwich place. You’d only be half right; while Choice Market certainly serves up sandwiches, they are sandwiches like no other. An amazing steak sandwich, possibly the best BLT in the city, an incredibly salmon sandwich… there’s nearly nothing here you could order that would disappoint you. Even better: end the meal with one of their in-house baked goodies, knowing you’ve made an excellent choice (pun intended) for lunch. Yum!
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Yvo Sin is the founder and head writer of The Feisty Foodie.