A much anticipated cafe opens on the Upper East Side, lobster rolls to go, and Mexican food to delight the senses – it’s all in today’s New York Lunch Break. By Yvo Sin.
Fairway Café to Go
240 E. 86th Street
New York, NY 10028
Last month, Fairway opened to the great joy of local residents, and now Fairway Café to Go, its eagerly anticipated companion restaurant, is having its grand opening. Offering the same quality many have grown to know and love from Fairway’s other cafes, this one will have a variety of grab&go items, including Fairway’s famous bagels, fresh roasted coffee, sandwiches made on premises, chopped salads, freshly baked pastries and breads, and cookies. Try the Fairway 4 Herb Bread ($1.99), created by Fairway’s bakery director to celebrate the opening.
Urban Lobster Shack
15 Stone Street
New York, NY 10004
805 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10022
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Summer is in full swing, and Urban Lobster Shack delivers on the taste of summer in the form of lobster rolls for just $10, including a side salad and small cole slaw (walk-up orders only; add $4 for delivery). If lobster’s not your thing, there are plenty of other options, such as a rich and creamy New England clam chowder, $6 for 12 oz.; add an additional $2 for it to be served with garlic bread. These are definitely the kind of places you take it to go, though – the downtown location is literally just a doorway and a counter where you can stand for a few minutes to give your order, then step aside for the next person to order.
55 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Despite the name sounding akin to a monster from Ghostbusters, there’s nothing ghostly about Papatzul. Baja style fish tacos, for one, come to the table piled high with a slaw to rival those actually found in Baja, along with pico de gallo, rice and lime to squirt over the top. The tortas are equally tasty: try the torta de chorizo y queso oaxaca (chorizo and oaxacan cheese sandwich with refried beans, avocado, lettuce and chipotle), a riot of flavors sure to please your palate. If heat’s your thing, definitely do not miss the salsa sampler (pictured); for $3.50, you get five different types of salsas, all made in house and ranging from mild to melt your face off spicy.
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Yvo Sin is the founder and head writer of The Feisty Foodie.