Lunch Break: A Classic American Diner, Tasty Tapas Or Frites
Inch closer to Friday with American delights at Applejack Diner, tapas at Casa Mono or Belgian frites on the East side. by Yvo Sin.
230 W. 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
Walking into Applejack Diner is much like walking into any other diner. You’ll find a fairly standard diner menu here as well, but sometimes that’s exactly what you want to push you through one more excruciatingly long work week: The familiar comfort foods that will soothe you as you inch closer to Friday. Applejack Diner fills that need nicely, with burgers and fries, an all day breakfast menu – throw in friendly service and you have yourself a good place for lunch.
52 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003
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Casa Mono recalls memories of time spent in Barcelona, perhaps a night at La Boqueria, the Spanish market famed for its multitude of wares… including food stalls to make even the most stalwart envious. Enjoy a lunch comprised entirely of small plates – bring a few friends to share – and try a little of this, a little of that. Definitely try the pulpo con fennel y grapefruit (pictured); octopus with fennel and grapefruit, sure to brighten anyone’s day.
123 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
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No, there’s nothing on the menu here beyond frites, but what else do you need? Perfectly twice-fried, crisp exteriors with fluffy interiors, Pommes Frites has their namesake dish down pat. Choose from a huge list of dipping sauces, ever changing; or make your own combination by asking them to mix a few together for you. The basil pesto mayo smacks of garlic and basil, making it a bright, fresh sauce for your dipping pleasure. Or try the war sauce – peanutty, tangy, delicious. Every choice is a good starting place as you explore frites… or try the poutine, a Canadian specialty made of frites topped with gravy and cheese curds. Yum!
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Yvo Sin is the founder and head writer of The Feisty Foodie.