Lunch Break: Lunch Platters, Convenience & Chip Shops
A well-priced lunch platter, Korean convenience, or an authentic British chip shop make the roster for today’s New York Lunch Break. By Yvo Sin.
76 Fulton Street
New York, NY 10038
Sometimes it feels as though you aren’t sure what country the name refers to, but it doesn’t matter: what does matter is the food, and here at Country Kebab, you’ll find suitable falafel, shwarma, and great lamb kebab (pictured). The lamb is tender, juicy, not gamey at all, and for $9.50, you get a platter with your choice of sides, served with pita. A sandwich with the same cooked-to-order lamb will only run you $6.50, and fill you up just as well. In cool or rainy weather, be sure to check out their soup selection: the steady flow of customers coming in to ask about the soup of the day is a sure sign that the soups are worth a try.
12 W 32nd Street
New York, NY 10001
The easiest way to describe Woorijip would be to say it is like a 7-Eleven with a Korean slant to it. Convenience in its highest form with a slight twist – everything is Korean, and though it’s all neatly packed into containers for you to pick and choose from the refrigerated cases, it’s made fresh earlier that day and healthier for you than the plastic-wrapped microwave burritos and burgers found at a 7-Eleven. Along the right-hand side is a help-yourself buffet area full of Korean goodies, and along the left-hand side is a refrigerated case of all sorts of lovely pre-packed tasty delights; try the kimbap (Korean rice rolls that look like sushi) and spicy chicken combo (pictured), which, for $5.50, comes with a small soup (usually seaweed or miso). No matter what you choose, you’re sure to fill up cheaply – and conveniently.
A Salt & Battery
112 Greenwich Avenue
New York, NY
Walking into A Salt & Battery is much like walking into your average chip shop in London: a simple board posted up with the menu, very simple fried fare that will feed you and get on your way in no time at all. Chip shops are to London, then, what pizza-by-the-slice joints are to New York. A Salt & Battery does an excellent job of filling this need for a proper chip shop in the West Village and offers up British delights such as chip butties (sandwiches filled with chips and ketchup, on buttered white bread), various types of fried fish, shrimp, and even scallops. Of course, to finish your meal, you can have your choice of deep fried candy bars: Mars Bar, Toffee Crisp, or a Lion Bar. Why not? It’s Monday; indulge.
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Yvo Sin is the founder and head writer of The Feisty Foodie.