Perfect porridge for the chilly weather, twists on classics, or a cheap lunch menu… it’s all in today’s Lunch Break. By Yvo Sin.
70 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002
Hanging in East Corner’s window is various roasted animal carcasses; ducks, chickens, and whole (well, half) pigs beckon alluringly to those in the know. Order yourself any sort of egg noodle topped with roast pork, and the glistening red meat will yield to your bite easily, bursting with flavor. Try the Hong Kong Style Dry Noodles with Wontons and Roast Pork; the noodles come with the soup on the side and drizzled lightly with hoisin sauce for intense umami taste. If you’re feeling under the weather, pick up a quart of congee (combination congee, $3.25, pictured); the Chinese version of chicken noodle soup, it’s what Chinese mothers feed their sick children. East Corner’s version is ultra silky on your tongue, and will leave you wanting more.
Highpoint Bistro & Bar
216 7th Ave
New York, NY 10011
Highpoint Bistro & Bar brings to Chelsea a splash of je ne sais quoi – aside from good food, that is. Offering new twists on old classics, any of their sandwiches are good choices – like the avocado BLT, which adds avocado to the classic on ciabatta; or the Farmwich, which includes roast pork, bacon, goat cheese, fried egg, lettuce/tomato/onion, and honey mustard. Double pig? Yes please!!! Be sure to also look further down the menu; though they’ll definitely leave you with leftovers, the ‘mains’ section of the menu deserves a close examination. The braised beef short rib is exquisite, melting softly in your mouth like so much chocolate, while not-your-mama’s-meatloaf is, well, not your mama’s meatloaf, and served with truffled ‘shroom mac&cheese.
70-17 Austin St
Forest Hills, NY 11375
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Up a short flight of steps from the main drag of Forest Hills along Austin Street sits Corfu Grill. Its unassuming posture might make you keep walking, but go inside and browse the lunch menu. A measly $6 will get you a Greek or Caesar salad, a bowl of lentil or chicken soup, pita bread, tzatziki, choice of rice, hand cut fries or lemon potatoes (a classic Greek carb)… and that’s just the “comes with” part of the lunch menu. In addition to all of that, you can choose from a variety of kebabs, gyro, falafel, moussaka, and a couple of classic American diner dishes thrown in for good measure. But Corfu’s draw isn’t simply the cheap lunch menu; the lamb souvlaki is juicy, tender and not gamey in the slightest, while any of the kebabs are delicious as well.
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Yvo Sin is the founder and head writer of The Feisty Foodie.