Monday, October 11, 2004

17th btw Broadway and Fifth

Originally uploaded by lools.

I've gotta love Manhattan. Where else in the world can I choose from Middle Eastern, Californian or Japanese cuisine for lunch and not worry if I change my mind for one or the other as they are all located on the same block!

At lunch time, I usually head towards the general direction of Union Square on Broadway. I enjoy window shopping while I decide what I'm in the mood for. The good news is that I'm never short of excellent options if I stick to just one block - 17th between Broadway and Fifth. Here are my favourite lunchtime eateries:

Rainbow Falafel
Undoubtedly one of the best falafel places in town. Always rated among the Top Ten Middle Eastern places in Manhattan. I usually get their lemony tabouleh and falafel without the pita - yes, they cater to carb-watchers!

Unbelievabaly fresh salads. The dazzling array of possible greens and ingredients combinations can get you a bit dizzy. I usually get mesclun greens, tomato, cucumbers, onions, feta and raisins "chop't" with a simple vinaigrette all stuffed in a whole wheat lavash. Delicious.

This is my favourite stop on the block, perhaps because I'm so into Japanese these days. It's a pretty basic Japanese self-service cafe but they get very creative with their sushi (eel wrapped in fresh mango etc) and have a very flavourful vegetable udon soup that I love. Every time I go there, I'm kicked with the Hello Kitty biscuits proudly on display for sale. I guess I've never quite understood the fascination even adults retain with that cutesy character! Ennju has a fantastic selection of hot and cold teas to calm the nerves.

As you can see, I'm beginning to fall in love with Manhattan...


Blogger gs said...

ohaio godamaaz!
you are already an international person.spanish,french,korean,japanese and meditteranean!
wow.sounds very exciting.newyork has already got hold of a very short time.

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone who used to work on that very block, I will second Rainbow Falafel as the best falafel in the city. The baklava and chicken shawarma are fantastic as well. Excellent (though messy) for eating in the park on a break from the office.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Lulu said...

Agree that the falafel sandwich is extremely messy. I don't think I've ever eaten it without a spill ;(
Somehow, the excellent taste makes up for the mess!

11:01 PM  

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