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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Ice Cream Party

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!tipsy mango

Contact us at catering@foodtoeat.com to order or place it yourself here.

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Mirch Masala | Indian Food Gem

By Chris Chen mirch masala

Tandoori Prawns
Tandoori Prawns | Photo Credit: Mirch Masala

Mirch Masala is a hole in the wall restaurant in the West Village dishing out flavorful Indian food. The restaurant’s name came from two Indian Words: “Mirch” which means Chili and “Masala” which means a mixture of spice.

The restaurant is relatively small and sits about 20 people. Their hours of operation are from 11:30am to 12am on most days. On Friday & Saturday, they’re open all the way until 2am, perfect for late night munchies. They serve up well known Indian dishes such as Chicken Tikka Masala and Tandoori Prawns but they also offer more traditional foods such as Paneer and Lamb Roganjosh.

Mirch Masala does catering as well so let’s bring on the Chicken Tikka Masala and all the Naan you can eat.

Here’s a sample menu for your office lunch:

  • Chicken Tikka Masala – Marinated cubes of boneless chicken smoked in tandoor and sauteed in a rich tomato spices & fenugreek (Methi) sauce
  • Lamb Biryani – Marinated Lamb, spices & aromatic Basmati rice
  • Palak Paneer – Fresh baby spinach & cubes of cottage cheese cooked with onions, ginger, garlic & cilantro
  • Mango Lassi – Delicious Ratnagiri mango pulp churned with yogurt & sprinkled with cardamom
  • Rosemary Naan

Contact us at catering@foodtoeat.com to spice up your food.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat. We help build corporate culture by bringing the best local food to offices for team meals and special events. We believe in investing in your team. That’s why we’re committed to improving employee happiness through food – feed your team today with FoodtoEat! Check out the deliciousness here: FoodtoEat Catering

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Lumpia Shack | Filipino Food in New York City

By Chris Chen

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Lumpias!| Photo Credit: Lumpia Shack
Lumpias| Photo Credit: Lumpia Shack

Lumpia Shack is a small West Village snack bar serving up all sorts of Filipino-inspired goodies. You’ll be in for a treat no matter what you decide to try – from their famous lumpias or their rice bowls. What makes lumpia so special? Well…who doesn’t love a fried spring roll? Neil Syham, owner of Lumpia Shack, wanted to introduce people to Filipino food through lumpias as a medium since they pack a ton of  flavor and are easy to eat.

The heavenly pork belly bowl!
Pork Belly Rice Bowl | Heavenly pork bowl!

Neil opened Lumpia Shack to diversify the Asian cuisine. When talking about Asian cuisine, people mainly think of Japanese, Chinese, Korean or Thai – however he wanted to put Filipino cuisine on the map – and we’re so thankful he did because it is absolutely delicious. Their lumpias are what the people initially come for, but Lumpia Shack’s other dishes are not to be overlooked. Neil’s favorite lumpia is the original pork as it reminds him of his childhood meals with family and friends. He created the Adobo Mushroom Lumpia for his wife since she’s a vegetarian. Other well-known dishes are Sisig (pork belly, jowls, ears, egg yolk, and calamansi), which was featured in the New York Times in 2014, and the crowd favorite, Adobo Chicken – chicken stewed in vinegar, garlic, soy sauce, bay leaves and peppercorn..

I had a chance to try their food and boy, was I a happy camper. The pork belly was just heavenly – it was melt-in-your mouth experience and so was the super moist chicken. Every bite I had was perfectly tender and flavorful. Their lumpias were crispy and tasty – I can see why everyone raves about them.

Bicol Tofu Mushroom
Bicol Tofu Mushroom | All the coconut goodness

I didn’t get a chance to try an Adobo Ramen Burger which is a fusion of Lumpia Shack’s pork belly & Keizo Shimamoto’s ramen bun, but it sure made my mouth water thinking about it. They have some secret collaborations coming up with their fellow Smorgasburg vendors but we’ll have to wait and see. For now, we’ll enjoy the seasonal items. This season, they’re dishing out Kabocha squash soup with coconut milk and topped with coconut yogurt and sage.

Lumpia Shack does catering, so bring the food to your office and grab a bite of the Philippines with your team. Contact us at catering@foodtoeat.com – we’re here to make your belly happy.

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Halloween Pop-Up Event

Halloween invite For blast

This Saturday, we’re teaming up with The Owl’s Brew for a Pop-Up Halloween Event at Riff Raff’s (330 Park Avenue South)!

There will be free costumes, food, drinks, make-up.
Free Admission however must be 21 and up to attend!

Come all!

 

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Meet the New Truck On the Block: Yankee Doodle Dandy’s

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By Emily Collins

This month, we’re starting a new series called Behind the Food Truck, where we meet the amazing men and women behind our favorite mobile cuisines and share their inspiring stories. At FoodtoEat, we’re lucky to have the best food trucks NYC has to offer in our family. Here are their stories.

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Josh Gatewood, the southern gentleman behind Yankee Doodle Dandy’s

This week, I had the pleasure of meeting the southern gentleman behind New York’s most patriotic food truck, Josh Gatewood. Not only does Josh have making delicious southern fried chicken down to a science; he’s got an incredible story. He chose a life on food stamps and working as a fry cook over being a broker on Wall Street – all for the dream of opening his food truck.

Yankee Doodle Dandy’s, one of the newest food trucks to hit the streets, has been a long time coming. Josh admitted he spent more time thinking about his potential business than focusing on the Series 7. He would “Walk around Wall Street quizzing people, ‘what’s a better name for a chicken restaurant? Yankee’s Chicken or Yankee Doodle Dandy’s?’ ” With a stroke of luck and a $25,000 win from Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Josh was able to give his dream some momentum.

Josh’s perseverance and dedication has brought him to where he is today – owning one of New York’s only authentic southern food trucks. Josh is committed to making his food the best it can possibly be and it definitely shows.

Their Winner Winner fried chicken special is everything you would want in a southern dish – juicy, well-seasoned and best of all: big portions. Along with four incredible chicken tenders, it is served with a giant slice of  grilled Texas toast, homemade potato salad and their original Spirit of ’76 sauce. Words cannot properly describe how delicious the Spirit of ’76 sauce is with the chicken tenders and fries. Josh says, “People come back just for the sauce.” At only $8.50, this special is a total “winner.”

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Left: Love Me Tender chicken sandwich |Right: Chicken tenders with fries and Spirit of ’76 sauce

At the end of the day, Yankee Doodle Dandy’s is all about bringing southern hospitality and authenticity to New York City and hopefully expanding to other major cities. Josh said, “It was roller coaster getting here. Sometimes you have those introspective moments you feel super blessed to be doing what you’re doing.”

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Foodies of New York: Ava Hariri-Kia

Ava Hariri-Kia
Ava Hariri-Kia

By Rachel Wells 

Part of a series that documents real New Yorkers and their love affair with food. 

Meet Ava: a spunky, fun and super-smart fashionista from the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She’s a high school freshman at the Spence School who dances, acts and sings. She’s involved in all aspects of the performing arts at school  – and for good reason. She’s a talented lady who focuses on being happy.

She prefers ordering online, and does so frequently. When she goes out, Ava’s favorite place to eat is Momoya, a gorgeous sushi bar with two convenient locations; one in Chelsea and one on the Upper West Side. Ava adds that both locations are equally great. She discovered the restaurant on a lunch-date with her sister. Since then, she’s been hooked! She always orders the crispy rice – “it’s truly amazing!” She has yet to try a food truck other than Mister Softee, the soft-serve ice cream truck, but isn’t opposed to the option. With FoodtoEat’s list of food truck vendors, finding a great place to nosh isn’t hard at all.

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Momoya’s “Lobster Tempura, Spicy Scallop and Spicy Tuna Roll” (photo credit: freerangechowhound.wordpress.com)

She believes that the social scene’s deep-rooted connection to food is a special and characteristic part of New York City living. “There are so many different types of grub from all over the world in one place – on one little island! Where else could you stop for a legit Italian coffee, have an authentic Japanese lunch and then have homemade gelato for dessert – all in a 5-block radius?” She suggests that tourists try one of the Shake Shack locations before leaving – but to call ahead and to make sure they’re serving the iconic “wavy fries.” The Shack Burger is a New Yorker fave, and isn’t all that big, so make sure to grab a shake with your order. Also – be prepared to wait on-line. It’s no secret that this place rocks!

Shake Shack's "Burger and Fries" (photo credit: hashtagphoebe.blogspot.com)
Shake Shack’s “Burger and Fries” (photo credit: hashtagphoebe.blogspot.com)

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Foodies of New York: Randy Zelin

Randy Zelin (photo credit: Fox Business)
Randy Zelin (photo credit: Fox Business)

By Rachel Wells 

Part of a series that documents real New Yorkers and their love affair with food. 

Randy Zelin is a partner at Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP and heads the firm’s white collar defense and government investigations, compliance and internal investigations practice areas at their Manhattan office. Mr. Zelin also regularly appears as a legal analyst on FOX News, FOX Business, and FOX Radio to discuss important trials and legal issues. He has also spoken on the O’Reilly Factor, Geraldo at Large, Nancy Grace, Tru TV, CNN and CNN Headline News. He is a frequent lecturer and a two-time SuperLawyer. Mr. Zelin is a dad of three, a gym addict and loves dining in Manhattan.

With a hectic schedule, he has rarely had the time to use a lunchbreak waiting for a food truck line to calm down; “For lunch I’ll bring in leftovers from dinner” he adds, “but I definitely use online ordering when I can to make life easier.” Mr. Zelin makes a conscious effort to use FoodtoEat when he can,  “I think it’s important to use a site like FoodtoEat when possible to help local businesses keep the profits they deserve to keep – I’m a believer in keeping what you earn.”

Erminia NYC (photo credit: Erminia Restaurant)
Erminia NYC (photo credit: Erminia Restaurant)

His current favorite restaurant is Erminia, a Roman restaurant with a romantic atmosphere nestled in the Upper East Side. He says, “it’s wonderful Italian food in a beautiful setting, I definitely suggest eating there.” He likes that he can easily make reservations through Open Table or Ermenia’s website. When there, he usually orders one of their chicken dishes. He notes that the Mozzarella di Bufala (the roasted peppers are wonderful!) and Pappardelle alla Campagnola (homemade wide noodles with artichokes, sausage, porcini, zucchini in a light tomato sauce) are also incredible options.

He encourages tourists and locals to try Timmy’s By The River, a diner in Yorkville. “Unlike the typical diner, you can eat outside and can see the foliage of Asphalt Green.” He orders a turkey burger with no bun and an iced tea – this, he claims, is the City’s best turkey burger.

"Regular Hamburger" at Timmy's By The River (photo credit: Seamless)
“Hamburger” at Timmy’s By The River (photo credit: Seamless)

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Insomnia: the Sweet Infection

Samvida Patel

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And another Manhattan neighborhood is down with Insomnia.  No, not sleeplessness—every New Yorker is afflicted with that (hence the whole coffee-in-the-hand thing).  We mean the only place that will deliver freshly baked cookies to your door until 3 a.m.  So for those of you insomniacs who don’t live near NYU or any of the other 4 locations, the company has opened up a rather convenient location in midtown, on 53rd street between 3rd and 2nd avenues.

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Photo by nyulocal.edu

The best part is, it doesn’t end at cookies.  You can get brownies, ice cream, and of course, some milk to wash down the sweet treats with.  And we all know that along with new beginnings comes celebration.  Whether you never tried insomnia or are a chronic insomniac, you can take part by going to their FaceBook fan page and scrolling down to print the free cookie coupon and 3 for $2 deal coupon to use at the new store.  Honestly, no other cookie bakery will cut that much slack, so why not use both deals?  Separately, of course.  For the grand opening of the new location, just “like” their page and follow their website—you’ll find yourself on top of every sweet deal all the while staying up and giving yourself insomnia.  Pun totally intended.

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Photo by tripadvisor.com

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Mike ‘N Willie’s Fish Tacos

The memorable green and orange truck started by two guys from Brooklyn named Mike and Willie has always been a safe bet for lunch. Sliders and tacos are more popular than ever, and the truck keeps expanding its options with more vegetarian fillings and even rice bowls for those looking for a less messy meal. But it wasn’t until I tried their fish tacos that I realized what a winning recipe Mike ‘N’ Willie’s has, with huge chunks of flaky battered fish with a fresh slaw and tasty cilantro sauce.

Mike ‘N’ Willie’s has a number of appetizing combination deals and daily specials, letting you mix and match between their tacos, sliders and sides. The 3 items for $10 deal is what caught my attention, especially because these tacos are stuffed with delicious fillings. Last time I tried Mike ‘N’ Willie’s they had just run out of fish tacos, so I ordered two of those and a short rib taco.

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I bit right into the short rib taco first, doubled wrapped in two tortillas to make it easier to handle and topped with a smoky barbecue sauce, pickled red onion and cotija cheese. The taco was stuffed with sweet and savory meat, even better than the last time I tried it.

Each fish taco had a huge beer battered hunk of flaky fish in it, and I squeezed some lime on each one to give them even more of a kick. These were some of the best fish tacos I’ve tried, fried to perfection but perfectly complemented by the fresh slaw, sauce and lime juice. Finding tacos like this from a food truck in Manhattan seems as rare as finding a dolphin in the Gowanus, but anything can happen in New York. For a truly great lunch at a reasonable price, try Mike ‘N’ Willie’s food truck all around Manhattan and Dumbo, Brooklyn. Or cut to the chase and order online.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

 

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Join us this Saturday for a Lower Manhattan Food Crawl!

Although it’s been more than two weeks since Hurricane sandy hit the Northeast, many small businesses are still feeling the effects of the storm. Restaurants in particular rely on small margins to remain profitable in New York City. By closing their doors even for a few days many restaurants have lost their profits for an entire month or more. This Saturday, November 17th, Foodtoeat.com is holding a fundraising benefit for downtown Manhattan restaurants that lost business during the storm.

Starting at noon, 18 restaurants and bars in lower Manhattan will offer specials until 4 p.m. for all participants of the food crawl. Registration is just $10 and all proceeds from the event will go to participating restaurants. Join the FoodtoEat team beginning at Evelyn Drinkery to pick up a food crawl map, raffle tickets and purchase your registration if you haven’t already. Then follow the map and sample the discounted specials at each restaurant and bar until the final stop at Kafana restaurant. Stick around for the great raffle prizes, entertainment and interact with foodies all afternoon.

Purchase your tickets here and bring your appetite on Saturday! The full list of venues is listed below:

Cocktail Bodega
Continuum Coffee
Evelyn Drinkery
La Lucha
Mercadito
Mezetto
Prohibition Bakery
Proto Pizza
Sons of Essex
Common Ground
Idle Hands Bar
That Burger
Maharlika
Simone Martini Bar
Yaffa Cafe
Culture Fix
Cafecito
Royale Bar
Kafana

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com