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    Tres Carnes: Barbecue and Tex-Mex Hook Up

    by  • February 26, 2015 • UN EATS • 

    Tres Carnes, a New York mini-chain with a new branch in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan, touts its food as a marriage of Tex-Mex and Texas-style barbecue. The wedding may spice up your lunch hour, but the pairing does not dazzle. While some of the dishes stand out, it’s mostly just Mexican...

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    Eating Like an Italian at Alidoro

    by  • January 8, 2015 • UN EATS • 

    Alidoro is the sandwich shop of my dreams, and that’s a problem. Other people seem to feel the same way. Drop by between 11:30 and 2:30 and you may get so hungry waiting in line to order your lunch you’ll be tempted to put in a call to Domino’s. Situated on a nondescript stretch of...

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    Asian Fusion That Shines With Star Power

    by  • October 30, 2014 • UN EATS • 

    Fusion is the fashion these days, but the concept is fairly fuzzy. It can just mean that an Italian and an Argentine got married and decided to share a stove. But if you’re lucky, it will really mean that some great minds with good cooking skills have pooled ingredients and techniques from different parts...

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    Luke’s Lobster, Offering Seafood Alfresco

    by  • September 18, 2014 • UN EATS • 

    If you didn’t know it was there, you could easily walk right by the new Luke’s Lobster, just east of Third Avenue on East 43rd. Scaffolding next door has left the double glass doors at the front of the restaurant in the dark, and there’s only a small blackboard sign to let you know...

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    Blue Olive Market: Rack of Lamb to Go

    by  • May 8, 2014 • UN EATS • 

    Blue Olive salad bar

    At the Blue Olive Market, a new casual restaurant and carryout service in the United Nations neighborhood, you can be out the door in minutes with a lunch of rack of lamb — four lovely rare-cooked chops — along with two vegetable side dishes, all for the princely sum of $13.95. The market, on...

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    At Masq, Burlesque Mixed With a Notable Kitchen

    by  • September 15, 2013 • UN EATS • 

    Masq Restaurant and Lounge

    At long last, there’s a burlesque hall right down the street from the United Nations. I just go there for the food, of course. “From live music and always plenty of room to dance, to Dinner Theatre featuring Coney Island Side Shows, Burlesque and Soulful Singing, our entertainment is always eclectic and fun!” boasts the...

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    A New Cafe, Worthy of Dag’s Plaza

    by  • August 4, 2013 • UN EATS • 2 Comments

    Dag Burger

    Dag Hammarskjold never had it so good — the plaza, that is, and not the late great United Nations secretary-general. After years of putting up with mediocre cafes in one of the city’s most pleasant outdoor spots, a tree-shaded stretch of 47th Street between First and Second Avenues, members of the UN community and...

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    Dee Daa: A Party in Your Mouth

    by  • July 1, 2013 • UN EATS • 

    Dee Daa in Midtown Manhattan

    Thai fast food in Midtown: Five words that conjure up soggy stir-fries aging on steam tables or bland fusion fodder. But Dee Daa, a perky place that just opened on East 44th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues, is actually turning out tasty dishes cooked largely to order and pretty much in the spirit...

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    Good to Go: What’s Healthy, What’s Got Taste

    by  • May 7, 2013 • UN EATS • 

    Good To Go apple sausage and veggie chili

    When I ordered a cup of “natural veggie chili” at Good to Go Organics the other day, the friendly, aim-to-please counterman told me I would never guess it was vegetarian. “Customers are always asking me if I gave them the beef chili by accident,” he said. “It tastes so meaty.” But that wasn’t the...

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    Past Haunts the Present at a Neighborhood Fixture

    by  • January 8, 2013 • UN EATS • 

    Alcala Restaurant

    Alcala Restaurant has been dishing out traditional Spanish fare to the United Nations community for decades, and a recent move from East 46th Street to East 44th appears to have done nothing to change it, from the old-fashioned menu to the regulars at the next table. You’ll find the same dishes the last time...

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    Fussing With New Fusion

    by  • December 2, 2012 • UN EATS • 

    Amaze restaurant Midtown NYC

    What are we to think about a place named Amaze Fusion and Lounge? Its Web site says that “Amaze’s atmosphere, which complements and attracts a fashion, music and entertainment clientele, takes you off the busy streets of Manhattan and transcends you to the middle of the Asian culture.” But that doesn’t really seem to...

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    Socarrat, Where the Reigning Star Is Paella

    by  • October 8, 2012 • UN EATS • 

    Paella, the daily special at Socarrat in Midtown Manhattan

    It’s not every day that you want to drop $30 or $40 on lunch. But if you have the time to pamper yourself with a nice relaxed meal, check out the new Socarrat Paella Bar. It looks, feels and tastes more New York than Valencia, but Socarrat, located on Second Avenue just above 50th...

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