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Lulu & Me Restaurant in Nomad closes

lulu and me closedAfter a little over 3 years in business, Lulu & Me restaurant (253 5th Avenue @ 28th St) has closed in Nomad. The Italian eatery owned by husband and wife team, Michael Miele and Karen Fohrhaltz, (Amsterdam’s Bar & Rotisserie and The Metro Grill) served Italian ‘gastropub’ type food.

As we have mentioned many times over the years, the Madison Square Park area is a competitive landscape for Italian cuisine including A Voce, Maialano, Manzo, Birierra, the rest of Eataly, plus Zio, Obicà Mozzarella Bar, SD26, Aselina, Basta Pasta, i Trulli, Magia Osteria Italiana, and pizza spots Forcella, Waldy’s, La Pizza Fresca, Grimaldis, Zero Otto Nove, Tappo, and Eataly le Pizze.

There have been many Italian restaurant deaths over the last few years in the neighborhood. Be careful before opening an Italian restaurant in the area even if you think you have a great chef.

 

2015 Hot Chocolate Festival at City Bakery underway

The annual 2015 Hot Chocolate Festival (3 West 18th Street near 5th Avenue) is underway all February at City Bakery. The flavors range from the tame (Darkest Dark Chocolate) to the global (Vietnamese Cinnamon, Peruvian Milk Chocolate) to the whimsical (Sunken Treasure Hot Chocolate, Ode to the Polar Bear) and of course the Love Potion […]

Momofuku Milk Bar pop-up coming to Madison Square Park

Momofuku Milk Bar will set up a pop-up shop in Madison Square Park on Monday, February 2nd according to the New York Times. Milk Bar specializes in Momofuku’s desserts, and there will be some new ones for this popup including Cereal Milk Hot Chocolate (milk, white chocolate, cornflakes, brown sugar, salt) and Hot Apple Cider with Miso Butterscotch as well as their hot chocolate with charred marshmallows and famous cookies (compost cookies, corn cookies) and crack pie. Here is the standard Milk Bar menu (http://milkbarstore.com/main/menu/)

The Momofuku Milk Bar in Madison Square Park will reportedly be open from 10am-8pm every day. There is no end date currently announced but it should be with us through the winter.

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Dig Inn opens in Nomad, and the lunch lines are long

dig inn salmon and quinoaFollowing in the footsteps of popular salad spot Sweetgreen, Dig Inn opened last year in Nomad on Broadway (1178 Broadway at 28th Street) with farm to counter plates of eat in or takeaway lunch (or dinner).

They feature market plates which have a main protein such as Charred Chicken, Spicy Meatballs, Wild Salmon or Naturally Raised Flank Steak, plus a choice of 2 sides such as Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Quinoa Salad, Broccoli with roasted almonds and garlic) as well as sandwiched featuring Balthazar ciabatta and Salads. Much like Sweetgreen (who focuses on salads) Dig Inn source local, seasonal ingredients.

dig inn lineMuch like the lunch lines out the door at Sweetgreen, Dig Inn has gained immediate popularity with lunchers in the neighborhood. Restauranteurs and entrepreneurs out there considering a food spot near Madison Square Park and Nomad should take note that there is still a LOT of pent up demand for quality healthy takeaway lunch. (Think about that before you open another expensive white table cloth restaurant in the area).

As far as the food goes, it’s hit and miss. The quinoa salad is a favorite of this reviewer, as well as the spicy meatballs, but the wild salmon was overcooked and dry. But it is nice to know whatever you choose, it’s a healthy lunch alternative. Cost is about $10.

You can check out the menu at https://www.diginn.com/menu/.

 

Mexicue to open off of Madison Square Park at 225 5th Avenue

mexicue nomadWe get word that Mexicue will be opening up at 225 5th Avenue on the northwest side of Madison Square Park (between 26th and 27th Street). It is next to the 24 Hour Fitness in the Grand Madison building. The space was previously used for designer sample sales.

The Mexican meets BBQ concept has 2 other locations in Manhattan features buns, burritos, tacos, salads, bowls and plates such as Smoky Carnitas tacos, Green Chili brisket burritos, Smoked Chicken or Pulled Pork Buns, BBQ Rice Bowls, Southwest Chipotle Salad, and of chips & guac.

They also serve tequila and Bourbon drinks. Here is the current menu.

No word yet on an opening date, but construction of the interior is underway.

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