Its hot and I wanna eat; What do you chow in the heat?
What are your top spots for lunch when the island boils over?
I prefer spicy food that isn't too greasy. My favorite choice would be Saravanaas for South Indian. But I just had that last week and would do anything - SE asian, different indian, korean, mexican, central & south american, even BBQ if its not too heavy (that may be asking for too much). Regardless, I want to know what other folks crave when sidewalk outdoor eating is unbearable.
I am off tomorrow for lunch, so make a good rec!
A big bowl of cold Japanese soba noodles works great on a hot day. Maybe with a simple cold brother or a peanut dressing. Menchanko-Tei, on east 45th, and west 55th, does this well in midtown. There are, especially recently, lots of places that do similar. Alternatively, for some reason a Vietnamese summer roll, freshly made, along with a tall glass of Vietnamese iced coffee always does the trick for me. Now you've gotten me hungry all over again.....
I like Fatty Crab's green mango with chili and watermelon pickle + crispy pork salad.
Casa Mono's cold tapas would also be fantastic with a glass of cold sangria.
For ceviche: Mercadito Grove.
Oh -- and how could I forget? Try Aquavit for its herring sampler and cold shell fish platters, washed down with ice cold aquavit and beer!
I've got a nice batch of gazpacho waiting for me in my fridge. But one of my favorite hot weather spicy meals is bi bim naeng myun -- Korean cold buckwheat vermicelli noodles in a spicy sauce with beef, vegetables, egg. Unfortunately due to an allergy, I don't eat it out anymore but have to make it at home. But I think You Chun is the place to go in Koreatown.