Fun, unique lunch, snacks, treats and dinner for one near The Carlton Hotel l
I will be joining my husband on a business trip in May, staying at the Carlton Hotel (88 Madison Ave)
I will be walking the area, would you be so kind to suggest some unique, tasty lunch, snack and treats in that part of Manhattan? I love food trucks, cupcakes, thai, chinese, middle eastern- I like to sample unique treats on each trip. Thanks, so much!
The Carlton is at 28th and Madison, which is a great home base, you'll be near the Ace Hotel, Curry Hill, Madison Square Park, Koreatown, etc.
How long will you be around? What's your budget? Most of the food trucks are only there for weekday lunch. Sounds like you'll be walking around and noshing while he's busy, and you'll meet up for dinner?
There's not really a lot of good cupcakes in the area (Crumbs and Baked by Melissa are not great), same for Chinese and Thai.
Some ideas for you:
No 7 Sub -- creative sub sandwiches
Stumptown Coffee -- they also serve baked goods by the Breslin, Momofuku Milk Bar, and I thought I saw some Doughnut Plant items last time I was there
Eataly -- lots of goodies in here to eat and buy, salumi, cheese, sandwiches, gelato, pizza, pasta, there's also a cooking school, seafood counter, espresso counter, and more
Kalustyan's -- a great spice and cooking supply shop with a food counter in the 2nd floor, try the mujadara
Lamazou -- excellent cheese and sandwich shop
Defonte's -- Italian American subs
Blue Smoke -- BBQ, they also have a bake shop in front
Calexico Cart -- Cali-Mex
Saravana Bhavan (aka Saravanaas)
Roomali -- for a Kati roll
The Luke's Lobster and Cool Haus trucks used to park around 23rd and Park Ave but both are "hibernating" at the moment I think.