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Hometown Bar-B-Que

Arguably the best BBQ in New York City, the picture below speaks for itself. Hometown BBQ in Red Hook, Brooklyn is doing things right. Yes, it’s a little bit of a trek to get there (for all you Manhattanites), but it’s worth the journey. The menu is filled with brisket, pulled pork and lamb belly, as well as artery-clogging sides like mac and cheese. Top it all off with a brunch Bloody Mary with candied bacon and you’ve got yourself quite the meal.

Tip – check them out on weekends when there is live country music, but get there early or you’ll be stuck waiting in a VERY long line.

Hometown BBQ

Hometown Bar-B-Que Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Go!Go!Curry!

No, I’m not screaming at you. That’s the name. A bunch of us at work devoured some delicious Go!Go!Curry! the other day. Below, say hello to the “home run” – sausage, pork or chicken, shrimp and egg. Kudos all around to this delicious treat. It clearly wasn’t the healthiest thing I could have eaten for lunch, but shout out to Andrea for the tip! Go go there today!

Go!Go!Curry! Home Run

Go!Go!Curry! Menu

Bluestone Bistro

Delicious lunch at Bluestone BistroPan seared salmon was to die for as was the Crown Maple pot de creme dessert. Check them out in Poughkeepsie! 

Bluestone Bistro, Poughkeepsie, NY

Bluestone Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Now You Can Order Lunch by Text

This is pretty cool so check it out. No longer will you have to wait on long, 15-25 minute lines for places like Chipotle, sweetgreen, indikitch, etc. Arcade has simplified the lunch experience down to a single text message exchange. People can order lunch by simply texting “Yes”, taking all of 30 seconds of their day.

Each work day, Arcade offers users a single meal option from more than 150 New York restaurants. At 10 a.m., Arcade sends users a text with a description of the “dish of the day.” Users simply text “Yes” before 11 a.m. if they want to place an order, and Arcade guarantees delivery by 1 p.m. Arcade delivers made-to-order meals south of 59th Street. To sign up for the service, users simply text ARCADE to 22105.

As an added incentive to try them out, you can get 50% off your first order with promo code BARTONSBITES. 

Arcade lunch texting

Today, Arcade is launching their first in-person pick-up location and all orders are only $3. Users can text MENU to 22105 for the daily menu and they will be able to place their order right there, through SMS. Lunch will be ready for pickup between 12-2pm in NYC’s Flatiron District (13 E. 27th Street).

MOD Pizza

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The New York City lunch scene is dominated by build-your-own salad places. That’s all good and great, but what if you replaced that salad with a pizza?

I give you MOD Pizza, a fast-casual build-your-own pizza restaurant where you pick the toppings and they whip up a custom pizza. And don’t worry, you won’t be waiting around for 20 minutes like regular pizza places. The MOD team has perfected the art of turning around a finished product super quick – in a matter of minutes.

I recently checked out MOD Pizza in Willow Grove and loved it. The restaurant was bright, airy and gave off the vibe of a place I’d want to sit down at, relax and dominate a pizza.

Instead of picking my own toppings, I opted to try one of MOD’s own creations, the Caspian. We’re talking a pizza made with mozzarella, gorgonzola, BBQ chicken, BBQ sauce and sliced red onions. Love at first sight (and taste).

The Caspian hit the spot. The pizza came out in a matter of minutes, tasted great and had an enormous amount of toppings. I’m sure this place is a hit for the weekday lunch crowd. For the price, you can’t beat MOD. It has to be one of the best deals in town.

MOD Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Move Over Chipotle, There’s a New Game in Town – Oxido Grand Opening Today

Oxido – 18 West 23rd Street, Manhattan, New York

Watch out Chipotle! Oxido opens today in the Flatiron District and it’s the latest fast casual restaurant in New York City featuring authentic flavors of modern Mexican cuisine.

I checked it out last night during the pre-opening festivities and dare I say this place has fresher and more flavorful ingredients than Chipotle, with a few additions outside Chipotle’s wheelhouse.

Pictures of some of the delicious food are below. I highly recommend the grass-fed grilled garlic steak and queso sauce. Order off the secret menu and get the “Make it Dirty” nachos. You can’t go wrong.

If you aren’t convinced yet, during today’s grand opening 1/2 of all proceeds will benefit Food Bank For New York City! Don’t miss it!

Oxido Fast Casual Mexican in New York City

Oxido Fast Casual Mexican in New York City Oxido Fast Casual Mexican in New York City Oxido Fast Casual Mexican in New York City

Darrow’s Farm Fresh Takeout

Darrow’s Farm Fresh Takeout – 115 East 18th Street, Manhattan, New York

There’s a newcomer in the Flatiron/Union Square food scene. Perfect for the work crowd looking for a healthy, nutrient-rich lunch, Darrow’s aims to provide New Yorkers with high-quality food using local and organic ingredients.

Darrow's Farm Fresh TakeoutDarrow’s features a menu that spans breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have an in-house nutritionist, Julie Starr, to make sure that every meal – from granola, chai pudding, and frittatas for breakfast; to sandwiches, salads and special functional plates for lunch/dinner – are designed to keep you energized throughout the day.

Darrow's Farm Fresh Takeout

I had the chance to try a bunch of dishes off the menu and they definitely were very tasty and had me leaving Darrow’s feeling really good about myself.

Black, Red and Wild Rice Salad
Black, Red and Wild Rice Salad

Black, red and wild rice salad is made up dried berries, hazelnuts, apples, pomegranate and spinach, topped with delicious and creamy sheep’s yogurt. This was addictively good. Highly recommend!

Charred Broccoli and Red Pepper Skewers
Charred Broccoli and Red Pepper Skewers

Even side dishes as simple as charred broccoli and red pepper skewers were delicious. This side dish had an almond butter satay sauce that gave these simple veggies just the extra taste needed to make them something I (the guy who hates vegetables) would regularly order.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Another side dish, roasted Brussels sprouts, is served with Oaxacan-style peanuts.

Darrow's Farm Fresh Takeout

The interior of Darrow’s features a bunch of tables each with self-service iPads that sends your order directly to the kitchen. From there, your order is brought to your table and you can pay via the iPads as well. Sounds like a dream for those that want an undisturbed atmosphere with no hassles.

The Verdict

Darrow’s has some pretty delicious food that not only tastes great, but is really good for you. I see Darrow’s as similar to Dig Inn, but with much more space and room for seating. This place is going to do great in the work lunch scene. The only downside are the prices. Some lunch/dinner items cost $13.75, with chicken or salmon costing an additional $7/$8. That makes a $20+ lunch – a bit pricey in my book. Stick to sandwiches and salads in the $9/$10 range for more reasonable dining options. 

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Rocky Comes to Broadway… with Philly Cheesesteaks

I was invited to check out Rocky on Broadway and thought it was only fitting to have some Philly cheesesteaks beforehand (or at least as close as you can get in New York City).

Rocky on Broadway

There are only a few spots to throughout the city where you can get a good cheesesteak and I gave Shorty’s in Hell’s Kitchen a try.

Shorty's Cheesesteak

Shorty’s supposedly has some connection to the historic Tony Luke’s in Philadelphia and it shows. The Hell’s Kitchen location is more like a bar than anything, with a kitchen in the back. Don’t let this fool you though. The cheesesteaks are legit. The bread has a slight crunch to it as you bite into tender slices of beef covered in Cheez Whiz. These may not be as good as what you can get down in Philly, but it’s a solid alternative.

Shorty's Cheesesteak

Now onto the show! If I had only one word to sum up Rocky on Broadway it would be WOW. Lead actors Andy Karl and Margo Seibert deliver tremendous performances. The sets left me speechless – seemingly having their own well-rehearsed choreography as pieces moved back and forth making up the ring, boxing gym and apartments.

While the first act took a little while to capture me, I’ve never seen an audience so completely engaged from the start of the second act. The theater was cheering throughout act two as the play built up to a show-stopping ending never before seen on Broadway (I won’t ruin it for you). Macho men that think Broadway isn’t for them – if you ever wanted to go see a show, now is the time.

Please note: Barton’s Bites received complimentary tickets to Rocky on Broadway. 

The Sandwich Bar

The Sandwich Bar  33-01 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, New York

The DItmars area of Astoria is turning into quite the food hot spot, and I’m not talking about the traditional Greek restaurants that Astoria is known for. Ditmars is being built up with an eclectic food culture spanning your traditional Greek to new American to Australian and everything in between.

One such place, The Sandwich Bar, is the perfect spot for a relaxed, low-key lunch.

The Sandwich Bar Astoria

The Sandwich Bar is a small spot with limited inside seating. However, they have a good amount of outside seating so if it’s a nice day out opt for some sun. The delicious menu consists of various appetizers, burgers, hot and cold sandwiches and salads.

Sweet Potato Tots The Sandwich Bar Astoria
Sweet Potato Tots

Sweet potato tots come out piping hot and covered in salt. They’re served with a side of spicy chipotle aioli. Delicious.

Braised Brisket, Chili Mayo, Roasted Peppers, Corn, Onions The Sandwich Bar Astoria
Braised Brisket, Chili Mayo, Roasted Peppers, Corn, Onions

The braised brisket sandwich is covered with chili mayo, chopped roasted red peppers, corn and onions. I’ve never had corn on a sandwich before but it was really good. This sandwich has lot of flavors going on, but the brisket emerged the winner. This sandwich wasn’t for clean eaters either. It was a mess to eat, but well worth it!

Braised Brisket, Chili Mayo, Roasted Peppers, Corn, Onions The Sandwich Bar Astoria
Braised Brisket, Chili Mayo, Roasted Peppers, Corn, Onions
Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad, Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Tomato and House Sauce The Sandwich Bar Astoria
Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad, Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Tomato and House Sauce

Yes, they also serve 1/2 salad, 1/2 sandwich options. The Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad wasn’t a favorite for Hailey. However, it was an upgraded version of a chicken salad sandwich, with large pieces of chicken breast used instead of your usual mixture of chopped chicken mixed with lots of mayo.

The Verdict

I don’t know if I’d consider these to be gourmet sandwiches, but The Sandwich Bar is trying to play in that space. I don’t think they’ve quite made it to that level, but the sandwich I had was really good and unique – I’ve never had a sandwich with corn on it before. I’d head back to The Sandwich Bar in a heartbeat if I’m looking for a relaxed, low-key lunch spot. 

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