Hai Street Kitchen Adds Screaming Tuna Roll

tuna-hai-street-400A lunchtime visit to the still-packing-them-in Hai Street Kitchen today revealed that the spot has added a new menu item. The Screaming Tuna is yellow fin tuna mixed with kimchi, gochujang sauce, sesame oil, pickled mango, lettuce, carrot, cucumber, red onion and asparagus. And like everything at Hai Street, it is then wrapped in rice and nori.

Though today’s wrap wasn’t the tightest I’ve received from Hai Street, the Screaming Tuna was another boldly flavored winner from Genji’s corporate offspring.

Hai Street Kitchen [Foobooz]

Cheu Noodle Bar Unifies Menu

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Yakisoba 2.0

Cheu Noodle Bar is now serving its dinner menu for lunch and dinner. That means buns, pigtails and Cheu fries all day.

The popular Washington Square West restaurant has also added several new noodle dishes to its menu.

  • Sour Broth – ground pork, fermented onion, flat noodle
  • Yakisoba 2.0 – shrimps, shiso verde, charred corn, radish
  • Cold Sesame 2.0 – tahini, yuba, marinated egg, cucumber

And the good news keeps on coming. Cheu will now be opening at noon on Saturdays and Sundays.

Full lunch and dinner menu »

First Bite: Good Stuff Eatery

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Top Chef runner-up Spike Mendelsohn is in town today for the grand opening of his Good Stuff Eatery. The 18th Street restaurant had a good crowd this afternoon but was doing an admirable job keeping up with curious first day eaters who lined up to the door.

The burger spot reflects Mendelsohn’s cocky persona with a painted wall stating “Food So Pure You’ll Think It’s Amish” to staff t-shirts thanking Shake Shack, Bobby’s Burger Palace and others while stating “we’ll take it from here.”

Mendelsohn himself, spent time working behind the counter, tossing trash away and also mingling with guests like you’d expect a celebrity to do.

And there was lunch » 

Café Ynez Adds New Items For The Summer

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Café Ynez is bringing the heat this summer with a few flavorful and authentic Mexico City additions to the menu. One of which includes a tostada with your choice of chicken, pork or steak on a fried corn tortilla finished off with refried beans, grilled onions, lettuce, pico de gallo, sour cream and queso fresco ($5).

Be sure to keep an eye out for the daily specials, like the vegetarian based tomato gazpacho topped with lump crabmeat or a quesadilla. And for the vegetarians? Cafe Ynez now offers a vegetarian enchilada with a fried egg, guacamole, queso fresco, red onion, sour cream and a red guajillo sauce in a corn tortilla.

Whether you’re chomping down on a tostada, slurping up gazpacho, or getting your veggies, just don’t forget to BYO. As long as you provide the tequila or wine, Café Ynez will do the rest with their rotating selection of margaritas or sangrias in a carafe ($8.50). With flavors ranging from Bloody Mary to Watermelon Mint, your hardest decision of the day may be which one (or how many) to get.

Café Ynez [Foobooz]

Better Than Brown-Bagging: 15 Cute Adult Lunch Boxes You’ll Love

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Just last week, I was on my way to work when I reached into my bag to get a water bottle. But instead of finding my water bottle, I found the salad that I had packed for lunch. Everywhere. The Tupperware that I put it in had opened in my bag, and there was kale and avocado covering everything.

As I rinsed salad dressing off all my belongings, I internally kicked myself for my vanity. You see, the idea of brown-bagging — or worse, plastic-grocery-bagging — my lunch every day makes me cringe. Ditto with the L.L. Bean monogrammed lunch boxes that my grandmother bought me in grade school. But I desperately needed something that would prevent accidents like this from ruining yet another bag. So I started looking for the perfect lunch box, and believe me, there are a ton of options. Below, find 15 adult lunch boxes that will make your sandwich look just a little more sophisticated.

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First Bite: Hai Street Kitchen & Co.

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I did not make it to Hai Street Kitchen & Co. yesterday for the free maki rolls. However, occasional Foobooz contributor Fidel Gastro did brave the line. Check out his story on the line and the roll on his own blog.

Today, curiosity was too much to resist, even at 1:10 p.m. when the line stretched beyond the front door. Nineteen minutes later I had my custom roll and headed back to the office to critique and eat.

I went with a custom roll of flank steak (it was pink in the center of the slices and just looked too good to pass up), spicy gochujang sauce, wasabi guacamole sauce, romaine, carrot and red cabbage. It was finished with a shaker shake of fried garlic flakes. The roll was $8.99 for the steak plus another 99¢ for the wasabi guac.

The taste test

CoZara Is Now Open for Lunch

Photo by Kyle Born

Photo by Kyle Born

Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka’s recently opened coZara at 33rd and Chestnut Streets is now open for lunch. The 140-seat restaurant is offering Japanese izakaya dishes like:

  • Maki wraps – Burrito sized wraps of soy paper and rice filled with spicy shrimp and Eel, salmon teriyaki and a mushroom with soy butter
  • Ramen – Shoyu (chicken thigh, shoyu egg, bok choy) and Paitan (pork belly, shoyu egg, black garlic oil)
  • Plates - Complete meal with entree choice of miso glazed salmon, chicken yakitoriand more, all served with rice, house salad with ginger dressing, edamame, pickled vegetable and miso soup.
  • Rice Bowls - Una Don (barbecue eel), Hawaiian Poke Don (Dashi-soy braised chicken) and Katsu Don (Dashi-soy braised Panko crusted pork)

coZara Lunch Menu (PDF)

coZara [Foobooz]

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