By Brian Ormsbee (NY MAG) on 5/17/2011
I tend to come here every so often for lunch. It's a 3-block walk from my office which forces me to get out from behind my LCD screen and take in the fresh air - um I mean fumes and exhaust. When you walk in, it's a bit overwhelming. First and foremost, it is a market. Not sure I would classify it as a bodega as others have. To me a bodega is much smaller, less variety in terms of products, and there is a one-eyed shop cat roaming around. As you snake your way around the joint, you will notice there is a lot to choose from when it comes to lunch. They have pre-made salads, fresh sushi from the sushi bar and prepared hot foods from the back counter. When I say hot, I mean HOT! Be careful. Today they scorched the label on the container holding my lunch. Fortunately, it did not result in burnt food. Their hot foods counter has a lot to choose from. Today they had a really nice looking roasted chicken, turkey, turkey burgers, pastas, grilled veggies, meatloaf - you name it. I went with the turkey burger sans bun and grilled vegetables. They were quite tasty. I also had a small beef/bean chili. Very good as well. I recommend going there if you are searching for a place to pick up lunch or dinner and want variety. It can be a little pricey. However, compared to other deli's in and around the area, it is fine. I think you will also find the quality of the ingredients to be on a higher level than those of the other delis.