Hudson Eats

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So, I’ve been hearing a lot about the recently opened Hudson East at Brookfield Place in the Financial District. It’s a food hall (which, is a fancier version of a food court) and holds some of the greatest restaurants from around the city all in one place. Most of the options are all from quick serve merchants, so, it fits really well in this type of atmosphere. So, what I’ll say is, walking around the food hall, located around lots of offices, it felt more like a corporate dining hall. But, you know, like the best corporate dining hall ever. Aside from that, I think it works well for tourists who are in the area to visit the Freedom Tower and memorial.

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Beautiful seating with a view, can’t really beat that. This is the set up for most of the seating. Below is a full list of the vendors. Good luck deciding, because they all look amazing.

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Black Seed, which I recently reviewed, has Montreal meets NYC style bagels.

Blue Ribbon Sushi (coming soon) serves their famous sushi from their SoHo location.

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Chop’t serves made to order salads.

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Dig Inn has farm to plate food, featuring their market plates, sandwiches and more.

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Dos Toros is a taqueria serving fresh and local tacos.

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Little Muenster  makes a “super fancy grilled cheese”.

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Mighty Quinn’s is serving Taxas/Carolinas style BBQ. 

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Num Pang, who I’ve also reviewed, is making delicious, gourmet, Cambodian sandwiches.    

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Olive’s provides quality, prepared foods.

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Skinny Pizza makes environmentally conscious, thin crust pizzas.

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Sprinkles is famous for being the world’s first cupcake bakery.

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Tartinery  serves their tartines, a Parisian styled flatbread made on sourdough.

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Umami Burger makes their quality burgers with their special Umami Master Sauce. 

The Shorts:
Name: Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place
Location: 200 Vesey Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Technically, the selection is great, so, yes. However, This isn’t really an area I find myself in often, which is why I said it makes a really great stop for work people in the area, or tourists. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, if this is a pit stop, it gives you a great selection of food options that everyone can enjoy. And, if the weather is nice, you can take it out to eat by the river (just right outside). 

Num Pang Sandwich Shop

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Had a Cambodian inspired sandwich recently? No? No problem, you can just go to Num Pang Sandwich Shop at one of their five NYC stores. I stopped by their Grand Central location.

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It’s a quick-serve environment, mainly take-out, but a couple of the locations have seating. One thing that themes all of the locations is the fun, vibrant graffiti-clad walls and the hip-hop music that you’ll hear. Since it’s not Burger King, they request that you don’t ask to modify their sandwiches and enjoy them as they’ve been designed. Which, is no problem since there’s really something for everyone, including great salads and sides. 

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I ordered Roasted Cauliflower (Cucumber, Pickled Carrots, Cilantro, Chili Mayo, Chinese and Thai Eggplant Spread, Chili Soy). This sandwich was awesome. First off, this thing is meant best for the likes of Mick Jagger or a snake with an unhinged jaw…it’s huge. Once you get past the fact that you probably won’t be a clean-eater, you’re able to enjoy it’s awesomeness. The bread is toasted, crisp on the outside, warm and pillowy on the inside. Then you have the creamy chili mayo on top of the fresh, crunchy cucumbers and pickled shredded carrots. The roasted cauliflower has a great crunch to it, but still a little bit tender on the inside. One of the most special things about this sandwich is actually the Chinese and Thai eggplant spread. I’d like to order a jar of that, please. It’s savory, a little bit sweet, and has a great heat behind it. 

The Shorts:
Name: Num Pang Sandwich Shop
Location: 140 East 41st Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? That eggplant spread alone got me hooked.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely. Super legit sandwiches, with a great variety.