The Lenox Hill area of the Upper East Side — home to the new Q sight stop at Lexington Ave./63rd St. — isn’t the easiest nabe for a discerning snack. With some-more white tablecloth restaurants around than delis, where do you go when you wish something good, easy and affordable? Here are the 3 favorite spots.
Farinella is one of the singular Manhattan cut shops where your counter-person competence actually pronounce Italian. Not only is owners and executive cook Alberto Cretara from Italy — he owns two other outposts Uptown — so are many members of his staff.
They can simply explain the non-standard figure of the pizza here, which is finished in the Roman style. That means thin, chewy-crusted pizzas baked into 4-foot-long rectangles that the shop calls “palam.”
The toppings are also traditionally Italian, like the “DOC,” done with buffalo mozzarella from Italy, tomato sauce, basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano. (A slice, which is served cut into two squares, is $7).
Staffer Alba Ziane, a Milan native, loves the “Felice” — “It means happy in Italian,” she says. It’s done with burrata cheese, a creamier cousin of mozzarella, and truffle oil, arugula and skinny shavings of tainted Pecorino Romano. (A cut is $7.75.)
Ziane also recommends the arancini “deluxe,” or cheese-stuffed rice balls dressed with a dab of ricotta and tomato salsa ($9).
Farinella: 788 Lexington Ave., nearby 61st St., (212) 256-1872
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When Jae Chung and his hermit and cook Jay Jung non-stop Korean Express in 2011, says Chung, it was formed on Jung’s faith that Korean food could interest to everyone.
Their camber was right: Now the brothers own two some-more restaurants (one on Amsterdam Ave., one in Astoria) and will shortly launch a Korean food authorization called Purple Rice on W. 30th St.
Though you can get neatly-packed takeout boxes from Korean Express, it also offers list service finish with banchan, or free little snacks like residence done kimchi and splendid yellow rounds of preserved daikon radish. Eating in is by distant the best option if you wish to try the platter of grilled kalbi, or thin, bone-in slices of cooking brief rib over honeyed white onion (it’s $23.95 with miso soup and white rice and arrives still-sizzling); or kimchi-fried rice with a runny-yolked egg and the cooking beef called bulgogi ($11.95).
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Another favorite is rabokki, a brew of sharp red chile salsa and the tubular Korean rice cakes called tteokbokki — they’re like long, chewy gnocchi — with shredded vegetables, fish cakes, a hard-boiled egg and ramen noodles for $13.95.
Korean Express: 807 Lexington Ave., nearby 62nd St., (212) 755-0123
Pretty in pink
There are dozens of ice cream lorry drivers around the city, but few have the aptitude of Maria Sol, whose hand-painted, peachy-pink beauty of a box lorry is called Mr. Cream. (It’s named Mr. even yet she is a Ms., Sol explains, given she believes it just sounds better.)
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Sol has owned and run Mr. Cream for 9 years, but has been selling ice cream given 2003. It’s a good way to be your own boss — and make summer fantasies come loyal with soft-serve concoctions like the “cherry merlin,” or a whirl of vanilla with rainbow sprinkles next and cherry drop up top. Like all of Sol’s singular cones, it’s $4. (Fruit smoothies and shakes are $6, while popsicles are $3.50.)
You can find Sol — whose uniform mostly includes a clean-cut white pig cake shawl and shades — nearby the dilemma of 64th St. and Third Ave. from Apr compartment October, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Mr. Cream: northeast dilemma of 64th St. and Third Ave., no phone.
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