Fast, cheap food is getting the attention usually reserved for no-ressie restaurants like the Spotted Pig. As predicted, Woodside’s new outlet of the Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee has been mobbed since it opened on Valentine’s Day and Serious Eats queued up. “At 3:15 p.m. I joined the line that snaked down 63rd Street. By the time 5:00 p.m. rolled around and I got my food, I was hungry enough to eat my left arm.” Meanwhile, in the financial district, you are advised to reserve at least 40 minutes for lunch in order to try a new bánh mì cart, according to Midtown Lunch. Jollibee at least sounds novel enough to be worth the wait, if you have time. Serious Eats enjoyed crispy and juicy fried chicken (the restaurant makes 2,5000 pieces a day) and glass noodles sauced with pork cracklins and shrimp. If you have fifteen minutes in downtown Manhattan, you might as well walk to Chinatown for a cheaper, similar bánh mì.
Woodside's Jollibee Jam-Packed with Nostalgic Filipinos [Serious Eats]
Downtown Lunch: Long Lines Plague the New Banh Mi Cart [Midtown Lunch]
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