The original Blank Slate is in Nomad, but now there’s a location in Midtown East - and it’s a useful spot to know about if you live or work in the neighborhood. It’s a coffee shop with plenty of tables, and you can get a very decent salad or sandwich here. Plus, there’s wifi. So you can send some emails, work on a few spreadsheets, or play Oregon Trail while you hang out and have a snack.
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The Empellón in MIdtown is bigger and fancier than either of the Empellóns downtown, and it’s good to know about if you work in the area.
Xi’an Famous Foods
On one hand, Xi’an’s presence in Midtown is great because this area desperately needs more cheap and delicious things to eat for lunch. On the other hand, no one at your office wants to be around for the aftermath of those spicy cumin lamb noodles you ordered.
The best way for us to give you the lowdown on this place is to explain that it's really two different experiences: the bar, and the dining room. One is a three course, prixe fixe fine dining experience, the other sleek, more relaxed, often features some Action at the Bar. If you're going, go big and eat in the dining room.
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Ole & Steen
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