Next time I go there, I'll stop by Paulie's on Baxter for a sandwich. The staff here are Asian but I assume this was an Italian deli originally. There are plenty of sandwich choices, but also breakfast dishes and hot plates. Who wouldn't want to get food at a place with such an inviting sign?
The one anxious moment during today's Chinatown visit was passing my favorite luncheonette, Cup & Saucer, on Canal & Eldridge. Back in May, Grub Street reported that the restaurant's building was for sale, and EV Grieve followed up on the news. I don't know what's going on there right now. The building looks pretty much the way it did a couple of months ago, with most of the upper windows boarded up & that real estate sign still posted. Cup & Saucer is very much alive though, & if I weren't so stuffed with turnip cake & pork buns I would've gone in for eggs & hash. Tomorrow. Breakfast. That place makes me happy & sad & happy again, all in the space of one glance. I don't think there's a more perfect looking luncheonette in the whole city, and I hope (a little desperately) that it can hang in there as the forces of change roll relentlessly along.