Day 29Cucina Bene41 Exchange Pl.Jan. 22, 2007It lurks behind constructionweirdly lit, almost dingyseats 20No menu to let you knowPizza is not their only businessThey seemed puzzled by my requestfor lentil soupChicken? no, lentilChicken? no, lentilHere's the lentil soupHere's the Chicken soup!I would like the lentilLentil?yes pleaseAnd the royal treatment began:two rolls specially toasted in the pizza ovena ketchup condiment container full of lemon juicea cup of pureed spicy amazing lentil soup for 3 buckssmiles, gratitude, warm winter soup cheer.Cucina Bene turned out to be the gem in the construction forest.
Day 28Corner Gourmet84 William St.Jan. 17, 2007A unique layout - looking in thru the door it appears to be a hole-in-the-wall that sells sodas and coffee. All the action is to the left, up a couple of steps and around a corner. Decent sized deli, with a tossed salad station, pizza bar, sandwich bar, and hot food area. The $6.50 chicken cordon bleu was decent, but they forgot to give me plastic utensils. Nothing outstanding about the Corner Gourmet, but then again, nothing outstandingly wrong, either.
Day 27Cordato's New York94 Greenwich St Jan. 3, 2007Dingy veggie burger, dingy ambiance. The sign out front says it's also a bar, but inside there was no trace of a bar. I asked while paying for my dingy veggie burger and found out that behind the dingy door at the back of the deli area with the funny black-and-white poster on it is a bar area that stays open until 4am! Fascinating. Would be worth a visit and at the very least a guaranteed full evening of dingitainment.
Day 26Corbet & Conley 132 Greenwich St Jan. 2, 2007Wood paneling on the outside; no-nonsense luncheonette vibe on the inside. No line whatsoever at 12:30 on the first Tuesday of 2007. I opted for the turkey and vegetables over rice, which ended up being lots of food (which turned out to be good!) for $6.46. Pleasantly surprised.