In July of 2016, A Tastes of Times Square was forced to leave their location inside the Petroleum Building and move into their new spot at 217 E. Douglas. That is on Douglas between Market and Broadway.
A Taste of Times Square serves Gyros, Paninis, Fresh Baked Bread and New York Style sandwiches. They also serve breakfast. Many of their menu items are named after famous New York landmarks, neighborhoods and people.
You can view their menu on their Facebook page here.
They are open Monday – Sunday 10am – 2pm.
While I never had a chance to try them at the Petroleum Building, I was excited at the chance to stop by the new location. I rounded up a group of co-workers who too have never been.
One of the first things I ordered upon arrival was order their Mango drink. I was made with real big chunks of mango. As a huge fan of mangos, I was in love with this drink. As anyone would guessed, it tasted just like mangos. Mind…..Blown…..
As our group settled and had a chance to look at the menu, we ordered a wide assortment of items off of the menu.
Rocky Balboa: Pastrami, Swiss, lettuce, tomato, red onion, black olives, Mayo and Dijon mustard on fresh baked French bread.
Little Italy: Ham, pepperoni, provolone, lettuce, tomato, red onion, black olives, Times Squares White Sauce (TSWS), and Dijon mustard on fresh baked French bread.
Queens Plaza: 2 eggs, 2 strips of bacon, 2 sausage links, 2 pancakes and hash browns.
Lincoln Center: 2 eggs, choice of meat, hash browns, and pancakes.
Bryant Park Burger: 1/3lb all beef patty served on a toasted bun with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle.
NYC Taxi Driver: Grilled marinated halal chicken on a bed of seasoned Basmati rice topped with lettuce, tomato and TSWS.
I had the Rocky Balboa which is the last picture shown. Nice good slices of Pastrami with all the proper fixings to complete a sandwich. The mayo and Dijon mustard gave it that extra zing it needed. My favorite might have been the French bread. When I saw it, I was expecting it to be this tough hard piece of bread that would take away from the sandwich. It didn’t at all.
The breakfast items were both your traditional meals which wasn’t anything to write home about it. It was simple and tasted as expected. One did note the hash browns were really crispy which they liked.
The Little Italy sandwich in three words was “Very very good!” according to my colleague. The sandwich was served warm, not toasted. It was very fresh and delicious. The black olives really made the sandwich pop and the Times Square White Sauce was not to be missed. It gave the sandwich a nice creaminess and tang. There was nothing overly special about the fries but they were fresh and homemade.
Lastly, everybody’s eyes were focused on the NYC Taxi Driver (pictured twice as served and then mixed up). My colleague felt the food was delicious and superb. There were good-sized chunks of grilled marinated halal chicken. When mixed with the seasoned Basmati rice and TSWS, it was a meal to remember. A couple others including myself mentioned we would have to order this on our next visit.
Everyone was really pleased with the service of the guy running a Taste of Times Square that afternoon. He really catered to everybody needs. Having great lunch prices was a true cherry on top.
One area for improvement would be the ventilation. As the place got busier and the cooks were working harder, the dining area got quite smoky and the smell was very apparent in the area we sat. Otherwise everything else was great.
A Taste of Times Square is a place we would certainly return to in the future for a lunch visit.
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