By grace.g.yang ยท November 30, 2007
Under: Cheap Eats,Dinner,Lunch,Midtown East

On a Friday after work, I stopped by the Starwich in the Citigroup Center for a quick bite to eat. Starwich has locations all over Manhattan and offers a healthy alternative for upscale food on the go. Since the Citigroup Center location mostly caters to people in Midtown and people leave work by 6PM on Fridays, they stock their kitchen accordingly. When I arrived at 6:30 (they’re open pretty late), Starwich was almost out of ALL of their menu options (no joke). I originally wanted the filet mignon sandwich (herb-crusted filet mignon, caramelized onion compote, roasted garlic and horseradish aioli, tuscan log) but since they were sold out of the tuscan log, I had to substitute the log with sourdough bread:

The bread was really dry and the meat wasn’t tender at all – it was really overcooked and tough. I wasn’t really a fan of the sandwich. The sourdough and the onions didn’t mix well together and I couldn’t even finish the thing.

Chris ordered the spinach salad with chicken strips:

The salad was dressed well but the chicken was dry and the only topping it came with was corn. I blame the crappiness of our meal to the fact that they don’t plan the logistics of Starwich correctly; shouldn’t they only keep Starwich open at 6:30 on a Friday night if they have business? I read that Starwich is really busy during lunch hours, so maybe during the rush they have more options.

Starwich is an interesting concept of a restaurant/cafe because they offer wi-fi and phone chargers along with comfy couches:

They also offer delivery throughout Manhattan (ANYWHERE), which I think is pretty convenient. The guy that was working was really friendly and I wish I had a better experience at Starwich, but I really disliked the food and the fact that they didn’t have anything from their menu.

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Reader Comments

I say you try it again! Give them a little credit, they were closing on a Friday…not a good excuse to deal out crappy food, but if it’s all the hype it’s supposed to be, then I say you return during lunch. Bon appetit!

Written By John James on November 30th, 2007 @ 8:44 am

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