New York Minute, 491 Mount Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds. Phone: 9043 1838
Enjoying lunch at New York Minute is especially enjoyable, as only a week previously I’d ruminated on the fickle nature of this stretch of Mount Alexander Rd.
So it’s nice to welcome a newcomer.
Having been tipped off about this place – Hi, Nat! – and scoping out its website, I lose no time in getting up there.
Because the New York Minute menu is so extremely well thought out – nothing over $8, very succinct but with several bases covered – and the fact it’s open breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, it’s hard to see it becoming anything but a popular fixture.
It’s a small place, but the brown-toned fit-out is cool and there’s outdoor seating.
Unfortunately, as the place has been open only a few weeks, some of the sexier menu items are yet to eventuate – specifically the $8 Philly Cheese Steak, Pulled Pork Roll and Brisket On A Roll.
The super friendly staff assure they’ll be up and running in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime I’m happy to make do with what’s available.
A super homely and rich minestrone ($5) looks awesome, but I order the grilled chicken burger ($8) with a side of chips ($3) and a soft drink ($2.50 for a 200ml can).
The chips are hot, delicious, just crunchy enough and just plentiful enough to accompany a burger.
The chicken meat is tender and juicy, but lacking a little in the flavour department.
Happily, the same can’t be said for the cheese.
I’ve actually given up ordering cheese with any sort of burgers, as almost always it seems doing so is for form’s sake alone. How often can you actually taste the cheese?
That ain’t the case here – the thickish slice of gooey, grilled Swiss is really good.
The burger is completed with some good spinach leaves, tomato and chilli mayo.
I linger long enough to enjoy a beautiful cafe latte ($3).
Even with a slightly parsimonious soft drink serve, my lovely lunch is a brilliant steal at $16.50.
And I’m excited about returning to check out the BBQ items …