Vintner Wine Market, a deli attached to a wine store, is making excellent sandwiches under the Chowhound radar, Jim Leff reports. His chipotle chicken sandwich with Swiss was "really REALLY good." Vintner also offers cheese, charcuterie, salads, and well-chosen beers (recent draft choice: a Belgian-style Trippel from Green Flash Brewing in California). "Nice people, nice hang," Jim says.
A couple blocks away, Film Center Cafe, a seldom-mentioned Hell's Kitchen fixture, appears to be taking care of business. TrishUntrapped's recent after-theater dinner was highlighted by hearty, generous entrées of short ribs and lamb shank, both tender, flavorful, and beautifully braised. For starters, she'd recommend the margherita pizza: basil, mozzarella, and fresh-tasting tomato sauce on a crisp, thin, pita-like crust. "It was delicious and hit all the right notes," Trish says. And making this post-matinee date even better, she and her husband were able to sink happily into a cozy leather booth where they "could actually sit next to each other and canoodle a little."
Unlike Trish, robertgoulet hasn't been feeling the love—at least when it comes to the neighborhood Indian options. So he was delighted by the chicken tikka masala and garlic naan he had delivered from Punjabi Tadka. "The naan was still steaming and that perfect combo of crispy/tender," he says, "and the tikka masala was rich, creamy—and spicy! It had a depth of flavor that I was not expecting."
Vintner Wine Market [Hell's Kitchen]
671 Ninth Avenue (between W. 46th and 47th streets), Manhattan
Film Center Cafe [Hell's Kitchen]
635 Ninth Avenue (between W. 44th and 45th streets), Manhattan
Punjabi Tadka [Hell's Kitchen]
688 10th Avenue (between W. 48th and 49th streets), Manhattan