Monday, October 17, 2011

IGK --International Gourmet Kitchen 10-14-2011

Location: 505 8th Ave.
Time: 12:30pm

Feelings: I usually have a difficult time finding lunch after sample sales in garment district, and most of the time I find myself at Macaron Cafe. After finding out about a new lunch spot, cutely named "IGK" International Gourmet Kitchen, I decided to walk over to 8th Avenue.

The name, IGK is perhaps a bit misleading. It gives an impression of a modern food court like Food Gallery 32 and Eaterly, but what it really is just another deli with more Asian options. In that sense, it's somewhat similar to Cafe Duke, but IGK is more reasonable, spacious and clean, and they carry pho! I must have overheard at least two businessmen asking, "What's P-H-O?"

A sudden outbreak of a 102 degree fever and a severe sore throat last week left me weak, and all I could think of eating was my number one comfort food -- ramen. My fried tofu ramen ($6.95) was more Korean style with a bit of spiciness and egg drop. The noodles were a bit overcooked, but it was overall hearty and filling. It would be a perfect bowl of deli ramen for a brisk day to come.

IGK also offers other Asian treats like pad thai, yakisoba, and curry rice as well as your standard deli options such as salad and sandwiches. I actually even saw burritos near the entrance, so I suppose this place really is an international gourmet kitchen after all.

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