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Milano Market – Lunch, Not Dinner

This Wednesday Friendsday we decided to hit up Milano Market, an Italian deli and food emporium on the Upper East Side.  With the economy being as bad as it is, we figured we’d save a little money and bring the food back to our place.  Milano Market has a large selection of sandwiches and pastry, so I was really looking forward to this meal.  I ordered a sandwich on sea salt bread with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomato, pesto, avocado and for an additional dollar, roasted red peppers.  The sandwich was good, but all of us complained it was a little dry and mine definitely could have used a little more tomatoes and peppers. The sandwiches are fairly large though and could be made into two meals.  While the price wasn’t bad (about $9) I definitely see this place as more of a lunch spot than a dinner spot.  I am a fan of take out, but for dinner, I think take out might be best if it revolves around pizza, sushi and chinese food, rather than a deli sandwich.  The sandwich was filling, but just didn’t feel like a full meal.  At the same time, I might have felt this way because we tried to turn this into a Wednesday Friendsday spot.  If this was just dinner with the rommates, it might have felt a little different.

I also tried one of the cannolis from Milano Market.  While the filling was good, the shell was a little soggy – this could have been our fault though since we didn’t immediately eat or refrigerate the cannoli when we got home.

Overall, I’d head back to Milano Market – but for lunch.  However, if I’m looking to grab something quick before a night out and want to have leftovers when I get home, Milano Market will be my go-to deli.

The Basics
Name:  Milano Market
Location:  1582 3rd Ave (between 88th and 89th)
Who to take: Go alone or  with friends for take out
Price: Even a homeless man can afford it.  $
Overall:  Put it in the rotation.  4 Stars.

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