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Deal of the Day: Cheap Sidewalk Lunch at a Fancy SoHo Restaurant

Deal of the Day: Cheap Sidewalk Lunch at a Fancy SoHo Restaurant
Jennifer Sage

Welcome to the Downtown Black Out, where the food's going bad and the prices don't matter.

This sidewalk barbecue was the scene outside restauranteur Keith McNally's Balthazar, a French restaurant and bakery in New York's SoHo neighborhood.

Generally, an entree in Balthazar's mirrored, wood-paneled dining room will run you between $30 and $40. But today, there were three charcoal grills set up on the sidewalk, with Balthazar cooks doing a short-order fire sale of what we presume was meat that would have been spoiled by the lack of electricity and refrigeration in lower Manhattan.

Eyewitnesses reported that you could get a steak sandwich for $5.

Jennifer Sage

Henry Grabar is a freelance writer and a former fellow at The Atlantic Cities. He lives in New York. All posts »

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