If you have a little extra cash on you for lunch and you like your food with a side of technology, then make the trip over to Foodparc. I'm not going to lie I think it's pricey, but it's a cool concept and most of the food I had was good. Imagine an indoor/outdoor food concourse parc you would find in a high end strip mall or airport terminal. That's kind of what it reminds me of, but with a twist. There are different "parcs" for every cuisine: paninis and pasta at Fornetti, breakfast pastries and coffee at The Press, dim sum and ramen at Red Farmstand, and 3B's which stands for Bacon, Burgers and Beer. Talk about hitting every market. Once you know what you want, you can order from one of their self checkout computer screens. Don't know what you want? You can browse the menu on there too. I couldn't quite get the hang of that, so I ordered my food through a live human being. Imagine that.
One of the things that's cool about Foodparc is you can mix and match your order. For example, I got ramen noodles and a Pastrami egg roll (wait for it) from Red Farmstand, along with a stuffed hash brown with cheese and bacon from 3B's. Just that came to $20 though with tax. Womp. The ramen with pork, egg, and string beans in five-spice broth was salty and savory (just the way I like my ramen) and the pork was delicious. The egg roll with pastrami in it is from Katz's, the famous Jewish deli on the LES, and it is fried to crispy, flaky perfection and served with a side of spicy mustard for dipping. Duh. The most disappointing was the hash brown; kind of soggy, kind of mushy and not nearly enough bacon.