At the suggestion of "Maria from the library" we tried Chicken Vongo (Vongo, aka "spitting fire chicken") on B'way at 207. The place was described in the local rag as "the brainchild of famed downtown master chef Simon Azoulay...[who] oversees...the Sutton Grill, Le Bar Bat, and Iguana..." This is exciting news up here.
The menu is middle-eastern but with a latin accent (tortillas available .50 extra), which a friend pointed out is probably necessary for survival in these parts.
The chicken vongo sandwich was interestingly spiced and drowned in tahina sauce--the first chicken that "tastes just like falafel." Husband Sam thought it was terrific--I being the little princess like white meat chicken with no fat or gristle, so I'll order the kebab next time. Their beef looked and smelled wonderful-- the potato-leek soup was totally creamed (not chunky like my standard at Cafe Edison) but pleasant. Hey, for $3.50 each (usually $4.95) the sandwiches were a bargain and $2 for the soup was fair.
Sides run from eggplant salad to chicken rolls to pan-roasted potatos.
I'd be curious about anyone else's experiences there.