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I love New Orleans and it seems to come up a fair amount here on MidtownLunch.com. My wife and I were married there, I’ve written about it a few times, and 3 of our Profiled: Midtown Lunch’ers mentioned it as a place they’d rather be (Liz, Elizabeth and Nick). But for some reason, it didn’t sink in- until recently- that Two Boots was part Cajun. That’s right. The NY pizza chain with the strange decor and the weird, slightly overpriced slices of pie is actually half Italian, half Cajun… hence “Two Boots” (Italy & Louisiana).
Now, I’m sure some of you “smart” “observant” people, who don’t walk around with your “head up your ass” might be saying to yourself- “Gee Zach… what are you an idiot?” And to that I say, “Yes. Yes I am.” Alright, so I’m not that quick. I’ve gotten pizza from many of the various Two Boots locations around the city, and in all that time I never really noticed the Po’Boys or Jambalaya on the menu painted on the wall… just the pizzas in the glass case.
I’m not sure who clued me into the whole “Two Boots” thing, or the fact that they have things other than pizza… but as someone who is constantly on the lookout for quality New Orleans style food, I figured it was time to give the non pizza boot a try.
What I ordered, a run down of the pizzas and the +/- after the jump…
Every Tuesday I turn over Midtown Lunch to a random Midtown worker, for their favorite places to eat lunch in Midtown. This week, it’s Caitlin- a Real Estate Paralegal who loves Asian Food (and gravy… did you think I wouldn’t notice your comment yesterday?) She also clued me in to what wiener really means…
Occupation: Real Estate Paralegal/Soon-to-be Law Student
Where in Midtown do you Work?: Grand Central Area
Favorite Kind of Food: Probably anything Asian would qualify… I’m a pushover for good sushi, I’m a dim sum fiend, and I could probably eat my weight in curry, bi bim bap, or lad na. I’m from Montana, so I don’t know where the Asian hankering comes from.
Least Favorite Kind of Food: This is a tough question, since there are few things that I categorically dislike… usually if I don’t like something, it’s
because of poor preparation, not the food in question. That being said, shrimp are icky. I love all other (edible) crustaceans, but something about their shrimpiness just grosses me out. That and I had to de-gut about 20 pounds of jumbos for a wedding reception once.
Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown: I have to say the basil chicken at GoodPortions (Lex btw. 39th & 40th) is at a close tie with the chicken souvlaki at The Famous Chicken Place I recently discovered on 3rd at 39th. For a nicer place, you can’t beat the homemade pasta at Fagiolini at 39th and Lex.
The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Old Bridge Deli at 41st and Lex is the downfall of us all. It’s OK food, OK prices if you know the tricks, and it’s right across the street, so it has its advantages. Beware the “Chinese” food at the hot bar! But their breakfast specials can’t be beat… $1.25 for a large coffee and a bagel with butter? Shyeah!
Place you discovered on MidtownLunch.com: Unfortunately, most lunching spots are a bit out of my walking range for lunchtime, but I did discover Oms/b, that oasis of portable rice and goodness. I just might try Hurry and Tasty Curry this week.
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Seriously, I have to say Australia. I haven’t been to the Tuck Shop yet, but I am lusting for it. I spent a semester abroad in Melbourne when I was in college, and I still find myself craving the fish curry at this little shop by the Uni hospital. Food of the fishy gods. Also, you can’t beat a continent that deep fries balls of mashed potatoes and sells them with gravy at walk-up shops on the street. It’s also the best of both worlds because of its proximity to Southeast Asia… lots of Singaporian, Indonesian and Malaysian food. And if you haven’t had a Tim Tam with a cup of Milo, you haven’t lived..
Anything else you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? I’m buying a condo soon, so I’m trying to scrimp and save as much as I can. I’d love people to share their strategies for stretching a buck when eating out in Midtown and the places they go to do so…. Stuff like the Olive Garden trick: fill up on the free soup and salad, then take your entree to go. You get three meals out of one!
Interesting… surprisingly I’ve never tried the “Olive Garden” trick. The downside of that plan is you have to eat three meals from the Olive Garden. For those willing to brave it, there is only one Olive Garden in Midtown- on Broadway btw. 47+48th. (I’ll bet you the couple eating next to you, isn’t from New York…)
My tip for Caitlin, PLUS how you can be the next Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er… after the jump.
With nothing in mind to eat last week, I was wandering down 46th St. (btw. 5th & 6th) when I stumbled upon another one of those Kosher versions of the ubiquitous midtown deli. Sandwiches, Salad bar, etc… but a quick look at the menu in the window, and I discovered they had Chinese food! Now, I was brought up Jewish (a reform Jew, so we didn’t keep Kosher at all)- which means I love Chinese food (the goto meal on Sunday nights and Christmas). But what’s Chinese food without pork (and shrimp for that matter)??? I love pork. A lot. As a matter of fact, with all the pork I’ve eaten in my lifetime, I was sort of surprised that an alarm didn’t go off when I walked into Kosher Deluxe.
I bypassed the salad bar and shwarma station on the right, and headed straight to the back, where they serve a variety of sandwiches, dinner type dishes and of course- the Chinese food. The menu had most typical Americanized Chinese dishes (all served with chicken or beef)- like Lo Mein, General Chow’s, Beef or Chicken and Broccoli, Moo Goo Gai Pan, and my personal favorite- Pastrami Fried Rice, in case you had forgotten where you were. The big problem was the price. Almost every Chinese food item was over $12!!!! (And you didn’t even get shrimp!) I did a quick u-turn, figuring that it wasn’t worth the money- but something caught my eye on the way out. On the menu above the Shwarma station I saw it…. ”Shnitzel in Pita”. Helllllllo???
Now, I’m a big fan of wiener schnitzel (german fried veal cutlets), so how could Shnitzel be bad??? I spotted some delicious looking fried stuff below the Shwarma, next to the falafel that I was betting was the Shnitzel. I ordered it- and was not disappointed… (It is actually a misconception that wiener schnitzel is some sort of sausage- despite “wiener” being part of the name.
In German wiener actually means veal. Serves me right for just assuming crap. Wiener actually means Viennese… and a traditional cutlet from Vienna is usually Veal.)
The pics, +/- and the Midtown deal of the century… after the jump.