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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.
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 Liz- a sales assistant for the company that owns the Food Network! I love the Food Network… it’s like porn for fat guys.
Where in Midtown do you Work?:Scripps Network (Food Network, HGTV, etc) 6th Ave. btw. 46+47th
Favorite Kind of Food: Too many to name, but probably Italian.
Least Favorite Kind of Food: I pretty much like everything, although my least favorite is probably salad (or healthfood). Editor’s Note: If your favorite food is healthfood or salad, you are probably reading the wrong blog!
Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown: The falafel sandwich with Baba @ Bread & Olive.
The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Probably Bread & Olive… also Manhattan Cafe
Place you discovered on MidtownLunch.com: Daisy May’s BBQ cart. Also, I discovered that Variety Cafe was no longer up to health code standards, which was a good thing to know because I used to eat there a lot.
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Dallas, TX on Oaklawn & Maple (where I used to work). The job was bad- but Herrera’s (great Mexican food) was right down the street. Also New Orleans, anywhere close to Crabby Jack’s.
Well Liz, in defense of Variety Cafe, there are very few places in Midtown that haven’t been shut down for health code violations… (but I understand how you feel- I haven’t been back to Variety either). I also haven’t been back to Bread & Olive since I wrote about it in June as part of “Falafel Week“. I’ll have to check it out soon…
Also, you’ll be interested to know that the one Daisy May’s cart still in Midtown for the winter has moved again! Find out where, plus how you can be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er- 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 Alex- a Bank Analyst who’d rather be eating lunch in Japan (or St. Marks Place!)
Occupation: Analyst at a Bank
Where in Midtown do you Work?:Lex. btw. 45+46th (but our office is moving to Park and 23rd at the end of the year)
Favorite Kind of Food: Meat or Veg with Rice (in this order- Japanese, Chinese, Carts, Indian, Mexican Burritos).
Least Favorite Kind of Food: Anything with Cilantro
Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Bento boxes and rice balls at Cafe Zaiya. (Although Oms/b has great looking rice balls, the Spicy Tuna rice ball at Zaiya is more tasty.) Also, the Amish Market Proscuitto brick oven sandwich is a perfect blend of melted cheese, spinach and salty ham with a warm brick oven bun. Finally, this sit down Japanese restaurant called Don-buri (Hamburg steak and all the different sets, light the fire in my stomach). Plus you can have lunch there for less than $15 including tip.
The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Don-Buriya, however we end up eating at our desk most of the time and everyone has their own favorites… Sophie’s, Hale & Hearty, Metro, Amish Market, Hop Won & Chipotle.
Place you discovered on MidtownLunch.com: Just Salad
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Tokyo (like the previous profiled lunch’er Justin), with all the choices at the food supermarkets in the huge department stores. You would be amazed by all the choices of ramen, yakitori, bento, sushi, donburi, appetizers, etc. In NYC, there is no one spot for me, but I do like the mixture of flavors in and around St. Marks Place.
Anything you’d like to add? Although I haven’t found a burrito place better than Anna’s Taqueria in Boston, Pampano Taqueria’s Alambre Burrito is the closest thing I have tasted because of the mix of meat, rice, beans, salad, melted cheese, guacamole and sour cream. It’s the best combo to have in a burrito- unlike Chipotle (awaiting the backlash…) where cilantro rules the flavor of everything!
I think you are pretty safe from the Chipotle backlash on this site Alex. MidtownLunch practically began with a week-long bashing of the new Chipotle that opened up underneath my building. I’m still searching for a good burrito as well.
How you can be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er- 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 Liz. A Midtown East Saints fan who like me, would rather be eating Lunch in New Orleans!
Where in Midtown do you Work?: Near Grand Central
Favorite Kind of Food: Specifically, macaroni and cheese… but really anything involving cheese (except for blue), anything from New Orleans, seafood and beans. If it has any of those ingredients (or preferably multiple), or is from NOLA, you can count me in.
Least Favorite Kind of Food: Meatloaf
Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Park Italian Deli (45th btw. 5&6th). If I’m in the mood for hot food, the eggplant parm with whatever the pasta special of the day is. Otherwise, a sandwich of usually tuna salad or ham, turkey and fresh mozzarella.
The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: The Lunchbox (in the Graybar building attached to Grand Central). Not necessarily for lunch (except on a rainy day), but definitely a go to breakfast. Where else can you find a giant iced coffee for $1?
Place you discovered on MidtownLunch.com: Oms/b. Only tried it once, but it was pretty great. And I really need to check out Sophie’s Cuban.
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Definitely New Orleans (nothing beats a fried shrimp po’boy from Rodosta’s), but since that angle has already been covered by another Midtown Lunch’er, I’ll go with the East Village… specifically Avenues B&C. It’d be a toss up between the Fettuccine al Sugo Toscano at Max, the Manchego sandwich at Grape and Grain and the Kasespatzle at Zum Schneider.
Liz’s question to Midtown Lunch nation, our recommendations, plus how you can be the next Profiled Midtown Lunch’er, 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 Chris- author of www.eastvillageidiot.com and lover of burritos
Occupation: Communications Analyst
Where in Midtown do you Work?: 53rd & 7th Ave.
Favorite Kind of Food: Pretty much any type of burrito. If it can be wrapped in a tortilla, I probably like it.
Least Favorite Kind of Food: Olives. I don’t mind olive oil (it’s the only oil I cook with), but despite my Italian heritage, I just can’t get into olives.
Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown: The pulled pork sandwich from the Daisy May’s BBQ Cart. I’m heartbroken that I’ll have to walk an extra three blocks in the dead of winter to get it, but it’s a winner. I wish it came with some decent side dishes though. The slaw is good, but the other items need slaw too! When I come back from Daisy May’s, it always attracts a crowd in my office, since I have to sit at my desk and construct the sandwich.
The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: West 53rd St. Deli (btw. 6+7th). Nothing special, but it’s close and the hot sandwiches are decent. There’s usually a couple of specials for around $5 – a hot teriyaki or BBQ chicken wrap, chicken or meatball parm, and a quick burger that’s decent for the price. The salad bar is fresh and full of crisp fruits and veggies, but the hot food bar is soggy, tasteless and absolutely awful.
Place you discovered on MidtownLunch.com: Yips. I really don’t know why I hadn’t ventured across 6th ave. It’s amazing how quickly you can get a lunch there. The other day I was on the phone with a friend, and told her I’d call her back after I got my lunch. I walked in the door, ordered, paid, and was back on the phone in 45 seconds. It’s nothing authentic and nothing particularly special, but it’s the perfect quick lunch: filling, cheap, and fast.
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I envy my roommate who works across the street from Madison Square Park. The junior level analysts and assistants in his company do more standing in line at Shake Shack for their bosses than real, actual work. Plus, for a business lunch Grammercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, Tabla and Blue Smoke are a quick walk away.
Chris’s suggestion for a new burger in Midtown, a preview of tomorrow’s lunchtime post, and how you can be the next Midtown Lunch’er… 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 Cheryl- the girl who introduced us to Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine! (full review coming soon)
Occupation: Research Manager at a Non-Profit
Where in Midtown do you Work?:Lexington btw. 40th & 41st
Favorite Kind of Food: Salty kinds. For example, iskender, a Turkish dish consisting of a layer of cut up pita bread, covered with shaved lamb, tomato sauce (which makes the pita bread totally soggy and delicious), and yogurt. If you order this dish in Turkey, they pour a ladle full of hot butter on top. It makes my mouth water to think about it.
Least Favorite Kind of Food: Sweet kinds. Especially any kind of dessert that includes whole chunks of fruit, such as apple pie. Blech.
Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown: I have two. The first is Sophie’s Cuban (Lex. btw. 40+41st) and it’s not just because it’s the closest place to my office, it’s also the best in the neighborhood. Any of the pork sandwiches are amazing, the roast pork entree with black beans and yellow rice if you’re feeling a little more extravagant, and ALWAYS get the green spicy sauce. We also like what we call “the rice ball place” (because how does one pronounce Oms/b) on 45th btw. Lex & 3rd. I order 3 pieces: lobster, hijiki, and tuna, and a miso soup.
The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Delmonicos, a block away. Their formula (the midtown deli) sucks, but their BLT with avocado on rye is a weekly necessity.
Place you discovered on MidtownLunch.com: Hurry & Tasty Curry
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Sunset Park (Brooklyn). The Asian and Mexican lunch options are delicious, cheap and plentiful.
If Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine sounded good to you, but you work a little too north to hit up the Lexington & 41st st. location- I’ve got some important info for you after the jump… (plus, how you can be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er)