PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “DDR”
Every Tuesday I turn over the site to a Midtown Lunch’er for their recommendations of places to eat Lunch in Midtown. Meet “DDR”, a Lawyer who hates salads (agreed!) and anything his wife likes (DO NOT AGREE! What are you crazy, saying something like that? Not very smart…)
Where in Midtown do you Work?: 46th & 5th Ave.
Favorite Kind of Food: Middle Eastern, BBQ, Indian
Least Favorite Kind of Food: Salad, any food that my wife likes, and the $9 turkey sandwich (aka “the Midtown Special”)
Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Olympic Pita (38th b/w 5th & 6th). It’s not logical for a kosher place to have the best shwarma in Manhattan… but there it is. Order it in a laffa and have them to throw some french fries and fried eggplant in there. It’s the best $10 you’ll spend for awhile, if you can finish it. Beats the pants off of Bread & Olive and Kosher Deluxe.
The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Manhattan Cafe, Cosi. Just typing those 3 words makes me wince.
Place you discovered thanks to MidtownLunch: The Kati Roll Company (46 btw. 6+7th), Hing Won (48th btw. 5+6th). By the way, if the LA Weekly’s restaurant critic can win a Pulitzer for criticism, why can’t Midtown Lunch? (Agreed! Winning a Pulitzer is obviously the reason why I started Midtown Lunch. -zach)
Dream job location, purely for lunch purposes?: 1 Central Park West (Jean Georges); Cornelia St. near Po, because their lunch menu (duck sloppy joe!) makes me salivate, but I am never in that area at lunch time; or if I could do my job from a booth at Katz’s Deli — that might be heaven.
Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers?: Has anyone ever eaten at any of the Brazilian places on “Little Brazil” and if so, are they worth visiting?
I was very excited when I heard that the famous Olympic Pita in Brooklyn would be opening a Midtown location. But there’s only one problem. It’s impossible to spend less than $10 for any of the delicious meats they serve (or is there some lunch special I’m missing???). The laffa is baked fresh on site, in this sweet ass brick oven- and looks amazing (picture after the jump)
But sandwiches on a laffa all start at $10.50, and most are $10.95. You can get one on Pita for $9.95, but even that is kind of pricey. The cheapest thing you can get is the Falafel sandwich $5.50/6.50, but even that is expensive for Falafel. I’ve always considered this place a good and cheap dinner, or a fancy co-worker lunch option more than a “Midtown Lunch”. I’ll probably cave eventually, but for now it’s a little out of my price range. I don’t doubt that the food is amazing, I’m just wondering- with all the great Middle Eastern options in Midtown, is it really worth the price as a lunch? As always comments are welcome…
If you have a Little Brazil (46th St.) recommendation for DDR, post it as a comment below. And, as always, if you have any Midtown Lunch news or you’d like to be next weeks Profiled Midtown Lunch’er, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.