PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Alexis”
Are you all Profiled out yet? Last week, I was out of town, so I turned the site over to a different Midtown Lunch’er every single day. I considered not running one today until I got this photo. Meet Alexis, a baker and an Event Producer for Culinary Competitions, who is looking for Filipino Sweets (I suppose for when she is done with that Turkey leg.) Wow.
Occupation: Currently I’m an event producer for culinary competitions, but I also am the Co-owner of the bakery Flavor and Taste, http://www.flavorandtaste.com
Where in Midtown do you Work?: 34th & 6th Ave.
Favorite Kind of Food: Ethiopian, Lobster, Lamb Carts, Fried Food
Least Favorite Kind of Food: Salad… unless its lobster/duck salad
Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Masala Dosa at Minar on 31st and 5th. The downside is that they raised the prices $1 since I started going there and the servers are a little hostile. Also, they sometimes forget to use the salt. Upside is that it’s a dosa! Who could resist those carbs… (31st is a little out of the Midtown Lunch’ing range, so I’m not really familiar with that Minar, but their Menupages menu is the same as the Minar on 46th St.so I’m guessing it’s the same place, right? -zach)
The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Pomodoro on 38th and 9th . They have great prosciutto sandwiches with excellent bread. Good baguettes are hard to come by!
Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Café Zaiya. I think I have been eating way too many rice balls, but it is a nice walk from here. Also the Briyani Cart on 46th and 6th for their chapati rolls — those are great and uber cheap.
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? East 6th street and 2nd Avenue. Madras Café has great dosas, Spice Cove and the other gazillion Indian places with cheap prix fixe lunches, Ethiopian, and a short walk to St. Marks with the plethora of mouth watering Japanese places (Go, Taisho, Rai Rai Ken).
Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? For those of you who may know what an ensaymada is (soft lovely bread covered with butter and sugar), would you know where I can find them in the city? I used to get my fix over at Krystal’s (14th St. & 1st Ave.) but haven’t found a replacement since they closed down!
Ah yes. The ensaymada. A buttery Filipino sweet bread topped with sugar and an extra dab of creamed butter and sometimes cheese. How could that be bad? A photo, and where to get them in Midtown, after the jump…
For Filipino food in Midtown there is only one place to go… Bayan Cafe on 45th St. just East of 3rd Ave. I haven’t had an Ensaymada there, but they are on the menu. I suggest calling ahead if it’s a far walk… Have you seen these somewhere else in New York City, or tried the ones at Bayan Cafe? Post your recommendation as a comment below.
And as always, if you want to be the next Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org