PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Aaron”
Every Tuesday I turn over the site to a different Midtown Lunch’er for his or her recommendations for the best lunch in Midtown. This week it’s Aaron, an Investment Analyst who loves to double fist soup and is looking for some good Tex-Mex.
Occupation: Investment Analyst
Where in Midtown do you Work?: 54th & 6th Ave.
Favorite Kind of Food: Tex-Mex. This is easily the worst part about being a Texan but living outside of Texas. I tried for a while to find great Tex-Mex in Manhattan and finally settled for Cancun (8th Ave just north of 55th), but I ate there only to get my fix. Last month, though, I discovered something far better: Ah Chihuahua on East 53rd between 1st & 2nd. It’s quite a walk for me at lunchtime, but the food is worth it. Good guacamole, great cheese enchiladas, $6 or $7 lunch combos all served with rice & refried beans, complimentary chips & salsa, $3 margaritas between noon and 3pm (I hear they’re good, but I’ve not had one).
Least Favorite Kind of Food: Anything bland, primarily Middle Eastern.
Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Empanada Mama (53rd & 9th) – corn empanada with ground beef, dipped in the green hot sauce, with a side of plantain chips & guacamole. Not technically within the confines of “Midtown” but they deliver.
The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Pax, or other assorted soup-and-sandwich delis. So boring.
Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Kati Roll (now on 38 btw. 5+6th), the taco cart on 50th (btw. 6+7th), the famous Chicken & Rice Cart at 53rd & 6th (a cart with its own website!), the Hallo Berlin cart, and the Daisy May’s BBQ cart.
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Dallas – dozens of Tex-Mex and bbq choices in every direction
Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Is there any better Tex-Mex in NYC than Ah Chihuahua (on East 53rd between 1st & 2nd)?
I’ve got to admit that Tex Mex is not really my thing. I don’t mind it, and I’ll eat it- but to me, saying ”I Love Tex-Mex” is like asking ”Anybody know where I can get some American tasting Indian food?” I know there are some Texans who read this blog who are going to disagree, so have at it. And, after you are done telling me how stupid I am, recommend some good Tex Mex that will change my mind (and make Aaron happy).
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