PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Carolyn”
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 Carolyn, an Accountant who, in her own words, is “ready to be thrown to the wolves.” I think she’s talking about you people…
Occupation: Mind-numbing finance/accounting
Where in Midtown do you Work?: 51st & 5th Ave.
Favorite Kind of Food: Anything fried with sauce and cheese, and Mexican food
Least Favorite Kind of Food: Curry anything
Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Right now, it’s Cafe Cello (on 46th btw. 5+6th)- yellow rice and beans with roast pork. It’s sleep inducing but really good.
The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Bistro NYC on 51st bet. Madison and Park (by Just Salad). It’s a generic deli but the food is decent.
Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Cafe Cello, Goodburger, Hallo Berlin food cart and Fika. I’m sure there are more….
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Any place along the east coast, right by the water. I’m an avid seafood lover. You can’t get fresher seafood than in some of these little fishing towns.
I’m glad you mentioned Cafe Cello, which I think is one of the most underrated Midtown Lunches. With Margon so close by, and Sophie’s Cuban slowly taking over Midtown, it is easy to ignore- but the simple fact is, they make the best crispy roast pork skin, and you always get a piece of it with your order. It’s so good, it’s the official Midtown Lunch photo.
But they have another secret (non-latin weapon) in their arsenal, which I finally tried a few weeks ago. Check it out after the jump…
Believe it or not, Cafe Cello does a mean fried chicken. It always looks good, but I was a little concerned about it sitting in those steam tables. The day I had it, it was surprisingly good. Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside (except for the breast, which just can’t be helped), and well seasoned with salt and pepper- something all too many places just can’t seem to get right. Served with rice, beans & plantains, it really is a great meal.
And as always, if you want to be the next Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org