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 Lindsay, a legal assistant, who has terrible cholesterol, but takes pictures of himself eating bacon. Ahhh, the perfect Midtown Lunch’er.
Occupation: Legal Assistant
Where in Midtown do you Work?:50th & 8th
Favorite Kind of Food: I suppose Japanese or crazy fusion foods with unusual flavors (for a mind blowing and unusual set of bodega sandwiches, for example, try Sunny & Annie’s on Ave B and 5th), but I’ll eat pretty much anything. I recently found out that my mother blessed me with terrible cholesterol and high blood pressure and that I should avoid foods that exacerbate those things. After some agonizing, I realized that those foods now taste better because it’s a transgressive act. For example, last night I had a burger at BRGR, and it was pretty darn delicious because of the guilt alone. Thanks, Mom.
Least Favorite Kind of Food: South African — honestly most of the meat there tastes like paper (as does the beef at Better Burger). I’m not too huge on English food either, but I think that’s sort of its perverse selling point. Also any menu written in papyrus font immediately turns me off to its food.
Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: The burekas, or the fava beans with hummus at Gazala’s Place (9th Ave. btw. 48+49th); most anything at Pam Real Thai (their Thai iced teas/coffees are also very reasonably priced) (49th & 9th); I’ve got an irrational soft spot for Island Burger (but eat in, don’t order: the burgers soak through the buns otherwise)(9th Ave. btw. 51+52nd). Also it’s hard to beat a lot of the street meat carts in the 49th/6th area; that stuff is just absurdly tasty. And I adore Bouchon’s ‘wiches, particularly the roast beef (Time Warner Center, Columbus Circle).
The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Our own cafeteria, sadly; it’s subsidized heavily so it’s easy to be lazy and stay in. I also eat at Chipotle far too often for all the obvious reasons (sorry ML). (Dude… if I were you, I’d be at Piece of Chicken (45th btw. 8+9th) every single day! The day I took the photos for the place, I think I was sitting in the courtyard outside your building. -zach)
Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Kati Roll and the Daisy May’s BBQ cart; Margon; pretty much any Mexican restaurant I’ve ever eaten at.
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I don’t know any place that matches Manhattan for its convenience and variety, so I’m going to have to say right here. More specifically the Lower East Side, although areas of Brooklyn and Queens have pretty strong arguments going for them, too.
Anything you’d like to ask the midtown lunch readers???: I’m still looking for a great Malaysian place…
A great Malaysian place in Midtown, or in general? Because in Midtown, you are pretty out of luck. Did a search for Malaysian on Menupages and nothing comes up anywhere in Midtown. It looks like the closest you are going to get is Penang on 72nd btw. Columbus+Amsterdam. They have an $8 lunch special, and they do deliver- down to 53rd St. (westside only). So close, yet so far.
Penang’s very popular Mango Chicken, after the jump… Read more »
Posted by Zach Brooks at 8:18 am, December 18th, 2007 under PROFILE: Midtown Lunch'er.