PROFILED: Midtown Lunch’er “Clayton”
Every Tuesday I turn over the site to a different Midtown Lunch’er for his or her recommendations for the best lunch in Midtown. Todays Lunch’er is Clayton, a Public Relations Specialist who was nominated by his co-worker Kelly:
Clayton is a serious lover of food, has a great sense of humor, and often entertains the office on culinary topics. I think he’d make a great profile for you. He’s half Texan, half New Yorker, so as you can imagine, he’s got a style all his own. -Kelly
Judging by the photo, I’d say you are definitely right Kelly. And judging by the profile, I’d say this guy knows his way around a few pubs…
Occupation: Public Relations Specialist
Where in Midtown do you Work?: 49th & Madison Ave.
Favorite Kind of Food: Dry Rub/Texas BBQ or Tex-Mex
Least Favorite Kind of Food: Korean Kimchee Stew… that was a hell of a 4 a.m. mistake
Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Steak Burrito Alambre at Pampano Taqueria (3rd Ave. btw. 49+50th). Cheeseburger or a Grilled Cheese from Burger Heaven (been eating there since I was 3). The Chef’s Salad at Eamonn’s (45th btw. Mad+5th). Sashimi Platter from Sushiden (Two Locations in Midtown). And, St. Andrew’s for a few fingers of scotch with a plate of Haggis (44th btw. 6+7th).
The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Pret A Manger, it’s literally in our building (sigh)
Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch (if any)? Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? If not Manhattan (the restaurant capital of the world), I’d have to say Rome, Italy. I can’t even begin to think of the number of cafés and simply fun places to eat. Loads of palazzos make for plenty of space to dine outside if you want. I’d never get tired of exploring the mix of modern and traditional Venetian, Bolognese, Florentine, and Milanese cuisine pouring into the city. And let’s not forget that all of those lovely Roman women have to eat lunch too.
Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers?: Where’s the best Guacamole in Midtown? Sure Dos Caminos is good… but there’s got to be a better hole-in-the-wall joint I where I can get my fix
With Cinco de Mayo less than a week away, you gotta get the guacamole question in, right? This is a tough one. It seems crazy, but I don’t usually order guac at any of those high end Mexican places, where they make the guac in front of you. Something about spending $12 for chips and guacamole just bugs me. (Of course once the margaritas start flowing, I end up splurging, but who remembers what anything tastes like after that.) If I’m going to splurge for Mexican food, I’d leave the Dos Caminos of the world behind, and go to some place really special, like Toloache (50th btw. Bway+8th) or Hell’s Kitchen (9th Ave. btw. 46+47th). Toloache has got a crazy guac list, but I haven’t tried any of them. As for cheap places, I’ll turn this one over to the Midtown Lunch’ers. Got a recommendation for Clayton? Feel free to post it in the comments.
And as always, if you want to be the next Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er, or you’d like to nominate somebody in your office, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org