Profile: Midtown Lunch’er “Amy”
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 Amy- a marketing something or other who is just looking for some cheap Greek.
Where in Midtown do you Work?: 40th St. & Ave of the Americas
Favorite Kind of Food: Japanese or Greek, but I love food so it’s really hard to choose. Thankfully living in NYC I really don’t have to! I haven’t found a good Greek place in midtown yet, but for Japanese I love love love Oms/b (on 45th btw. Lex+3rd)â€”the wasabi shrimp rice ball is my favorite but the choices change all the time it seems and Sapporo (on 49th btw. 6+7th) has amazing gyoza and donburi bowls
Least Favorite Kind of Food: I love food! But if pressed to choose, I’m not really that into fusion cuisine like Rice restaurant.
Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Djerdan balkan restaurant (on 38th btw. 7+8th) for the authentic burek slices and cucumber yogurt salads (the entrees like the meat balls with polenta, like grits there, are good too and they have big servings, so the leftovers are yummy too), the Aloo Masala roll at Kati Roll (39th btw. 5+6th), the Italiano sandwich and the macarons (of course) at Macaron Cafe (on 35th btw. 6+7th), and I do love ‘wichcraft in the park when I want a fancy sandwich.
“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Pergola (on 39th btw. B’way+6th) for Mongolian BBQ or Duke’s (on 41st & Bway) because they have everything.
Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Oms/b and Macaron Cafe (thanks by the way!)
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Nolita because it’s near the deliciousness in the Little Italy delis, and close enough to the variety in the East Village and even Chinatown.
Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Is there a reasonably priced Greek lunch place in midtown?
Ok, so before we get to the Greek food question, something else needs to be mentioned. On rare occasions a Lunch’er will send more than one photo, often leaving me with a difficult decision. Especially in cases like this, where one photo is clearly amazing, but maybe the other photo gives you a better idea of what the person looks like. And lord knows, with the ladies, that’s all you creepy dudes care about… so, in those rare cases when I can’t decide, I’m forced to post both. Amy’s New Orleans make out photo, after the jump…
(Taken at Cooter Brown’s for those of you in the know…)
Ok, on to more important matters. Inexpensive Greek food in Midtown. Uh… there is really nothing (I don’t think.) My quest for a decent Greek style gryo has been well documented (Gyro II, bad; Famous Chicken Place, Good) although the Famous Chicken Place isn’t really “Greek” food (i.e. I don’t think you can get grape leaves or moussaka.) I know there are a few out of bounds choices, like Uncle Nick’s on 9th Ave btw. 50+51st, which also just opened a 2nd location on 8th Avenue between 29+30th. Although I’m not sure if those places are under $10 for lunch.
Anybody know of a more convenient, cheap Greek option in Midtown? 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