PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Ted”
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 Ted- a web geek who is looking for a long lunch.
Occupation: Web geek
Where in Midtown do you Work?: Rockefeller Center
Favorite Kind of Food: Anything pork-related or pork-adjacent. I’ll pretty much eat anything, except for…
Least Favorite Kind of Food: … Liver, kidneys, or any internal animal organs. Tripe I’ll eat tho.
Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Hing Won (on 48th btw. 5+6th), hands down. And the yellow DOH stickers don’t scare me at all, though I get grief from my co-workers about it. (“Hi, co-workers!”) I eat there at least 3 times a week for breakfast and/or lunch. I’m also partial to El Rincon del Sabor on 47th btw. 6+7th (the morcilla is great!), Cafe Cello on 45th btw. 5+6th (mmmm, pork skin), Sapporo on 49th btw. 6+7th (miso ramen!), and the street meat cart downstairs from my building on 47th and 6th.
“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Subway. Can’t go wrong with $5 footlong sandwiches. Although the knife in the bread incident a couple of months ago did turn me off for a few weeks. The co-workers go for Wendy’s, Cafe Metro, and Chipotle a lot as well, pretty much because it’s quick and close by.
Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Sapporo, Cafe Cello, Cafe Spice (I’m as partial to buffets as you are, Zach), Cafe Duke on 50th btw. 6+7th (that soon tubu is great but burns you from the inside.) Oh and the BF thanks you for the Mexican Cart on the East side (60th and 3rd), and using a picture of him for your post. And I just checked out the Mexican Cart myself yesterday on my way to running an errand at the Container Store. Totally delish! Reminds me of the taco stands in Jackson Heights, except the tacos are $1 instead of $2.
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? In Manhattan, it would have to be Chinatown. 4-dish lunches for under $5 every day? Sign me up. In all of NYC, probably Jackson Heights or Flushing… plenty of cheap options in JH for every type of cuisine, and 5 Mexican carts within throwing distance of the subway station. Flushing, because the food is a little more authentic, and it’s where I grew up. Internationally, probably Paris. They have mandated 2-hour lunches, and they give certain businesses lunch vouchers to patronize the local eateries. Yay, socialism! Singapore as well… I can’t find mince-pork noodle anywhere here.
Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Where’s the best long-lunch place to go that won’t break the bank? Most sit down places either rush you out the door or you pay out of your nose for the ambience.
If I have all the time in the world, I think my favorite lunch is Szechuan Gourmet (on 39th btw. 5+6th) and it’s still in the Midtown Lunch price range, even though it’s a sit down restaurant (with 2 stars from the New York Times!) Got a recommendation for Ted? Leave 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 email@example.com