PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Tracy”

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 Tracy- an Executive Assistant to pay the bills, but she’s an awesome painter too (and by awesome, I mean there are doughnuts and beer in her paintings.)

Name: Tracy

Age: 42

Occupation: Executive Assistant and Painter (

Where in Midtown do you Work?: Technology/investment firm at 45th and 6th

Favorite Kind of Food: Hamburgers, beer, bacon, crusty bread, banana muffins, warm chocolate cake with ice cream, lobster, fries, mussels, rabbit, pheasant, eggplant parmesan, lasagne, caseroles, stews, soups, biscuits, frosted cookies, meatloaf, shepherds pie, fish tacos,
chocolate croissants, pate, all smoked meat, toast, french jam, stroopwafels, cinnamon rolls, bahn mi, pork buns, cheese, lamburgers, clam linguine, bacon-wrapped anything, gougiere, banana cream pie,
moussaka, chocolate malts

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Yogurt, raisins, salad, fruity desserts, herbal tea

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Shrimp tacos from Pampano Taqueria (3rd Ave. btw. 49+50th), Pork with beans and rice and green sauce from Sophie’s Cuban, Chowder from Hale & Hearty, the spinach salad from Josie’s (3rd Ave. and 37th St.), Udon Noodles from the Cranberry Deli (45th btw. 6+B’way), Lamb pita from the cart on 46th and 6th, pulled pork from the Daisy May’s cart (50th btw. 6+7th), cheesburger and fries from the Burger Joint (on 56th btw. 6+7th), lunch special from Yasuda

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Cranberry (on 45th btw. 6+B’way), Hale & Hearty, the Red Flame (it’s cozy), and Free Foods NYC (on 45th btw. 5+6th)

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? The Treats Truck! But mostly, I’m reminded about different kinds of food to try–seeing photos helps to decide what’s for lunch.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? The mission in San Francisco for Poncho Villa fish tacos and steak burritos and El Farolito for chicken and avacado burritos

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? I miss McHale’s and would like to find an old fashioned pub with a terrific burger. Also, I’ve given up on finding a decent burrito, but if there is a taco place on the west side, it would be so much more convenient than walking to Pampano.

Well, I can’t help you with the pub- but as far as tacos go, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  Tehuitzingo on 10th Ave. btw. 47+48th are the most authentic tacos you will find in Manhattan. And cheap to boot.  It’s out of Midtown Lunch’ing range, but if you’re willing to walk to Pampano from where you work, Tehuitzingo is not much farther in the opposite direction.

Got a suggestion for Tracy? Put 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


  • ….Although, Budweiser isn’t a beer.


    Although a Doughnut(notice what i did there, America?) is still a Doughnut.

  • Panda mystery – the Blarney Stone does not have excellent burgers. They do have solid burgers, excellent onion rings and very good steak fries. The burgers are big and cheap but not anything fantastic.

  • I think I am really glad I missed her group exhibition at Feature, Inc. earlier this year.

  • Panda – I misread your post. Sorry for any confusion. Never mind.

  • My dearest Tracy,

    As way of introduction, I am a young-at-heart 65 year old retired “educator.” I hold 2 PhDs from top academic institutions and am more than secure financially. I am a man of fine pedigree, indeed, as I can trace my ancestors back to the Mayflower. I am worldy, refined, and sophisticated, but I love rough-and-tumble travel and adventure and never hesitate to express myself and my opinions. I am a man who is very much an enigma, if I do say so myself. My MySpace page would probably intrigue you.

    My wife’s business often takes me to New York (as a tagalong at her company’s expense).

    I would very much enjoy chatting with you on my next trip. Perhaps over bacon burgers and cold beer at a out-of-the-way pub, or over pâté de maison and a carafe of house white at some comfy bistro.

    You may contact me through MySpace.

    If possible, please wear that blue tunic coat to lunch. I find it exceedingly fetching on you, especially with your gorgious hair.

    ~~Chuck, PhD

  • Lunch is a gauntlet. Props to Tracy for braving it. There should be an overpaid ex-Lehman quant who appreciates art

  • WTF is a pâté de maison? Does that taste like deep fried chicken livers?

  • In CockChug’s world, it is squirrel roadkill warmed up on the engine manifold of his hooptie, and washed down with Boone’s Farm Apple Wine

  • that’s cockchug, phd.

  • Dear DocChuckles:

    Your Myspace profile is intriguing indeed. The part I find most interesting is the picture of your “wife” and how she is a completely different person than the one in the pictures of your “wife” on Either you’re a bigamist or a liar. I suspect the latter!


    ~~Ben, NMtaB

  • squirrel roadkill warmed up …..

    The only thing he didn’t mention was how passionate he is about some art, cakes or some other crap

  • IF the Chucky’s anticendants were on the Mayflower it woulda fuckin’ sunk with the weight of the fat twats.

  • my dearest Tracy, i once made love to a cake while my wife spanked me with my pedigree papers.

  • rickyray – that image is simply fetching.

  • @ Jill: Please don’t mention that ‘secret’ taco place too often – the service is already slow enough with their 5′x5′ kitchen and their delivery service is even slower, but completely worthwhile.

    Where is DocChuck’s wife and Hamster in this thread when he’s getting a little stiffie?

  • You want me to talk about my “secret taco place”?

  • This is getting to be a bit too much.

  • Tracy, based on the fact that your first three favorite foods are hamburgers, beer and bacon, you remember and miss McHale’s and you are an artist, you sound to perfect to be true!

  • What Wayne wrote. :)

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