PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Ranjan”
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 Ranjan an ‘Emerging Markets Trader’ with a taste for the spicy food.
Occupation: Emerging Markets Trader
Where in Midtown do you Work?: Bank of America, right on Bryant Park
Favorite Kind of Food: All types of asian food, spicy foods, and fried chicken (I heard a rumor that Bojangles is finally coming to town!).
Least Favorite Kind of Food: A boring pasta with red sauce
Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: A secret i will reveal for spicy food lovers: at Dunhill Cafe (on 45th btw. B’way+6th) they have a prepared cajun chicken… throw it in a whole wheat wrap with lettuce and onions and enjoy; the Spicy Bulgogi with rice dish at Cafe Duke on 51st street (the one near Bryant Park sucks); the Roast Pork Special (broccoli rabe and roasted pork) from Tony Lukes/Shorty’s on 9th Ave. btw. 41+42nd, and be sure to get a side of their Parmesan Fries. The Kra Prow lunch special at Seeda Thai on 50th and 8th; and the best bacon, egg, and cheese is from D&S Marketplace on 56th and 5th.
Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? On the quest for the perfect spice your site brought to me Szechuan Gourmet (on 39th btw. 5+6th), and it certainly lived up to the billing. You also introduced us to the Biryani Cart (on 46th and 6th) which has spurred the great “Store on 39th vs. Cart” debate.
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Barcelona – while not totally consistent with my tastes listed above, it had the best selection of food out of spanish cities i’ve been to, and more importantly, the idea of taking two hour lunches and a nap afterwards is something i’ve only dreamed of.
Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? After getting a pretty good handle on the lunch situation around here, i’m now looking for a good afterwork bar around Bryant Park. anyone have suggestions?
I got nothing as far as bars go… so I’ll leave that one up to the commenters. As for the Bojangles rumor, anybody who loves spicy fried chicken should be happy to hear that information. With Popeye’s on 40th being our only truly great option at this point in time, a Bojangles in Midtown would be welcome addition. I’ll look into it and see what I can find out.
Got a suggestion for Ranjan? 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 email@example.com