PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Richard”
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 Richard a Marketing dude who boldly admits that he doesn’t like potatoes that have been cubed and deep fried.
Where in Midtown do you Work?: 37th and Madison
Favorite Kind of Food: Soba noodles, soft tacos (I only say “soft” because I used to think that hard tacos with ground beef were the only type of Mexican food), pappardelle with any meat ragout, anything over rice
Least Favorite Kind of Food: Home fries (how are these served with every omelette?)
Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: One paneer and one meat (chicken/beef) roll at Kati Roll Company (on 39th btw. 5+6th); Norvegian or Siciliano sandwich with one macaron of the day at Macaron Cafe (36th btw. B’way+7th); Chilorio, Pescado, and Alambre tacos with the warm, salty chips from Pampano Taqueria (3rd Ave. btw. 49+50th); Set A with Lobster Salad and a rotating cast of characters at OMS/b.
“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Lucky Deli Asian Kobe (on 37th btw. Mad+5th): This spot serves mediocre, yet expensive, wraps, sandwiches, and salads. And no one has ever dared to try anything “Asian” there. But it is directly across the street from the office. Mondello (on 37th btw. Mad+5th): They actually have a pretty good New York slice (and apparently a decent chicken parm?), but it’s really only a spot to go when feeling lazy, cheap, or pressed for time. Au Bon Pain: This place nearly ruined my college experience and now it forces me to uncomfortably refuse lunch outings twice a week.
Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Macaron Cafe: I never would have walked by this place, so I am eternally grateful. OMS/b: Who doesn’t love rice and mayonnaise? Yagura (on 41st btw. Mad+5th): It’s cheap AND it offers a full service Japanese supermarket!
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? East Village. New York has the best diversity of cuisine in the world and the East Village has an absurd number of cheap spots like Caracas Arepa Bar or Royale, along with mid-range noodle places like SobaKoh, Ippudo, and Ramen Setagaya. And that’s not to mention the Momofuku Empire. Finally, if you get bored you can walk to Chinatown or the West Village.
Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Is there anywhere close to my office with very good zaru soba? I love Soba Nippon on 52nd street, but that’s too far to go regularly.
Got a soba recommendation for Richard? Feel free to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org