PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “David”
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, meet David- an amateur foodie who is trying to make his way through the entire Tony 100.
Occupation: Financial Services and Amateur Foodie (http://amusemybouche.blogspot.com)
Where in Midtown do you Work?: Bryant Park
Favorite Kind of Food: Is all of the above an option? Bagel with cream cheese and lox, chopped liver, pan-seared tuna, dumplings, hot pastrami sandwiches, fried calamari, meatloaf, seafood fra diavolo, barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, spicy mustard, cheeseburgers, eel sushi, and raad na, a Thai dish made with soft noodles and gravy; I love the fact that vinegar, hot chili flakes, and sugar are condiments used to temper the heat and sweetness of the dish).
Least Favorite Kind of Food: Green, red and yellow peppers, I’m a fan of grilled octopus, but I can’t seem to enjoy octopus sushi, capers, pears
Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Though I only just made it there recently, the fried pork sandwich from Sophie’s Cuban is certainly in the upper echelon of midtown cuisine. The falafel from Azuri Cafe (on 51st btw. 9+10th), pickle pork soup from Hing Won (on 48th btw. 5+6th), salads from Ranch 1 on 41st because it’s only $6.50 for soup and salad, buffalo chicken pizza from Cafe Duke (on 51st btw. 6+7th), enchiladas suizas from Viva Pancho (one of the only places I will go to for a sit-down lunch since for under $10 with tax and tip I can get a pretty good meal).
“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Chipotle is probably the most flagrant offender against the Midtown Lunch credo with Hale & Hearty and Cosi following suit. The office cafeteria just opened up and the prices look to be subsidized so I really can’t fault anyone for being lazy and just heading upstairs. For a more leisurely lunch I wind up getting pushed into Virgil’s where it kills me to pay upwards of $15 for average barbecue.
Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Where do I begin? Café Zaiya (on 41st btw. Mad+5th) is now my staple for the 3pm hunger strike, Sophie’s Cuban, Hallo Berlin (made it to their spot on 9th ave but have yet to visit the cart on 54th and 5th), Lazzara’s Pizza (on 38th btw. 6+7th), Biryani Cart (on 46th & 6th), Taj Delhi (on 6th Ave. btw. 39+40th)…
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Bangkok, Thailand. As if the fact that I could get pad thai on the street for under $2 wasn’t enough, I love the way that their food courts work with a prepaid debit card that you use to pay at the different stands. Any mechanism that gets food to my plate faster is a good one. Whole fried fish, roast pork, spicy noodle soups, Chang beer. I miss Thailand. Maybe if the Dow hits 6,000?
Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? For sit-down lunches, my coworkers always want to go to Virgil’s and I can’t justify the price tag. Where can I go for a sit-down meal on the cheap? Anything besides Viva Pancho and House of Brews?
I have to say, my favorite sit down meal is at Aoki (on 48th btw. 7+8th). I’ve written about the takeout sushi, but sitting down and eating is pretty nice too, and the 3 rolls and a soup or salad for $11 is still a great deal (even though it used to be $10). For a sit down lunch, it’s downright cheap.
Got a suggestion for David? Put it in the comments… and as always if you want to be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate), email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.