PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Jason”
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 Jason, a pizza loving Marketing Manager by day, super blogger by night.
Where in Midtown do you Work?: Park Avenue in the 60s — meaning I must make daily pilgrimages to the Midtown area for some grub. Luckily, I get a full hour to make the round-trip.
Favorite Kind of Food: Pizza. (If beer was eatable it’d be up there too!)
Least Favorite Kind of Food: Fish. For reasons unbeknownst to me, I have an extreme phobia of fish — live fish, dead fish, goldfish, gefilte fish. You name it.
Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: I would always look forward to hitting up Baja Fresh when I’d visit my family in suburban Maryland, but now that there’s one in the heart of Midtown (Lex bet. 45th & 46th), I can satisfy my cravings on a weekly basis. Their grilled veggie burrito has been doing it for me lately. Don’t worry, I still give Chipotle some love on occasion (44th bet. 3rd & Lex). I really like the lunch specials at Szechuan Gourmet (39th bet. 5th & Madison), especially the stir fried chicken with roasted chili peanuts. Burger Joint (57th bet. 6th & 7th) is fun to show out of town guests.
“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? All of the above are part of our regular stomping grounds. Also, Kati Roll (39th bet 5th & Madison) is a favorite.
Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Lots — but I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve given in to this truck craze. I used to hit up Rafiqi’s (57th & Park) for my street food, but now I wander further south to the La Cense Burger Truck, The Steak Truck, and the Le Gamin Truck among others. I also had Schnitzel & Things recently which was pretty good.
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I live down in the East Village, and while I would never want to work close to where I live, there are dozens of amazing cheap eats within a few blocks of each other. Among my favorites are: Caracas Arepa Bar (E. 7th St @ 1st Ave), Aritchoke (14th St. bet. 1st Ave. & 2nd Ave.), Royale (Ave C @ 10th St.), and Pommes Frites (2nd Ave. bet. 7th St. & St Marks). Dessert at Momofuku Milk Bar (13th St. @ 2nd Ave.) would be a must — everyday.
Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Since pizza is my number one love — I’d like to know your thoughts about pizza in Midtown. I know there are a couple of okay places (i.e. Two Boots @ Grand Central), but how excited would you be if, say, Artichoke opened up a space in Midtown? Or Pizza Veloce? Which New York pizza establishment would you be most excited to see open a slice joint in the area? Where’s the best place to go for pizza in Midtown right now and why has one of the city’s most trafficked areas been missing out on this quintessential New York food?
Uh… DiFara’s? :-) (You can take the train to Artichoke, and possibly make it back to Midtown in an hour.) Post your pizza thoughts in the comments… And, as always if anybody would like to be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate), email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.