PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Keith”
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 Keith, an actuary (?) who loves Japanese food and hates Chipotle.
Where in Midtown do you Work?: Right next to Bryant Park
Favorite Kind of Food: Japanese (really into good sushi, izakaya style, ramen…), good burgers under $10.
Least Favorite Kind of Food: Big chain wannabe Mexican fast food like Chipotle and Qdoba. I grew up in SoCal and the burrito/taco places that end in “-erto’s” serve tastier Mexican fare.
Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Burger Joint (on 56th btw. 6+7th) if I can beat the lunch rush. Love the Katsu Curry single at Go Go Curry (on 38th btw. 7+8th). Yum Yum Bangkok I on 9th btw. 45+46th has a great lunch special if you are into Thai. Lastly, I’ve been to Ma Peche (on 56th btw. 5+6th) 3x since it opened. I like the Banh Mi (really good terrine) but it’s a bit on the small size.
“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Zaiya (on 41st btw. Mad+5th). Went there 4 times in one week at one point haha.
Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? A few of the quality street carts (Biriyani, Korean cart, etc) mentioned in Midtown Lunch.
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Irvine, California. In a 4 mile radius, you have access to In-N-Out, Islands, lots of pho, good Korean, great Mexican food, and 4 or 5 different Hawaiian joints(L&Ls). A few curry places too! You need a car, of course.
Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Why can’t the Mexican food in NYC be as good as the west coast, or even as good as Chicago’s?
Got a theory for Keith? Put it in the comments. And as always if you would like to be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate), email me at email@example.com.