PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Chris”
Every Tuesday we 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 Chris, a Schnitzel Truck loving software developer who is probably eating the new schnitzel down while you’re read this…
Occupation: Software Developer
Where in Midtown do you Work?: 48th & Madison
Favorite Kind of Food: To generalize, I suppose Japanese food is kind of the pinnacle of food-taken-to-perfection that blows my mind, but man, I’ll eat anything. My short, shameful addiction is buffalo chicken. Tassie’s Buffalo Strips at the Outback, of all places — I’m sure the sauce consists mainly of hydrogenated petrochemicals, but I don’t care. It’s a religious experience. And nice chunky bleu cheese. Anyway, forget you read that and pretend I said something about free range bacon with a salad of organically raised ramps and dandelion marmalade from Wind Rainbow Farms in upstate NY. I don’t want to get kicked out of the foodie club.
Least Favorite Kind of Food: I don’t generally care for olives. But I do like a good tapenade. Damnit, now I really want a muffaletta. Oh, and I’ve never tried coffee or alcohol. Not because I’m a Mormon or something, I just think it’s fun to maintain a small, pointless eccentricity.
Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Schnitzel Truck (pork or veal). Katsuhama: I love me a good katsudon. Tri-Tip Grill (in Rock Center) has got my attention, because it used to be a once-a-year treat to go to Buckhorn when I’m in California. Kati Rolls from the Biryani Cart. At the risk of being excommunicated, I like to get the Santa Fe salad with fried chicken and tex-mex dressing from Chop’t. It’s a man’s salad.
“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? It’s difficult to get my co-workers to eat sometimes. There’s a Pret right downstairs where most of them go, but I consider it off-limits unless I’m just grabbing a pastry in the morning. The core group of us who care about eating the Midtown Lunch way try to mix it up, so it’s hard to think of any “goto” place.
Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? All of them. The day I started working in Midtown, I googled for “midtown lunch” in the hopes I wouldn’t have to eat at the deli, discovered Zach’s wonderful blog, and hit the ground running. The joy of street meat and the fact that that year’s 2nd-place finisher XPL was right around the corner was probably my first big ML discovery.
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I used to have as a benchmark for success being able to fly to Germany for lunch (oh, those glorious wursts). I don’t know if that counts. I guess if I had to work somewhere because of the local food it would continue to be the dining playground known as New York City. I might stay right here in Midtown, for despite its reputation as a wasteland, it continues to surprise me with tasty new choices.
Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Where can I get a good muffaletta in this city?
Anybody have a a rec for Chris? Put it in the comments. As always, if you would like to be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate), email firstname.lastname@example.org.