PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Kyle”

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 Kyle, a graphic designer who is not picky but is kind of scared of street meat.

Name: Kyle

Age: 33

Occupation: Graphic Designer

Where in Midtown do you Work?: 39th & 6th

Favorite Kind of Food: I’m not picky AT ALL when it comes to food. I’ll try anything once. Favorite is hard to say, maybe Thai. I love a (medium/hot) red curry. Could eat it everyday. I also like anything that comes with sour cream. Sour cream has to be my all time favorite condiment, so I like Mexican food. Have you tried the tater tots at HB? If not you should! I like sushi, but don’t eat it a lot (not sure why), I’m kinda a bar girl, so a really good burger and maybe some chicken wings to start, (with a cold beer) is always good! (but not normally for lunch).

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Again, not picky, but I don’t care for Italian food, unless it’s pizza. And I will only eat pizza in the NYC metro area. I’m not big on pasta and most Italian restaurants have too much breading on everything and they smother it in sauce.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Madeline (on 39th btw. 5+6th), CRISP (on 40th btw. B’way+6th), Hale and Hearty, Szechuan Gourmet (on 39th btw. 5+6th), Olympic Pita (or whatever it’s called now), Cafe Zaiya (the one in the book store on 6th), Macaron Café (on 36th btw. B’way+7th). Their Tuesday special, is wonderful, and so is their farm salad and you have to pick up a macaron too. I like to try new things so I visit midtownlunch everyday to see what’s going on and what good. In the summer I love to go to one of the delis get a sandwich or salad and sit in Bryant Park. I keep a blanket under my desk at work for such days.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Madeline.  It’s across the street and very easy for those “I have no time to take lunch” days.

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Too many to list….when I started working in midtown I found this site and I’m on it everyday looking for new places to try. But I’d say the best was the falafel pita from Olympic Pita.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Somewhere in the Far East maybe? For all the spices that are used. I love spicy (not Tabasco) foods. Or Europe, I used to live there and, the nice sandwiches you can get at lunch time on good fresh bread are great.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? How do I overcome my fear of street meat? (I’ll won’t eat street meat, but I’ve eaten hot dogs at Rudy’s go figure) I’ve tried… I read about the carts on here and I walk past them and I have a fear of eating there. I know people do it all the time and live to tell the story, but something in my brain makes me walk right past them into the nearest deli for a chicken salad sandwich. UPDATE: Since I originally wrote this I’ve eaten street meat 3 times…all 3 were good, but I still have this “fear” I can’t seem to get over.

I know exactly what you need… the results to Street Meat Palooza 3!!! Coming very very soon… in the meantime if you have any uplifting stories of overcoming a street meat phobia, put them 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


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