PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Adam”

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 Adam, an accountant who offered his services to tally the results from Street Meat Palooza 3… which will be posted tomorrow!

Name: Adam

Age: 23

Occupation: Accountant

Where in Midtown do you Work?: Berdon LLP

Favorite Kind of Food: I love all food, but if I had to eat the same thing every day it would be seafood, even if led to me developing mercury poison and having to quit my job (ala Jeremy Piven). I also love sweets, so I try not to go to the Chelsea market because Witch Brownies stimulate a crack-like addiction and Bouchon Macaroons and Levain cookies are only blocks away from where I live.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: I detest tuna fish or any other food that reminds me of it i.e. chicken salad, egg salad, etc. But besides that I eat anything, a nice Jewish boy who loves all the good things in life.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: XPL and Kwik Meal carts (Combo over rice w/ extra hot sauce), Blarney Stone on 3rd btw. 45+46th (Burger w/ onion rings), Toasties (had cut steak sandwich with onions and horseradish sauce), and I love taking the hike up to Gourmet 53 (on 3rd btw. 52+53rd) for whatever the daily lunch special happens to be. Although its prices are high I have to mention Dishes cause their hot buffet is great. My favorite midtown dish is the Wok Tossed Chicken and Chilis at Szechuan Gourmet.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? We are creatures of habit and eat mostly at Toasties (48th and 5th), Cavonberry (46th and Madison), Chipotle, and Little Italy Pizza on 43rd and 5th. We do mix it up though and try and hit a “destination” once a week such as Blarney Stone, Street Meat, Grand Central food court, and others. Now with the weather getting nice Pret and Bryant Park will be a staple.

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? If you look at the places I mentioned so far most are from Midtown Lunch. Our favorite discovery is probably a tie between the Treats Truck, Blarney Stone, and XPL.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I would probably say any job in San Diego. No one seems to work in and office and everyone goes out for long breakfasts and lunches. Who wouldn’t want to be in the heart of fish taco country.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? I am looking for a good French Dip in midtown they seem impossible to find.

Have you tried the roast beef sandwich at Best Bagel (on 35th btw. 7+8th). They dip theirs in gravy… got another french dip rec for Adam, 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


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