PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Michelle”
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 Michelle, a Vegetarian who hates tuna fish (natch) but loves mapo tofu without the pork (natch, as well.)
Occupation: Crisis Communication
Where in Midtown do you Work?: Alliance Bernstein building on 6th Avenue
Favorite Kind of Food: I love beans and rice, guacamole/avocado and Asian food. I had the greatest dish at China Grill (on 53rd btw. 5+6th): fried rice with avocado salad on top. Sounds wrong, but it was certainly a case of when the sum is greater than its parts. Oh and ma po tofu, sans pork. The best clearly comes from Grand Sichuan, with Wu Liang Ye (on 48th btw. 5+6th) and Szechuan Gourmet (on 56th btw. B’way+8th) coming as runner ups.
Least Favorite Kind of Food: Tuna Fish
Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Cer te (on 55th btw. 5+6th) is great. Many of the places profiled on Midtown lunch are out of my upperwest midtown reach. But Cer te has lots of choices every day and they make a great taco salad, which I judge by the avocado quotient. Plus, when you order a taco bowl it comes in a cake box. It’s that large. Mee Noodles (on 9th btw. 52+53rd) has great fried rice and scallion pancakes. I have the advantage of living in the neighborhood so I can explore for lunch AND dinner.
“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? We order from Meze Grill (on 8th btw. 55+56th). I wish that it was a bit closer, but the delivery works just fine. Everyone always wants it and there is something for the whole team.
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I wish I worked near the Biryani Cart (on 46th & 6th). Although it is an aggressive lunch choice, it is a worthy one.
Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Why are there not more creative lunch carts by my office! After reading about what white sauce is made of, I can no longer conscientiously eat falafel platters…
There is nothing sad about Danku closing… and don’t think about what’s in the white sauce, just close your eyes and eat at! As for interesting carts near your work- have you had the greek salad from the 100% Halal and Healthy Cart on 55th btw. Park+Mad? It’s the only salad I’ll eat in Midtown… Got a rec for Michelle? 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 email@example.com.