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 Patrick, a glutton who is dying to find a decent chicken fried steak in NYC.
Occupation: Finance Professional and Co-Founder of Appetite for Good
Where in Midtown do you Work?: Midtown West, Too close to Time Square
Favorite Kind of Food: Don’t let the picture fool you, for I am a glutton. I am a non-stop binge eater, but if I had to choose a few absolute favorites, it would be Chicken Fried Steak, Tex Mex Fajitas, and Sushi. Unfortunately, two of the three (CFS and Tex Mex Fajitas) are nowhere to be found in New York! I’ve searched near and far, TriBeCa to Morningside Heights, for a decent chicken fried steak but have fallen short. I am convinced it doesn’t exist in New York – please prove me wrong! As a born and bred Texan, there is nothing that warms my soul better than a good chicken fried steak, which is neither chicken nor steak. The thought of the crispy golden brown breading wrapped around a tenderized steak, all smothered in white thick cream gravy speckled with flecks of pepper makes my mouth water and stomach rumble. Mmm, can you just taste the goodness?
Least Favorite Kind of Food: Anything that is considered healthy or vegetarian. Whoever said it was painful to eat healthy is absolutely right!
Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: GoGo Curry (on 38th btw. 7+8th) without a doubt! There is no way to beat this place! Talk about the perfect combination of quality and quantity at the right price! Unfortunately when I’m at GoGo Curry, I am slightly over the midtown lunch budget with a Grand Slam with an extra side of fried fish. After a lunch like this, the rest of the day is usually a total wash as I am mayor of Food Comaville. And yet somehow, by dinner time, I’m miraculously recovered and ready to start all over. I also love Meze Grill (8th Avenue between 55th and 56th) and its Rice Pilaf Bowl with Chicken, Batata Harra, pickled turnips (must have!), topped off with homemade Tzatziki Sauce and Spicy Hummus. Meze Grill also supports countless number of charities such as StreetWise Partners, American Cancer Society and more! Soon to be Shake Shack Midtown.