PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Jason”

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 Jason, a sports love auditor who loves things extra spicy.

Name: Jason

Age: 23

Occupation: Auditor / Very Part-Time Sports-Business Blogger @ TheSportsTomato

Where in Midtown do you Work?: Most recently in the 50’s between 6th and Park

Favorite Kind of Food: I crave fresh authentic Mexican at least 4 times a day (always extra cilantro). I’m also on a huge udon kick (always extra cilantro). Finger-lickin’ barbeque is a permanent staple in my diet, errrr, my consumption practice. I enjoy all things spicy, and not Frank’s Red Hot spicy, I mean real, habanero/ghost chile spicy. My favorite thing to order is the most unique thing on the menu that I can’t get anywhere else.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: I don’t understand how anyone can like those Indian pickles that come on the side. Any red meat that is cooked past medium rare is a travesty. Chipotle.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: El Rey Del Sabor (multiple locations) – the tortas are so worth the mess & beef tongue tacos ftw. Taim Mobile – the sabich tastes like it’s imported from Israel. Hing Won (48th btwn 5th and 6th) – their crispy pork over rice is pure gold and gets the approval from my Beijing counterpart. Last but far from least is the Big Buck Tri-Tip Sandwich from Tri Tip Grill in Rock Center- it’s the best thing on a sliced roll since I had tri-tip in central California.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Café Duke (on 51st btw. 6+7th) for their udon, pizza, and grilled cheese for bread sandwiches. Five Guys (48th between 5th and 6th) with extra grease on the fries.

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? 95% of my lunches for the past 2 years. While in Midtown, El Rey Del Sabor, Taim Mobile, Hing Won, Eggstravaganza Cart, Korilla. While I was downtown, Baoguette, Trinidad & Tobago cart, and Veronica’s Kitchen just to name a few.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Queens – it seems like everyone that I speak to that was born in a different country says the most authentic food is there. Plus Freddy – the King of Falafel and Shawarma and reigning Vendy champ resides there, and I could eat that on an hourly basis.

Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Cheap udon? Authentic Mexican (besides ERDS)? Can a brother get a bahn mi in Midtown???

Got an answer for Jason? Put it in the comments. And, as always if you want to be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate), email


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