PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Henry”
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 Henry, a Hell’s Kitchen bartender who really seems to know what’s up.
Name: Henry (whitesaucehotsauce to you registered MLers)
Occupation: Bartender, oh, and I write this little food bl…just kidding
Where in Midtown do you Work?: The Pony Bar! I live in the neighborhood, too, so I’m really getting the full Midtown experience.
Favorite Kind of Food: Any ketchup delivery system (I’m a Pittsburgh boy!) especially cheese burgers and french fries, as well as a special affinity for BBQ, Buffalo Wings, Gyros, and sandwiches of any kind as long as they don’t have…
Least Favorite Kind of Food: Mayo, raw tomatoes, eggplants, and mushrooms. In
Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: I know it’s OOB but the corner of 47th and 10th (or Little Guadalajara as I like to call it) with Tulcingo del Valle, Tehuitzingo, and that new little place around the corner. Shorty’s (on 9th btw. 41+42nd) for a whiz wit or a pork sandwich or an italian or a buffalo chicken sandwich or just about anything, really, especially the parmesan fries. Bella Napoli (on 49th btw. 6+7th) for a plain slice, Kati Roll Co (on 39th btw. 5+6th), lobster roll from just about anywhere.
“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Well, at work I eat the chicken sandwich (no tomato) all the time, and I swear this is not a shill, but you guys are always complaining about shrimpy grilled cheese sandwiches that cost too much, so our grilled cheese costs $7.50 ($9.75 if you add bacon. You should really add bacon) and it is GIGANTIC. Seriously. As for when I’m not at work, I tend to indulge in the Henry Hangover Special a bit more than I should, and that consists of large fries, large coke from McDonald’s and a lamb sandwich from Famous Halal Guys (53rd and 6th, SE corner during the day.) But more on them later. I also enjoy Totto Ramen on 52nd btw. 8+9th (when I can get in) and the pho from Cha Pa’s (on 52nd btw. 8+9th).
Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? All the lovely Midtown food trucks: Biryani, Famous 53rd, Carnegie John’s, Trini-Paki (shout out to my dad Kenny Joe who loves Mauby), Hallo Berlin, Jamaican Duchy, Desi Food Truck. Also Sapporo (on 49th btw. 6+7th), Pizza Suprema (on 8th btw. 30+31st), Margon (on 46th btw. 6+7th), Piece Of Chicken (RIP), Minar (on 46th btw. 6+7th).
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Dresden, Neustadt, Babos, nuff said.
Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Well, I was going to ask about good gyros and toasted italian sandwiches, but then this happened…So I was at Famous 53rd the other day waiting patiently in line when some harried looking dude runs up to the front, says something to the guy, and shortly receives some food. When I get to the front of the line I ask why this person got to jump the queue
and the guy informs me that he was a cabbie and he was double parked and he didn’t want to get a ticket. I politely informed him that I thought this was bullshit, he explained his position to me, and I imagine neither of us felt very good about what happened. I understand he’s a businessman and he’s gotta make a living, but this really upset me in a way that I recognize is kinda silly, but I don’t think I’ll go back. Thoughts? Am I being unreasonable? Any one else have similar experiences? Also, could somebody please explain Cer Te (on 55th btw. 5+6th) for me. I don’t get it.
Thoughts on this? Put them 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.