PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Alexa”
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 Alexa, a musician who wishes she lived in Japan.
Occupation: Music Publisher and Musician
Where in Midtown do you Work?: Midtown East – 51st and Madison
Favorite Kind of Food: Generally Asian – Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean – as well as Italian and Polish/Eastern European. And Tacos.
Least Favorite Kind of Food: Salads (usually too boring), Nuts (most things are just better without ‘em)
Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Schnitzel & Things (the truck, when it’s parked on 51st between Madison and Park): The pork schnitzel platter with spicy Sriracha mayo, accompanied with beet salad and potato salad. Yes, I have a Schnitzel & Things sticker on my electric stapler…it looks good on there. Hing Won (48th Street btw. Rockefeller Plaza and 6th Ave): Cantonese Wonton Noodle Soup with Roast Pork. I’m a noodle soup junkie from when the temperatures start to drop to the most humid days of the summer. Glaze (Lexington Ave btw 54th and 55th Street): Salmon Teriyaki w/ a side of pork gyoza. Every time I go to this restaurant, I’m bound to hear Phoenix playing on their speakers and it makes me even more pumped to eat my salmon teriyaki. And, as a transplant from Seattle, this place tastes like home – it’s the real deal for Seattle teriyaki. Bian Dang (last encountered on 46th and Vanderbilt): Fried chicken over rice!
“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Our office goes through phases of running a place into the ground. In the summer time, we were hitting up Uncle Gussy’s for their tasty lamby sammie (aka Lamb Gyro). They also have some of the most delicious french fries in Midtown. So crispy! Toasties is located in our building, and is always an option, purely out of laziness. Currently, as an office, we’ve been on a Chipotle kick as a result of one of my coworkers winning a 25-burrito party a few weeks ago. There were only 8 of us in the office that day, and each of us received three burritos (or tacos or burrito bowls). Chipotle totally duped us with that gimmick.
Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Most free eats and tips are thanks to Midtown Lunch. I first heard about Sprinkles Cupcakes when Midtown Lunch announced they had parked their promotional truck outside of Rockefeller Center with one thousand free cupcakes. My co-worker and I pretty much bolted out the door after that announcement, and the folks at Sprinkles were kind enough to give us a few extra to bring back to our office.
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Japan. A country that has offered us the deliciousness that is udon, ramen, sushi, teriyaki, and sake? Take me there.
Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Does anyone else have a Schnitzel & Things sticker beautifully adorned in their cubicle? Please?
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