PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Yaniv”
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 Yaniv, a software designer who hates Pret and misses Pick-a-Pita.
Occupation: Education Software Designer
Where in Midtown do you work? Pearson, 37th and 7th Ave.
Favorite Kind of Food: Spicy, unusual, only-in-new-york, cheap
Least Favorite Kind of Food: Boring sandwiches, Pret a Manger
Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Achari paneer rolls at Kati Roll (on 39th btw. 5+6th). Hot wings lunch special at Bon Chon (on 38th btw. 7+8th). Pastrami on rye at Ben’s Kosher Deli (on 38th btw. 7+8th). Hot tofu ramen soup at Sapporo (on 49th btw. 6+7th). Cheeseburger and beer at Keen’s (on 36th btw 5+6th). Italian hero at Shamas Deli (under the parking garage on 38th btw. B’way+7th). And for a splurge, oysters on the half shell at The Oyster Bar in Grand Central. For dessert, the by-the-pound M&M bar at the M&M shop in Times Square.
“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Pret a Manger (Sigh.) Worlds most boring lunch, but they are fast and sometimes speed comes first. My colleagues and I joke that Pret is a “lunch fail” – the place where you go when you’ve shirked your lunch duties.
Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch It’s closed now, but I really loved Pick-A-Pita on 8th Ave. They had a killer chicken shawarma platter. Midtown lunch gave me the tip when it was still in the basement of that weird building on 38th street. Since that’s not an option any more, I have to go with Kati Roll.
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Probably Hong Kong so I could sit on the street and eat amazing noodles and weird seafood and pork products and drink a cold beer and watch the city unfurl.
Anything you’d like to ask the midtown lunch readers? Good tips for a non-cheesy, not-too-crowded after work bar. Our goto place, the Spanish Taverna, has sadly closed down. R.I.P. amigos.
If you’ve got a recommendation for Yaniv, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.