PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Jessica”

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 Jessica, an art museum worker bee who’d love to live in Pakistan.

Name: Jessica

Age: 27

Occupation: Art Museum Worker Bee

Where in Midtown do you work? Flatiron, formally at 75 Rock

Favorite Kind of Food: I grew up around a lot of different cultures, so I have a lot of favorites. Sicilian, Colombian, Lebanese, Chinese … if I had to choose one dish I’d probably pick a big ol’ plate of rice, red beans and sweet plantains for my go to comfort food. Close seconds include: ANY pasta, pork dumplings, and Entenmann’s banana cake with the chocolate and the crumb topping (yup, I went there).

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Raw Onion, Yogurt.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: El Sabroso aka the garment district freight elevator, Qwik Meal, Hallo Berlin, Woorijip, the counter at Grand Central Oyster Bar.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? I would say the ubiquitous Bread and Butter, but I’ve been staging a personal boycott since it’s way overpriced and everything tastes faintly of soy yaki.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I’ve done a fair amount of traveling and I’d have to say of all places I would pick Lahore, Pakistan … really. In the city they have a place called “Food Street” (actual name), where the sidewalks are lined with the most amazing array of food vendors imaginable, and there are tables in the center for you to hang out and snack. All Pakistani dishes — so no pork — but everything was out-of-this-world good (for the travelers out there, it makes an Asian night market look like the Manhattan Mall Food Court). I’d say the dish that sticks out the most was this large (at least 10 lb.) fish that was marinated in spices, breaded, deep fried and served whole … too good.

Anything you’d like to ask the midtown lunch readers? If you could make an adult, Midtown Lunchable, what would you put in it?

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