PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Mark”

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 Mark, a cheeseburger lover looking for fish tacos.

Name: Mark

Age: 35

Occupation: Media Director

Where in Midtown do you work? Channel V Media, 39th and 6th

Favorite Kind of Food: When forced, I will say the cheeseburger is my favorite food, but I’m currently having a steamy affair with fish tacos.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Egg salad. The look, taste, consistency … everything about egg salad grosses me out.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: The Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien, lamb on pita from Kwik Meal, creamy spinach slice from Little Italy Pizza (request a side of marinara sauce for dipping), Moo Shu pork from Szechuan Gourmet on 39th St.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Shamas Deli aka “Best Sandwiches” on 38th is our go-to. The guys who work there are incredibly nice, everything is fresh, and it’s very convenient in terms of grab-and-go. And nothing says “lunch” like a good sandwich and a bag of chips.

Places you have discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Someone recommended Margon a while back, which has become a staple for me.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Exumas — an island in the Bahamas. There’s this unassuming shack down there that serves these delicious conch burgers. Add some hot sauce, and you’re in heaven. The locals are friendly as could be, and the surroundings don’t hurt either.

Anything you’d like to ask the midtown lunch readers? Where are the good fish tacos in midtown?

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  • Domo Taco occasionally hits 38th and 6th. They do a tempura fish taco. I’m sure the various Mexican places in the area do something close but it’s probably not a proper Cali-style fish taco.

    Also 2nding conch. I haven’t had good conch in years, all I can find around me is canned crap. Conch fritters are godly food.

  • Pampano Taqueria in 805 Atrium (basement of 805 3rd ave) makes great mahi mahi tempura tacos. Their pulled pork is also excellent.

    With the indoor waterfall and piano player there, its a great hangover hideout as well.

  • Pampano is very good, agreed! Mike N Willies makes a great fish taco too. theres always baja fresh and wahoo fish tacos (not too far away?)


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    It’s out of bounds, sort of, but Wahoo at 25 and Park does a great fish taco, and not that fried crap. A nice well cooked taco with a cabbage slaw + 7 or 8 different hot sauces. And they have great prices on beer at happy hour.. so a win win

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      Yeah, a successful fish taco chain from CA must surely be an automatic contender for best fish taco in Manhattan.

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        who said best fish taco in manhattan? Is this midtown lunch or serious eats? It is a good fish taco with good beer prices..

  • I tried Domo for the first time today and had their fish taco. It was okay, but for $4 for a single 3″ corn tortilla taco, I found it to be a tad too small. It’s a little out of bounds, but I really liked Ponche’s fish taco. Served in a flour tortilla (which I prefer for fried fish) and spicy sauce.

    • Yeah, Domo’s good deal is buying all three. I didn’t get the fish when I went but was pretty well full for the chicken, steak, and pork tacos.

      Did they ever double the tortillas or did you only get one tortilla on the taco?

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    Bill’s Bar and Burger has Blackened Mahi tacos (3). It’s listed as an appetizer but can be a meal by itself.

  • The Fishing Shrimp truck occasionally is near you — I’ve caught them at 48th and Park on Wednesdays — and lists fish tacos, though they haven’t been able to make them when I’ve asked. They also do deep-fried conch.

    • Whoops. Went by yesterday, and there’s no mention of fish tacos anymore on the menu.

      Chips became a la carte, too, without changing the base price of your lunch choice.

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    In my opinion, the basement Pampano is not only overpriced but it’s not any good. Their rice is a barely edible flavorless parboiled mush that they use to fill everything. Their beans also have no taste. They use the cheapest most flavorless tortillas imaginable. Their meats eaten alone are relatively tasty, but you get so little that you can barely taste it.

    Seems like you’re supposed to drown their flavorless offerings in one of the 3 hot sauces they provide and be happy. That just doesn’t cut it.

  • Do yourself a huge favor and give the egg salad at B&H Dairy a try (downtown). It doesn’t have any qualities you find in traditional egg salad (loaded with mayonnaise, goopy) and I actually didn’t even recognize it as egg salad at first. It is an in-house invention that will absolutely chnge your mind. Order that and a cup of matzoh ball soup and you are good to go.

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