PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Andrew”
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 Andrew, a Finance Manager who moonlights as a street food tour guide.
Occupation: Finance Manager/tour guide
Where in Midtown do you work? International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, 37th St and 5th Ave (and I run tours for Turnstile Tours)
Favorite Kind of Food: It depends on what I’m fancying for lunch that day – usually something Caribbean hits the spot.
Least Favorite Kind of Food: I can’t stand eating anything wrapped in plastic or out of a refrigerator case for lunch. I like to eat something hot and fresh, especially this time of year.
Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: I love eating from carts – that’s probably where I eat 90% of my lunches. The selection along 6th Avenue is so great, it’s hard to pick even just a couple that are my favorite. The oxtail at Trini Paki Boys (43rd St) is perhaps my favorite street meal in New York; if they’re out of it, their chicken and rice – especially with the tamarind sauce – is probably my second favorite. I also love the King Kati Roll from Biryani Cart (45th St), and the talapia and rice from Kwik Meal (46th St), but those are well-known staples of the Midtown street food scene. Whenever they have it, the lengua taco from El Rey del Sabor is fantastic, as is their spicy pork. And because I love getting a nice piece of fish for under $6, the fried whiting and chips from Kim’s Aunt Kitchen is great.
“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? If I’m in a rush, I will usually get a burrito from Cafe 37 (on 37th btw. 5+6th) down the block from my office. They’re pretty good, and a good deal ($6.50 with fresh baked chips).
Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch Whenever I feel like taking a long stroll at lunch time, I make my way up to Park Avenue north of Grand Central, and my usual stop there is Uncle Gussy’s. It’s worth the walk for their souvlaki.
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I think it would have to be somewhere in Southeast Asia – Singapore, Malaysia, or Hong Kong. That’s where you’ll find some of the best street food in the world, and that’s all really want for lunch. Plus, it’s warm/
Anything you’d like to ask the midtown lunch readers? Do you eat from street carts, and why or why not?
Got an answer for Andrew? Put it in the comments. Want to be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate)? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.