PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Gayatri”

As is customary here on Midtown Lunch, every Tuesday we’ll profile a different lunch’er and get their recommendations for places to eat in Downtown NYC. This week, we have Gayatri who isn’t afraid to say she eats at chains come lunchtime and is looking for a certain Japanese dish.

Name: Gayatri Nair

Occupation: Project/business manager

Where you work: Wall Street


Favorite Kinds of Food: Mexican, grilled/BBQ, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Least Favorite Foods: Raw food, anything with cinnamon on top or raisins in it.

Favorite Lunches Downtown: The Mexicue Truck for the smoked chicken and BBQ beet tacos, and the Souvlaki GR Truck for chicken stix and veggie pita. Recently, thanks to a colleague I found Pita Press on Cedar (btw. William & Pearl). Their zucchini feta fritter pita is divine.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: When I’m in a hurry and don’t want to think too much, me and my co-worker end up at Shinju Sushi or Pret. At Shinju Sushi on Pearl (btw. Pine & Wall) we ALWAYS get the sweet potato tempura rolls. At Pret (Multiple Locations), the Moroccan lentil soup & the hot falafel wrap is my favorite.

Places downtown you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Downtown: Red Mango on Fulton St. (nr. Dutch). I ate there for the first time two days ago. I was never a ‘fro-yo’ fan, and I have been converted.

Dream job location, purely for lunch purposes, and why: Somewhere in Morocco. I have a weakness for couscous & mint tea.

Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch: Downtown readers?: I lived in Singapore for nine years before coming to New York. My favorite place to eat there was this teppanyaki place. I don’t think it was too authentic but I think that might be why I loved it. All the meals used to come with this marvelously spicy sauce on top. I still dream about it. Can anyone tell me where I can get great teppanyaki in New York, preferably with some spicy sauces?

Ihave no clue where to find this so I’m going to leave it up to you lunchers to help Gayatri out. And as always, if you would like to be next week’s Profiled Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate), email us at


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