Three off-beat business lunches in Midtown Manhattan
It’s pretty easy to spend a solid couple hours and lots of $$$ at a business lunch in Midtown. But here are a few off-beat places that are quick and light on the marketing budget. Take all your cool/foodie contacts and network sans the white linen.
p.s. All of these are chain-lets with multiple Manhattan locations.
1. Kati Roll Company – 49 West 39th Street (btw 5th/6th)
Think little spicy Indian burritos. I usually get 2 rolls, an Unda Roll with beaten eggs, spices and onions, and a Shami – the minced lamb. The Shrimp Masala and Chicken Tikka rolls are also killer. Order and pay at the register, find a table. Get there before noon or the line gets long. If it’s nice out, takeout and eat around the corner in Bryant Park for some rays and great people-watching.
2. Sophie’s Cuban – 369 Lexington Ave. (btw 40th/41st)
Cuban/Peruvian comfort food. They have table service, so just sit down rather than standing in line at the counter. The first time you go here the Cuban sandwich and a side of sweet plantains are required. The following visit, it’s the Pernil with a twist (shown above). Only then shall you venture to other portions of the menu — such as the fantastic ground beef stew with rice and beans. And the green sauce. Oh, the green sauce…..
3. Xi’an Famous Foods – 24 West 45th Street (btw 5th/6th)
Most famous for their hand-ripped noodles. Notwithstanding limited seating, take-out is highly frowned upon as the noodles are best eaten immediately. So get there early. And by early I mean there’s already a line at 11:30. My go-tos are the Cumin Lamb Burger (get two if that’s all you’re having), the Spicy Cumin Lamb in Soup (shown above — this will burn your face off, btw), and the Spicy & Tingly Beef. Order and pay at the front, and make sure you know which kitchen your meal is coming out of – the front or the back one. This lady that works there will start yelling if you don’t pay attention to this point.