Chances are, every day around 11:00am you begin to ask yourself the most troublesome, age-old question: “What should I eat for lunch today?” Well, you’re not alone; everyone at Village Print & Media suffers from this same hardship daily, trying to figuring out what exactly will satisfy their cravings. Lucky for us, we’ve got a few food connoisseurs floating around the office, including our Social Media Strategist and Midtown foodie, Anik Ghose. And lucky for you, Anik has decided to share his knowledge. Check out three of his go-to lunch spots in Midtown, below, and enjoy!

El Centro

Cuisine: Mexican

Location: Hell’s Kitchen

What Anik says you need to know:

“Awesome Mexican food with a knockout drink selection. It’s definitely more of an end-of-the-week sit-down lunch spot, especially if you’re in the mood for a few drinks.”

What Anik says you need to order: 

“While the drinks are awesome, you’re given a heavy pour. Pace yourself – it’s only lunchtime. Try the Watermelon Tequito or the Senjarrita. El Centro capitalizes in serving great guacamole; the only thing missing is the heat, so make sure to ask for hot sauce. I would recommend trying the Chicken Nachos and/or Platos Grandes (hanger steak).”


Spice Symphony

Cuisine: Indo-Chinese

Location: Midtown East

What Anik says you need to know:

“Awesome lunch specials with to-die-for Indian desserts for the more adventurous New Yorker.”

What Anik says you need to order: 

“Skip the drinks, focus on the food. I recommend their Chicken Tikka Masala. Compared to most other places, Spice Symphony’s Chicken Tikka Masala is more rich in flavor than just sweet. Their blend of spices, seasoning, and yogurt comes to fruition with how well the Chicken Tikka Masala is made. For dessert, grab an order of Rasmalai or Gajar Ka Halwa (warm carrot pudding). You won’t be sorry.”



Cuisine: Japanese

Location: Times Square

What Anik says you need to know:

“From their humble beginnings as a small food stall in Camden Market in London to over 30 branches across the U.K. and the U.S., it’s about time Wasabi finally opened up their first location in New York City. Basically, it’s worth dealing with the nightmare that is Time Square in order to try this place out. The prices are beyond affordable, their modern take on traditional Japanese dishes is delicious, and the selection is gigantic. With that said, you’ll never find a seat. This is a grab and go place, regardless of whether or not you have time to spare.”

What Anik says you need to order: 

“Since it’s take-out, go for the Bento Box. My favorites are the Pork Katsu Bento, Salmon Teriyaki Bento, and the Spicy Chicken Bento. If you’re in the mood for a heavy portion of sushi, try any of their mix-and-match lunch options.”

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