Here at Grubhub, our employees are pretty obsessed with food. Every day, we’re making sure delicious food finds its way to your door…and to ours. Say what? Correct, we too order from Grubhub (so meta).
With our “What I Ate in a Week” series, you’ll get a sneak peek into the lives of actual — never not hungry — Grubhub team members. A nice benefit that happens to come with our jobs is what we call “mealperks” — our weekly Grubhub stipend. Clearly, we’re using this to get the best bites in town each and every week.
On deck, we have: JP, a Data Analyst at Grubhub. Get the lowdown on his delivery highlights of the week and top ordering hacks.
Hello, I’m JP Fontelo. I’m an analyst on the data analytics team. I’m a DC native who moved back to the East Coast after spending a few years in the Midwest for grad school and work. I’ve been living in Hoboken, NJ for the past three years. I enjoy swimming, skiing, studying languages (I speak French, Italian, Spanish), and opera.
Here are my top eats from last week…
Falafel Plate from Turco Mediterranean Grill
Mediterranean food is a great option when you’re looking for a variety of fresh and bold flavors. On Thursday, I ordered from Turco Mediterranean Grill. What did I get, you ask? A falafel plate with Turkish bread, bulgur cracked wheat, hummus, and salad highlighted by a freshly roasted pepper. The menu options also made it super easy to pick the bulgur cracked wheat option and maximize my whole grain intake.
Smashed Chickpeas from Two Forks
I’m a fairly recent hire at Grubhub, but I’ve quickly learned a Bryant Park neighborhood favorite in the New York office is Two Forks. It’s a fast casual lunch concept with an eclectic blend of flavors. I opted for the shredded pork smash chickpeas bowl with slaw, bean salad, and a sweet and tangy Korean chili sauce. It was a nice day so I set the order for pickup and enjoyed my lunch in the park.
Tacos Al Pastor from Tacombi
Tacombi in New York has a fun, retro surfer vibe, and serves up amazing Mexican street food. Looks like they’re worth a look to try out some other tacos, apart from the tacos al pastor which I ordered. It’s interesting to think of Grubhub as a way to not only quickly and easily order food, but to learn of top nearby restaurants!
Ma Po Tofu from Cafe China
Continuing on our theme of Grubhub being a way to find amazing new restaurants, there’s an interesting story behind this ma po tofu from Cafe China. I searched “ma po tofu” in the search bar on the Grubhub website and selected pickup. Walking up to the restaurant on 37th Street, the place was buzzing with activity. I saw the glass door adorned with prior years’ Michelin stars. When I got back, I googled to discover all sorts of reviews describing Cafe China as an elevated Sichuan eatery that has won a lot of fans in recent years. The ma po tofu itself offered an elegant take on that warming, numbing sensation I crave in Sichuan cuisine. What a great find.