PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Lawrence”

Every Tuesday I 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 Lawrence, a sports guy and neophyte blogger with a lot of favorite lunches…

Name: Lawrence


Production Assistant (and author of the blog )

Where in Midtown do you Work?:
SportsNet New York

Favorite Kind of Food:
Burgers, ribs, pizza, and spicy Thai food

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
Anything served in the Midtown mega-lunch store

Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown:
The Bacon Cheeseburger w/ Fried Onions from Five Guys (55th btw. 5+6th). 2 Cheeseburgers with everything but mayo and mustard, an order of fries, and a Sam Adams from Burger Joint (56th btw. 6+7th). Extra Spicy Pork Drunken Noodles from Topaz Thai (56th btw. 6+7th). Chilorio Mexican style pulled pork tacos, corn chips, salsa, and Watermelon Aqua Fresca from Pampano Taqueria(3rd Ave. btw. 49+50th). Trainwreck cheese fries, Pulled Pork Sandwich,and Banana Pudding from Virgil’s BBQ (44th btw. 5+6th).  1 regular slice, 1 sicilian (only if fresh) or grilled chicken hero w/ fresh mozz, roasted peppers and roasted eggplant from Bella Napoli Pizza (49th btw. 6+7th). The G3 (grilled roast beef, fried onions, L & T, pickles, bacon, american cheese) with Russian Dressing instead of A1 or Smoked Chicken Deluxe (chicken cutlet, american cheese,grilled pastrami, L & T, with russian) from Lenny’s.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often:
Though I don’t EVER eat there, my co-workers love Cafe Duke, I hate it, it smells funky outside, which is never a good sign,and I know at least 6 people who’ve gotten violently ill from eatingsandwiches or food from the buffet.

Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch:
Kati Roll, Tony the Dragon, Carnegie John’s, Jannero’s  (I’m guessing he means Jiannetto’s Pizza Truck?  -zach), & the Daisy Mays Cart.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why?
The Nexus of the Universe (1st and 1st for non-Seinfeld fans). It’s close to the LES (Georgia’s Eastside BBQ, Katz’s, Tiny’s) and the East Village (too many to list) and ABC City. No greater concentration of cheap and awesome eateries.

Interesting that you mention Bella Napoli on 49th btw. 6+7th.  It has sort of flown under the radar on this site- I think because I take it for granted.  Bella Napoli is right downstairs from my office building, and the go-to pizza place for my entire office.  It can get a little pricey, but it certainly is good pizza.  And once I had a meatball sub there that made me want a nap for the rest of the afternoon…

They actually have an amazing video up on You Tube that may warrant the invention of  a new term:  The Pizza Porno.  Check it out after the jump…

The food.  The music.  The slow motion editing.  The four fat tourist ladies from the Midwest masquerading as ”Times Square Workers”.  And that’s just the first 2 minutes of a 5 minute video. 

And just when you think it’s over (about 3:30 in)… slow motion shots of uncooked pizza toppings!  Watching all 5 minutes of the video, I couldn’t help but think- somebody actually took the time to make this thing.  Brilliant…

As always, if you want to be the next Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er, email me at


  • Cute boy.

    I love a burger fanatic.

  • Nice outfit. Yet another person who can’t answer the questions.
    “Favorite place” is singular – a laundry list of places you frequent isn’t a “favorite place.” And “The ‘go-to’ lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often” clearly includes the word “you.” Yet the answer was a reflection of where they eat too often.

  • The favorite “Place” thing is my fault. Sorry- I changed that on the questionaire to be “favorite place(s)” but forgot to change it on the post… besides, are you actually complaining that he’s giving you *more* suggestions for good lunches? Some of you people are never satisfied!

  • Dude, this isn’t the Gawker message boards nor a tax form. Why spread the hate?

  • Well, I think “favorite place” should only be that one place you absolutely love to go to. If it becomes a laundry list for every Midtown Luncher, then the readers really won’t know which one of those places is the Luncher’s favorite.

    This can be avoided: “favorite place” could be one question, and an additional question could be “what are some other places you go to other than your favorite?”

    Is that a Halloween costume? Seriously.

  • I agree with “Calling You Out”. If you sign up to be profiled, follow the rules.

  • Lawrence’s “favorite” lunch at Virgil’s costs $27. If I’m going to plunk down $30 or so for lunch, I sure as shit ain’t going to Virgil’s.

  • I’ve never been to Lenny’s. Always curious about their food. Anyone else recommend it?

  • Wow talk about anal. Hey man, you’re late to your psychiatric appointment. Better hurry!

  • Not really a relevant comment to this post, but all the posts after this seemed to have turned into italics.

  • Fedthefish – my wife is a big fan of Lenny’s, although I’ve never been. She likes it because it has a nice variety of sandwiches and salads that are healthier but somehow better tasting and fresher than the average lunch fare.

  • Lenny’s isn’t bad, but they gave me the wrong sandwich too many times. Nothing worse than getting back to the office and finding something I didn’t order.

  • What’s attached to the hand on superman’s shoulder?

  • The lettuce at Lenny’s scares me. Often it is brownish and freaky.

    And they charge you $1.50 EXTRA for getting your sandwich on a wrap – when this is stated NOWHERE on the menu or in the store. hmph

  • Who’s got the best tuna melt in the bryant park vicinity?

  • Lenny’s sandwiches are much fresher than the normal deli, but also more expensive. The one on 48th is getting more crowded and chaotic, which leads to longer waits and more potential mix-ups.

  • Lenny’s is really more of a go-to than a favorite if you ask me. Their sandwiches are head and shoulders above the pax/cafe metro/etc. generic delis IMO… but I still wouldn’t call Lenny’s exactly Midtown Lunch-worthy. At the end of the day, a sandwich is still just a sandwich (unless you’re at City Subs in Brooklyn).

  • First off, Andie, whoever you are, you’re a sweetheart and I’d love to buy you a burger so get in touch through my blog ( To Conrad Logic, good stuff, thanks for representing. But Calling you Out and Marina, guys, please, let’s be civil here. Did I really anger you by talking too much about food? I love food, I can’t just stop abruptly after naming one place. Plus, my only purpose, like Zach said (thanks dude), was to share even more places and delicious dishes with you.

    DDR – As far as Virgil’s goes, I feel you on the price. I always used to go with my younger brother this past summer. He was still rocking our father’s credit card “for emergencies.” Needless to say, we have a great father, he foot the bill on some quality Virgil’s meals. Funny thing is, since my brother went back to school, I’ve only returned for banana pudding.

    Fed the fish – Lenny’s is solid, delivery is questionable, especially at lunch time, though I’ve never been disappointed. A great move is to call ahead and then just roll in there real quick and pick it up. I stand by my suggestions as two awesome sandwiches especially once you add the russian dressing. In fact, ask for more russian on the side.

  • Lawrence – That your dad is footing the bill makes your $30 Virgil’s lunch slightly more acceptable, but the fact that you weren’t getting the wings or hush puppies is inexcusable.

  • DDR- point well taken, the hush puppies with maple butter are fantastic but just a little too filling for two people who dig cheese fries and pulled pork. The wings, I do agree, are solid as hell. Big old wings charred on the outside. Maybe we can get together with “calling you out” and shove a wing down his or her throat to silence the hate.

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