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…
Occupation: Production Assistant (and author of the blog http://nyceats.wordpress.com/ )
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 firstname.lastname@example.org