PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Dan”

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 Dan, an Economist with a life changing sandwich recommendation…

Name: Dan



Where in Midtown do you Work?:
Midtown East

Favorite Kind of Food:
Eggplant pizza

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
Alfalfa sprouts

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown:
Fresh Bites on 57th and 6th. The #12 sandwich is a life-changer (I think it’s called Tijuana Chicken). The lemon poppy pound cake is also incredible and I don’t usually even eat dessert. On the east side, the soba noodle salad at Nippon (52nd btw. 3+Lex.),  and whitefish on an onion bagel at Ess a Bagel (3rd btw. 49+50th).

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often:
Pampano Taqueria (3rd & 50th) and Simply Food (48th and 3rd). The last one is one of those jack of all trades places but they do some pretty incredible stuff. They regularly have a roast pork line on their hot buffet, which they can turn into a mean pork on focaccia sandwich.

Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: 
The 47th St. Japanese Convenience Store & Deli on 47th btw. Lex+3rd.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why?
The East Village. Because that way I could have Prune’s lamb-burgers, Bereket, and Katz’s every day for lunch. Not to mention $5 lunch specials from Mingala Village.

Your roast pork on focaccia sandwich intrigues me, and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.  I’ve walked by that place so many times, but it scares me with it’s lime green sign- and general Midtown Deli’ishness.   Can anybody else vouch for the hot food line at Simply Food?  Feel free to post a comment below.

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


  • from menupages. sounds kinda “eh” if you ask me:

    Grilled Chicken Tijuana: Mexican Grilled Chicken Breast, Chipotle BBQ Sauce, Grilled Peppers & Onions with Monterey Jack Cheese On Rustic Foccacia

  • ‘Rustic foccacia’ = burnt to a bloody crisp.

  • Yummy bloody crisp! Rare prime rib and potato chips!

  • Actually, the Deli should be called the Golan Heights, since Bread & Olive is Lebanese (not Palestinian).

  • Didn’t realize you had already featured Milk n Honey. I thought it was an Israeli Bread & Olives. Didn’t realize it was just a Jewish Manhattan Cafe.

    Speaking of Bread & Olives, I got a falafel from there last week. It’s $5 and they give you THREE falafels! I need sustenance for lunch. Never again.

  • Thanks DDR! I have almost gone in there 3 or 4 times. I would have been SO pissed at that.

  • 3 economists dont walk into a bar…………

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