PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Matthew”

Every Tuesday I turn over the site to a different Midtown Lunch’er for his or her recommendations for the best lunch in Midtown. Today it’s Matthew, a Strategic Sourcing Manager who assured me he was a Giants fan- which was a pre-requisite for today’s profile.  My little way of thanking the big blue for preserving the legacy of my precious 1972 Dolphins.  I also hate the Patriots (10 years in Boston as a Dolphins fan will do that to you).  Nothing about his profile says Giants fan, and he couldn’t get me a photo of himself wearing any Giants stuff in time… but I’m going to take his word for it.

 Name: Matthew


Strategic Sourcing Manager

Where in Midtown do you Work?:
34th St. & 8th Ave.

Favorite Kind of Food:
Italian followed closely by BBQ

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
Indian. Love spicy food, but can’t handle the spices in Indian food.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Chicken Parmigiana hero at Manganaro’s Hero Boy on 9th Ave and 38th.  (I can tell this is going to spark comments already.  Are you sure it’s Hero Boy you love?  Or, do you like Manganaro’s old school deli next store.  Two different places.  Long and historical rivalry.  -zach)

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: The cafeteria in our building, which isn’t bad for a corporate cafeteria. They have great chicken wings!!

Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Ressie Mae’s may she rest in peace! Chicken and waffles should be outlawed, but the combination is something not to be missed.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why?  San Francisco.  Great weather, beautiful walking city and it has the 2 criteria I require to consider living anywhere: great Italian and great Chinese food. Plus you can go down to the Wharf and get Dungeness crabs from a cart, sit with your feet over the side of the wharf and throw the shells in the Bay with that view!

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Where can a guy get a good rack of BBQ Ribs in Midtown without a long sitdown lunch? I’ve eaten in the South for lunch and it seems like these places are everywhere, but, alas, I haven’t found great ribs I love since Wylie’s closed on 50th and 1st a few years ago. Help a guy out ML readers!!

Chicken wings.  Fried chicken and waffles.  Ribs.  I wish I had been at your Superbowl party.  I’ve only had ribs at one place that could sort of qualify as Midtown… and I can’t imagine anybody elses being better.

BBQ porn, after the jump…

It’s a shame Daisy May’s BBQ Cart doesn’t carry ribs.  For those, you have to go to their way out of bounds restaurant on 11th Ave. & 46th St.  Oh… and it’s outside the Midtown Lunch price range too.  But if you are going to do it, you might as well do it up right.  Living around the corner from the actual Daisy May’s is why I can’t bring myself to step foot into Virgil’s, Spanky’s or Dallas BBQ.

There are, however, a few take out rib options in Midtown that I haven’t tried yet.  Maybe the commenters could shed some light on these places:

  • Texas Rotisserie & Grill (3rd Ave. btw. 44+45th)  2nd Floor
  • Texas Chicken & Grill (42nd St. btw. 8+9th) 
  • Dougie’s BBQ (47th btw. 5+6th) 3rd Floor, just below El Rincon del Sabor
  • Sawa BBQ (9th Ave. btw. 43+44th).  Weird BBQ place run by Japanese people.  I’ve only had the sushi (which was fine) and the BBQ pork sandwich (which was not good at all).  Maybe the ribs are ok… 

As always, if you want to be the next Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er, or you’d like to nominate somebody in your office, email me at


  • The Ribs at Brother Jimmy’s are no great shakes, but they do Rib Tips for $6 and its pretty good. I like the Pulled park and Buffalo wings more though.

    DO NOT go to Virgil’s, they make terrible ribs in my opinion.

  • brother jimmy’s is an abomination. that place should be shut down, in all its locations but SPECIFICALLY on the ues, based on principle alone.

    and their pulled pork sucks.

    ps: i’m cranky today.

  • I love Hill Country BBQ too! They also have great red cabbage cole slaw and macaroni & cheese.

  • Brother Jimmy’s makes average pulled pork, but they have a really good mustard BBQ sauce for the South Carolina version. The Grand Central version, without the atmosphere if the uptown ones, but just the food, is fine.

  • Ribs for superbowl?!?! Did that in my vertical smoker along with pulled chicken and keilbasa.
    Being from Queens, working in midtown I can say there aren’t any amazing places for true smoked southern ribs unless you want to go to one of those chain type places that everyone knows Daisy’s… etc. However I do have a gem in the Jackson Heights/Corona area of Queens I believe on 34th ave and approx 82nd street, right off the BQE near Northern Blvd.
    Anyhoo, this place was Pearson’s, now it’s the Ranger BBQ and it’s in the back of a local watering hole called Legends Bar. This place turned me on to smoked bbq, they do ribs, north eastern carolina pulled pork (vinegar based, no tomato bbq sauce) keilbasa, turkey, chicken. It’s a small no fuss place with a huge smoker in the bar and it’s still my go to place and i’ll make the trip for it. Oh and they make freaking SMOKED BEEF SHORT RIB FLAUTAS!! (chopped short rib tips wrapped in a tortilla fresh and deep fried!).

    I’ll go there over Brother Jimmies or Dinosaur at every opportunity.

  • I forgot to mention that the place in Queens (Ranger BBQ review here: I am talking about is a mixed mashup type of bbq place, Ribs are Memphis style, Brisket is Texas, Pork is NE Carolina style.

  • Go dolphins! ( Sorry… A little late to the game. )

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