PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Josh”

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’s Lunch’er is pretty special.  He doesn’t work in Midtown, he *lives* in Midtown.  And not in Hell’s Kitchen or Murray Hill, but smack dab in the middle of Midtown Lunch’ing central- on 46th St. btw 5+6th, above Akdeniz (!), the Turkish restaurant on Little Brazil.  Oh, and he’s also a Magician.  Meet Josh, possibly the most amazing Midtown Lunch’er of all time… 

 Name: Josh


Entertainer (Magician/Comedian)/Foodie (

Where in Midtown do you Work?:
I live on Little Brazil, 46th bet. 6th and 5th (right above Akdeniz).

Favorite Kind of Food:
Sushi, Thai, Everything

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
Love everything

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Buffet at Sun Yip/Ho Yip (45th btw. 5+6th), Anything from Cafe Zaiya (41st btw. Mad+5th), Beef with Peanut Sauce from Pongsri (48th btw. 7+8th), Duck Panang Curry from Pam Real Thai (49th btw. 9+10th), Sultan’s Delight from Akdeniz, Cheeseburger from Five Guys (55th btw. 5+6th), Sushi Special Entree from Hatsuhana (48th btw. Mad+5th), Lamb from the Kwik Meal Cart (45th & 6th), Chicken dishes from The Jamaican Dutchy Cart (51st & 7th).

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: My goto Lunch spot is Cafe Zaiya. For fast, authentic Japanese delights, this place is the best.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I’d like to be the Full-Time Momofuku Ssam Magician based at 13th and 2nd in the East Village, but will travel to 1st between 10th and 11th to Noodle Bar and Ko. To be able to entertain at any Momofuku(I have actually been known to whip out card tricks while dining at Ssam and Noodle Bar in the middle of my meals) and be able to eat any Chang and Co. creation, would be ideal.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers?: 1. Who makes the best Italian Hoagie in Midtown? 2. Any single gal interested in dining with a magician/foodie?

Wow.  Two very difficult questions.  I don’t know what’s more ambitious, finding a great Italian sub through Midtown Lunch (I’ve tried many and still haven’t settled on the best), or finding a date (many have tried, has anybody succeeded?).  Commenters, I turn this one over to you…

And 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


  • Alas, Josh – I was hoping you’d know a place I haven’t been to, since you live near my office. Agree that Pam Real Thai serves up great food, and Akdeniz makes some solid Turkish dishes as well.

    I’m not an Italian hoagie guy, but 2 colleagues have been impressed with Homefront Deli’s version. Give it a shot.

    Good luck on the dating front!

  • magicians are creepy.

  • Angela from the legendary Zen Burger review is single and /or sectioned.

    And being magically gifted you could do what medical science has failed to do and remove her head from up her own arse.

    Can’t help with the hoagie tho,soz.

  • Try Park Italian Deli on 45th St. btwn 5th & 6th for an Italian hoagie. I’ve only had the meatball parm hero, which is delicious and only costs $5.50.

  • yeah, good luck with that dude.

    as far as hoagies, i’m on the hunt, too. i hate to say i’ve had better italian subs in MD… but i pretty much have.

  • The best hoagie in Midtown:

    Lee’s Hoagies

  • I get my Italian Hoagie from Homefront, thought its defintiely the best I ever have had. They do, however, use great banana peppers and its a terrific value.

  • i’d like to nominate my coworker! she should be here shortly.

  • Best way to get an Italian hoagie in midtown is to walk to Penn Station and get on a train to Philly.

    Sarcone’s is one of many. NY efforts at hoagies never get the bread right.

  • Let me start off by saying there are no good Italian Hoagies in all of Manhattan. With that being said I have had both the Homefront deli’s and the Park Italian Deli and they will both suffice. If you go to Park Italian Deli you are better off going for the parm (meatball, chicken or eggplant) or the chicken bruschetta with mozzarella and extra balsamic. There is also the Italian Deli on 45th between 3rd and lex, their “Italian Combo” is on par with the other two.

  • I know i will get attacked for this….but…..Lenny’s has a great Italian hoagie. The Italian Combo. I know, CRAZY!!!!! But its really actually good. never been to homefront, will try it out. park Italian does a pretty decent hoagie.

    I know a girl for you too. She used to date a magician and she is a major foodie. You two might hit it off.

  • I love your blog! Grrreat idea with the peach mac n cheese.

    As for your questions, sorry!

  • Heather Mills-Mcartney is newly single.

  • For good reason Rudy. I am a certified Beatle-hater and chartered member of the 2-Down-2-To-Go Club but even Sir Paul did not deserve that vile wench.

    Does Alidoro downtown count for an an awesome Italian gut-buster?

  • Josh…. Just Love the Josh; we met him at our Bloggers dinner at Park Avenue Bistro
    In-between courses he did magic Very talented and very funny. We all enjoyed his company

  • Reminds me of Gob a little bit there… “A magician never reveals … I sunk it. At least I think I sunk it. I mean, I blew it up and I don’t see it anywhere.”

    Best Italian Hoagie – Sal, Chris & Charlie’s in Astoria

  • ZOMG!!!11!1 It’s that dude from Arrested Development! Do you really hit up the midtown lunch spots on your Segway?????

  • Dammit, Margot. great minds think alike–mine’s just a bit slower or more easily distracted. :^(

  • I’m with Margot and StevenP on this one – “Josh” will forevermore be known as Gob Bluth.

  • Is he part of the magician’s alliance?

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