PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Paul”

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 Paul, a die hard Mets fan from Queens who has been waiting over a year for his Profile to finally see the light of day.

Name: Paul


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Where in Midtown do you Work?:
56th & Park at Janklow & Nesbit (feel free to snail mail me if you happen to be a brilliant writer with a polished manuscript)

Favorite Kind of Food: Y’know, the four food groups: pizza, Chinese, Mexican, and breakfast.

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
I’m not down with hating on vegetables cause they are wonderful things, but the overdressed Midtown salad is disgusting. And since when did salad need to be “chop’t”? And what the hell’s happened to the normal NY slice in the past 15 years? I feel like I have to go to gourmet pizza parlors to get something edible- consarnit.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown:
My original response was the Azuri Café on 51st, but then it popped up on in another profile, so my tip for your Midtown West folks is a burger place named Vizio. They featured Angus beef, which is incredible (and maybe unbelievable but that’s for someone else to discuss) for $5.50 burger, even if fries aren’t included. It puts goodburger, betterburger, bestburger, homeburger et al to shame. In my heart of hearts, I’m a street food man and I try to hit the Dragon on 62 & Mad and the Indian cart on Park & 53rd often.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Lightbites, 55th btw. Park & Lex (prototypical and awful representation of quick salads/sandwiches for people ‘on the go’ in Midtown)

Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Indian fast food carts on 53rd+Park and the 1.25 pizza at Naples 45 (although the price is up!). The after work, Naples 45 slice might be a tad stale, just so your readers know, but they’ll reheat if it’s not packed. Recently tried the Pampano Taqueria and Sophie’s Cuban , both of which were terrific. I’ve pretty much planned my life around this website for the past year and a half.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? My roommate and I once talked about getting into the cart game so lunch would follow work around; however, I’m leaning towards Brighton Beach/Coney Island. They have a wonderful talent of stuffing meat inside of dough and then frying it…or Napa.

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


  • Paul’s nice smile made me momentarily forget the pain I am experiencing as a Mets fan right now. Thank you Paul. :)

  • Methinks the Rudy McBagel profile would warrant the Full Monty. Maybe with a strategically placed plate of pickled herring.

  • I always knew you were a piece of man-candy, dude

  • You should try the burger at Blarney Stone on 3rd near 44th. The place is incredibly cheap and dive-y, and they serve one of the best burgers in manhattan (cheaper than 5.50 even).

  • Panda, my friend who used to work at a law firm right there asked me never to tell anyone about that restaurant. Shhh…I guess it doesn’t matter since he just moved to a job on the west side.

  • one word for this profile:

  • Ben, you’ve been a pillar of support through these tumultuous midtown days.

  • Sandra, for real. I was astounded by the fan fare and subsequent ‘steady as she goes’ press conference.

  • paul! you’re internet famous now! wow…I am so jealous.

  • How disgusting! What about my kitchen?

  • Paul – I think you look great in that photo – you look so happy! Who cares how it came about – glad to see it there.

    Now we have to get you ready to try New York’s East side. A lot of my of favs are gone… but the good ones still remain… Don’t forget about Thai and Vietnamese restaurants too. I’ve never been much into Mexican – but oh, I do miss good Chinese.

    Hey, and what happened to Italian. You know, there is more to Italian then just a a pizza…

    Sorry it took me so long to find this — wow, last entry was your mom back in May…. and she is right – her cooking is good!

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