PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Lou”

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 Lou- an XPL convert who is scared of Indian food and Mongolian BBQ.

Name: Lou



Where in Midtown do you Work?:
42nd & Lex.

Favorite Kind of Food:
Waffles and Gyros… I love them, and I’ll try any suggestion that gets a good review. 53rd and 6th cart is timeless… but XPL (on 48th & Park) has found a new place in my heart. Wafels and Dinges is truly amazing… I wish I worked close enough to get them for breakfast! Seeing as I’m Puerto Rican, I love my roast pork… especially the Cuban sandwiches. But I haven’t gotten around to trying Cafe Cello (46th btw. 5+6th)… have been to Margon (on 46th btw. 6+7th) and their Morir Sonando is great! On a side note… I don’t know how many of you love your bacon, egg, and cheeses, I know I do… but Stella Deli over on 3rd Avenue between 43rd and 44th sells $2 bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches on rolls and bagels. Granted, it can be light on the bacon and heavy on the carbs, but seeing as most places charge at least $3, I thought I HAD to mention this place.

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
Falafel Sandwiches… I’ve tried a few highly recommended places from this website, and I just don’t see the fuss. Although I did kind of enjoy the Mexican falafel sandwich from Crisp… it’s just too expensive. I just don’t like the strong flavors in these things, but I do love the laffa… Sandwiches can seem so generic at times, and unfortunately I haven’t tried Milant and it’s been closed…

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown:
I enjoy the atmosphere at Taki Sushi (on 48th btw. 5+6th)… service time can sometimes be a little long, but it’s a pretty comfy spot with good prices… 53rd and 6th is always a pleasure… I’ll just sit on the ledge right next to it and enjoy my food fresh. I don’t usually eat AT the places suggested by this site. Rather I get my food and go… but 90% of the places on this site I have re-visited… so hell you can say that a lot of the places I’ve been to are equally as good in my stomach! (Not sure what that means, but whatever. -zach)

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? I go to Del Monico Deli (on Park btw. 41+42nd) way too much. I don’t know, I feel like their buffet seems pretty high quality… but yea, I definitely go there way too often for my liking… And it’s always packed so I don’t even really like it when I eat there…

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Well, XPL certainly was a huge find that I credit this site for… same goes for Margon… ummm, Wafels and Dinges… jeez, to be honest, I get on this site every freakin day and check out the index and try to venture out anywhere cause 1) it can be good exercise walking to these places, and 2) I love reading about food, cooking food, eating food and apparently, as evidenced by this profile, writing about it! But seriously… aside from the generic buffet/delis that seem to have all the same food, and fast food spots, every place I’ve had lunch I credit this blog for luring me there…

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? If I could work anywhere, I’d have to say Los Angeles… I don’t know why, but from all the comments I’ve seen about the seriously authentic Mexican carts and shacks, this place seems intriguing…

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? I have a two questions so I hope everyone can deal with that! Indian food scares me most, so if someone can help clearly explain what some of the meat dishes are, I’d probably try it more often. And my second question has to do with this place called Food World… It is a huge buffet place that I noticed has a Mongolian buffet where you choose what you want, bring it to the cook and they make it in front of you. Something about raw meat sitting on a buffet in Midtown waiting to be cooked scares me… has anyone ventured into this place… I can’t remember where it is exactly…

Oh Lou. All your questions are answered- after the jump…

Let’s talk about Indian food first.  Nothing to be scared of Lou.  I’d recommend going to a buffet (like Spice Fusion on 8th Ave. btw. 47+48th)  Pay your $11 and just try little bits of everything.  Chicken tikka masala is a good gateway curry (literally, it was invented in England as a more mild, creamy option for the British palate.)  Good luck and godspeed.

Chicken & Beef from the Mongolian BBQ @ Food World, Midtown NYC

As for Mongolian BBQ, you should be less afraid of that than normal by the pound buffets, which you just pick up and eat.  At least at a Mongolian BBQ they cook the hell out of the food between the time it sits in the tray, and when you eat it.  Personally, I have a love hate relationship with the stuff.  I love the variety, and the fresh cooked aspect, but hate the pay by the pound part- which is a deal breaker for fat guys everywhere.  You never know how much it’s going to be, and it’s always either more money than you wanted to spend, or not enough food.  That being said, I have eaten at Food World, and lived to tell about it.

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


  • I hope you shared a spliff with the rooster afterwards.

    My former is Dominican, lived in Washington Heights, surprisingly. The building’s super lived on the first floor and kept chickens INSIDE his apartment.

    But that’s Dominican, not Boricuan…

  • The ethnic comments/jokes on this site make me very disappointed. I give Lou a lot of credit for taking the time to post his profile and for being a good sport. But you are all disgusting. I hope Zach bans every last one of you.

  • Lou – I stopped by Stella’s Deli this morning to get your $2 bacon egg n’ cheez.
    The bacon was repellant. Pure white strips of fat, with a tiny sliver of meat here and there. I honestly have never seen such disgusting bacon offered at a breakfast place.
    I may try an egg and cheese on a bagel there. They look like they have pretty low prices. And they can’t screw up an egg and cheese, right?

  • Hey, I warned all about the bacon, but for that price, you kind of HAVE to try it… yea a egg and cheese on a bagel seems easy enough. Sorry for your experience though…

  • Lou, I accept your apology.

  • Steve, I agree with you. I am certainly ashamed of all the commenters on this site. They are a motley crew of foul mouthed, gluttonous and offensive pigs.

    Have you met Cock Chug? He might excite you.

  • Props indeed to Lou for being a good sport and Zach for his legendary tolerance

    Steve on the other hand sounds like he woke up on the wrong side of the bed

    next to his disenfranchised handicapped gay vegan eskimo lover

  • I agree, too, Steve (even though you are clearly a total douchetool).

    Lou rules. Aren’t you impressed a stupid, racist cracker like me even knows the word “Boricuan?”

  • Lou is the King of Puerto Rican Accountants.

  • Steve is what happens when Angela and Mr Peter Lusk are allowed to have children.

    And when i see Lou on the Subway …….. i still think of Borat.

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