PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Jeremy”

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 Jeremy, who you my remember as the author of the Midtown Lunch guide to turning free samples into a lunchtime tasting menu.  I guess they’re paying him more at work because his profile is filled with stuff that actually requires money.

Name: Jeremy


Publicist/Private Chef

Where in Midtown do you Work?:
44th Street bet. 5+6th Avenues

Favorite Kind of Food:
Recently it’s barbequed cuttlefish and Malaysian food, both introduced to me by my friend Mark who makes some of the craziest pizzas in New York. But I love all kinds of pork, hanger steak, and oysters! In college I set up a raw bar outside of the library during finals. Nobody got sick but I cut my hand pretty badly with a Swiss Army knife.

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
Chicken feet are disgusting. I’ve never had memorable Indian food. If you can convince me otherwise, lunch is on me.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown:
Soon Doo Boo Jjigae (Tofu Seafood Stew) at Ambrosia (45th btw. 5+6th), Mountain Vegetable Udon at Yagura (41st btw. Mad+5th). And I’m still eating my supervisor’s hard-boiled eggs.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Dishes (45th btw. Mad+5th), which I don’t understand, because everything there is wet. I probably eat at FreeFoods (45th btw. 5+6th) way too often because it’s right outside the door and I dig the lobster soup.

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Zaiya and its neighbors were an epiphany for me, but I can only eat sushi alone at my desk for so long. Can Midtown Lunch provide friends to eat with? Just kidding.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Cote de Beaune (Burgundy), France. I know it’s a little pretentious, but if it means snails and pinot noir for lunch, so be it.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? I guess I have a few questions. Let’s start with this: That Indian place on 45th between 5th and 6th. I go in about once a week looking for soup and they always tell me there’s no soup. Unbelievable. Why? Can you eat a 1kg burger? I think I can but nobody will take me up on the challenge. And finally, has anybody ever eaten at the Indian place on 44th bet. 5th and 6th? I think it’s called Jewel of India and it recently got shut down by the health department for being “uninspired.”

I’m guessing that the place on 45th you’re talking about is Sukhadia? For a guy who claims to not like Indian food, you kind of seem obsessed with the two places near your office. If you want the best Indian food in Manhattan, try the Khodiar Food Services steam table in the former newsstand on 6th Ave. btw. 37+38th. It’s vegetarian, but it’s the best I’ve had. And I have to say, I wish there were some good chicken feet in Midtown. As for the burger, how big is one kg? The largest burger I’ve eaten in Midtown is after the jump… 

Cross-Section of a Cheeseburger @ the Blarney Stone, Midtown NYC

A burger from the Blarney Stone (on 3rd Ave. btw. 44+45th.) Not a great pic, but you can trust me when I say it’s pretty damn big. Bun to meat ratio is a little off, but for under $5 I’m not complaining. I’ve said it before, but it’s always worth revisiting: when you take into account price, this may be my favorite burger in Midtown (although Five Guys is quickly closing in.)

And as always, if you want to be the next Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er (can’t imagine why though, with this crew), or you’d like to nominate somebody in your office (a much better idea, right?) email me at


  • Jeebus… I try to do something nice for the ladies on the site, and this is the thanks I get. (Though Mamacita, your comment was pretty damn funny)

  • You will, sadly, never be confused with Ron Jeremy.

  • 1kg is about what he must weigh soaking wet with Pinot. Tell my Panamanian grandparents that chicken feet are disgusting..

  • DocChuck will never be confused with any male porn star – unless there is a market I am not aware of for male “performers” whose reproductive development approximates that of a kindergartener, if such things interest you.

  • Jeez, I get called for jury duty and y’all fall into the gutter anyway. Even CockChug got in a porno zinger. Zach, don’t blame me for being the bad influence around here. It’s the WOMEN, dammit….

  • Guh! sorry! There’s a week long internet outage at my work, I’m here to say smarmy things about that young boy who likes free food and is mildly pretentious– that’s my favorite kind of boy. (well aside from certain charmingly rude foreigners… and on that tip, dudley moore? I think he looks like a young roman polanski… but with a little less statutory rape in him) Baby I’ll… something… hmmm. Really? You don’t like Indian food? I mean have you had a Kati roll? I think that’s what quite a few of us got out of ML… that and the friendship, of course… and the hours wasted away in my cubicle criticizing others and wishing I were eating food I can’t afford and/or that I were already drunk. sigh. cube life really sucks with no internet access, people. plus I went to cafe metro for lunch today bc I didn’t know what to do and Zach won’t post my question about bagels… sigh… pray for me.

  • As an American born and raised in nyc….I sincerely miss measuring food in lbs and oz. I have gotten used to the metric system and think its crap..Anyways if anyone wants to mail me some frozen pizza from Difarras, I owe you dinner or “midtown lunch” when i get back in the States…

  • My father always said in matters of taste there is no dispute (he quoted the original latin phrase – yes, my dad was “that” guy), but how can you not like chicken’s feet? Best part of dim sum.

  • This kid sounds like a douche.

  • Wow Sarah, that was some stream of consciousness. Just step back from the Metro and no one gets hurt!!

  • The only way to have been more pretentious was if he popped his collar in the photo… Speaking of which, it can’t be the slightest bit comfortable to button that top button.

  • I understood Rudy’s comment.

  • I feel all fooled-upon… the guy that writes about free lunches in midtown actually eats Freefood, not “free food” and not only once in a while, but “way too often”, i.e., the most expensive smoothie/salad/sandwich deli of all time.

    and like, not only did he write about free food (that’s fine), but he was totally positioning himself as poor, and got all these sympathetic comments. that’s just not earnest enough for me.

  • cant trust a guy with Clay Aiken hair.

  • i didn’t use “i.e.” very well.

  • Sarah,nooooooooooo

    Dudley has vacated the empty chair….making Jeremy/Roman ….Peter Cook!

  • I look foward to these profiles…but this one was a major dud. :)

  • AND THE JUDGES SCORES: 0.1 from the British Judge; 0.15 from the Latin American Judge; and a 10 from the Blowup doll…

  • Perhaps he writes about free foods because by the end of the week, he has no money. My goodness, he eats at FreeFoods “way too often” . I say that’s just poor money management.

  • I didn’t really find him pretentious. I think most of the readers here just happen to be very down to earth but he’s probably more on par with that of an Eater reader or most people in the food industry in general. Also the photo of him is a cool photo as opposed to a blurry snapshot. Why all the hate people? Maybe I’m missing something.

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