PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Broke Ass Stuart” (Plus Book Giveaway)

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 another author and book giveaway… meet ”Broke Ass Stuart” whose new book “Guide to Living Cheaply in New York City” was released last week. He doesn’t work in Midtown, but the purpose of his guide is clearly something we’re all interested in. He’s also having an open-to-the-public book release party at The Delancey on Thursday night, featuring free beer and free food from a bunch of places, including Midtown Lunch favorite Kati Roll. But more on that below… first, his picks for best lunch in Midtown.

Name: Stuart

Age: Two weeks away from being 28

Occupation: Travel Writer (

Where do you Work?: Wherever there are broke-asses I’ll be there.

Favorite Kind of Food: Ooh, that’s tough. I love food from around the world. The idea of only being able to eat one kind of food for the rest of my life sound like torture to me. For example, I love steak, pizza, and pasta, but when I was down in Argentina, I actually got sick of all those things because there was very little else to eat. In an ideal world I’d have a burrito from San Diego, Vietnamese food from SF, pastrami from Katz’s Deli, pizza from Brooklyn, and a Garbage Plate from Rochester all in the same week. Unfortunately I would probably have a heart attack that week too.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Raw onions. Fuck raw onions.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: I really dig Taam-Tov (on 47th btw. 5+6th). It’s this really cool little Glatt Kosher Uzbek that serves up delicious meals. I get something new every time. I don’t know what half the shit is, so I just look at what the people around me are having, point to it and say I’ll take that. I usually works out pretty well. Hallo Berlin is pretty cool too…mmmm…sausages…

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? I don’t really have one because my job is to try to get a piece of as many places as possible. But if I was to have a goto spot it would probably be Minar Indian Restaurant (on 46th btw. 6+7th). You can get an awesome dosa and a coke for like $6!!

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? My ideal city is where I’m currently living, San Francisco. It has amazing cheap food, tons of culture, and far less stress than New York. Sure I miss the pizza, bagels and beautiful beautiful pastrami that this city has, but still SF is home. In a perfect world, I’d be based in SF, spend a few months of the year in NY (spring or fall) and spend a few months traveling the world. Let’s keep our fingers crossed about that one :)

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? What is your cheapest go-to lunch in Midtown?

Alright, so here is where the book giveaway comes in. Post your answer to Stuart’s question in the comments below and you’ll be entered to win a copy of his new book “Broke Ass Stuart’s Guide to Living Cheaply in New York.” Also, if you’re interested in getting free beer and food at his party on Thursday night, here are the details: Thursday, December 4th at 8pm at The Delancey (168 Delancey Street, LES), and there will be free food from The Kati Roll Company, Kossar’s Bialys, The Doughnut Plant, Aprovecho, Sumile Sushi, and Tuck Shop. 2 for 1 well drinks from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., and free beer from 10:30-11:30 p.m. (or while supplies last) provided by Sixpoint Brewery. $1 cover charge to get in.

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


  • Piece of Chicken! Hands down!!
    (Who won last weeks giveaway??)

  • $1 Pizza. C’mon.

  • can we go slightly out of bounds? piece of chicken for a buck?

  • greek salad w/ grilled chicken, feta, and grape leavesfrom food cart on 55 b/t park and mad

  • $5

  • More hot chicks (book giveways be damned)!

  • My favorite place is someplace we call cheap Chinese. I dunno if it really has a name or I just can’t read it. It’s on 36th st between 8th and 9th, closer to the 8th ave side. you get a tin full of rice and any 3 sides from the steam table, includes beef and chicken. costs only $3.50 (I haven’t been in a while, hopefully the price is the same). $3.50 for enough food to fill you up. Just gotta get there early for the biggest selection.

  • Mee Noodle Shop seafood soup with thin Cantonese noodles on 2nd and 49th.

  • Amendment to my last post, while it’s technically out of bounds, it’s really only a couple of doors off of 8th ave, so it’s really just on the cusp of the zone. But isn’t it worth an extra 20 feet of walking to get a good deal?

  • Best Cheap Eat: Street Meat Guy on 40th and Broadway. $4 Lamb / Chicken over Rice

  • Famous Halal Cart lamb and chicken combo. $5 for a lot of very filling and un-nutritious food. And the new one on 53rd and 7th never has a line.

  • Ultimate cheap ass lunch: Rudy’s $5 pitcher and free hot dogs!!

  • 5 dolla-5 combo lunchbox buffet on 34th. seriously the most food you can get for 5 dollars. (incl. tax) (Chinese food)

  • 53rd & 6th Lamb Over rice = $5.00 … for what feels like a couple of pounds of food. If this tin was weighed in at any deli, it’d easily be at LEAST 12 bucks.

  • @Wined and Dined…I thought I was the only one who got that “off the menu” greek salad with chicken from the 55th St btwn Park and Madison cart. But he charges me $6! What an outrage.

  • Looks like Popeye Doyle has had sex With Vince Vaughn.

  • That said, Kar Won on 60th btwn Park and Lex has HUGE Chinese roast meat combo plates and noodle soups for 6 bucks. Guaranteed bloated/sleepy afternoon on a plate (my idea of a good lunch).

  • pepper steak sammich from JT Luncheonette for 3.75

  • I like this guy, but is no else disturbed that he lives in SF and wrote a book called “Guide to Living Cheaply in New York City”?

  • shendy’s on 52nd & 6th. $5 for a LOT of food

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