PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Ranjan”

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 Ranjan an ‘Emerging Markets Trader’ with a taste for the spicy food.

Name: Ranjan

Age: 28

Occupation: Emerging Markets Trader

Where in Midtown do you Work?: Bank of America, right on Bryant Park

Favorite Kind of Food: All types of asian food, spicy foods, and fried chicken (I heard a rumor that Bojangles is finally coming to town!).

Least Favorite Kind of Food: A boring pasta with red sauce

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: A secret i will reveal for spicy food lovers: at Dunhill Cafe (on 45th btw. B’way+6th) they have a prepared cajun chicken… throw it in a whole wheat wrap with lettuce and onions and enjoy; the Spicy Bulgogi with rice dish at Cafe Duke on 51st street (the one near Bryant Park sucks); the Roast Pork Special (broccoli rabe and roasted pork) from Tony Lukes/Shorty’s on 9th Ave. btw. 41+42nd, and be sure to get a side of their Parmesan Fries. The Kra Prow lunch special at Seeda Thai on 50th and 8th; and the best bacon, egg, and cheese is from D&S Marketplace on 56th and 5th.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? The Cajun Wrap from Dunhill, Kati Roll (on 39th btw. 5+6th), and ‘wichcraft

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? On the quest for the perfect spice your site brought to me Szechuan Gourmet (on 39th btw. 5+6th), and it certainly lived up to the billing. You also introduced us to the Biryani Cart (on 46th and 6th) which has spurred the great “Store on 39th vs. Cart” debate.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Barcelona – while not totally consistent with my tastes listed above, it had the best selection of food out of spanish cities i’ve been to, and more importantly, the idea of taking two hour lunches and a nap afterwards is something i’ve only dreamed of.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? After getting a pretty good handle on the lunch situation around here, i’m now looking for a good afterwork bar around Bryant Park. anyone have suggestions?

I got nothing as far as bars go… so I’ll leave that one up to the commenters.  As for the Bojangles rumor, anybody who loves spicy fried chicken should be happy to hear that information.  With Popeye’s on 40th being our only truly great option at this point in time, a Bojangles in Midtown would be welcome addition.  I’ll look into it and see what I can find out.

Got a suggestion for Ranjan? Put it in the comments. 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


  • What happened to your moustache? It was coming in so nicely….

  • yeah I think he’s cute too! And he brought me a glass of wine! Thanks, hon!

  • Hi Ranjan ;-)
    So you like it spicy eh baby?

    And all you haters! Doesn’t matter what clothes he wears, they’ll all look fine on the bedroom floor. (Oh dear, did I say that. For shame)

  • Jkarlin and I think alike! LOL

  • Go to Windfall on 39th; ask if the bartender’s name is Mike Powers; if yes, order a Manhattan; if no, find out when he’s tending and go back then for the same.

  • sshhh! Ranjan… you’re ruining the magic… just post a second picture please.

  • Who could’ve predicted this would happen?

    “[stupid comment about his shorts (pants?)]”

    “[various sexual innuendo]“

  • Hi Ranjan,

    That was a very well put together comeback against the resident ML nutcase DocChuck. His criticisms of others, sometimes racist against Asians, are relentless and scattered across many food and travel blogs.

    As several other ML commenters have noted DocChuck is a convicted harasser named Charles Treuter (wife Elizabeth) and he continues posting to blogs in a schizophrenic manner, using multiple male and female handles.

    This guy takes the concept of “too much time on my hands” to an entirely new level.

    He doesn’t deserve to be taken seriously however he does add some wit and humor to the comments on occasion.

    Here are some of DocChuck’s multiple personality handles to watch out for:

    Big Bear
    Roger Morgan
    David Liske
    Janelle House

    Some of these handles are ripoffs of the names of the legal officials who charged and convicted him. Treuter will often consume the entire thread using these handles and have multiple conversations going on.



  • I have been looking for an emerging markets trader, preferably one easy on the eyes. Between the Treats Truck chocolate-covered day announcement, to the $150 meat tray contest, and now tall, dark, and handsome Ranjan, you have made this the best Tuesday ever, Zach. The gods will bless you. I will be trying out this Windfall place with a bartender that can make a good Manhattan

  • There is a Bojangle’s in Queens. I went there once and it was quite the magical experience, even though it was very hard to find and not a proper Bojangles restaurant. But they still did give me chicken on a biscuit.

  • I don’t go out often after work, so I don’t know the scene at this place, but the Perfect Pint on 45th between 6th and Bdwy. has really great staff, good food, and 30 beers on tap. Everyone I know who goes there really enjoys it.

  • Recommend St Andrews on 120 W 44. The only Scottish Bar in NY, with excellent Belhaven on tap.

    Give the man props for having a Baby Q for god sakes – the best portable grill in the universe. Propane powered pleasure and you can take it to the beach.

    Oh, and CockChug – you suck.

  • Ranjan, you’ve done it: a satisfying response to the resident psycho and yet, you still took the higher ground while doing so. Love when the weekly bait thrown into the shark tank bites back!

  • Zach — PLEASE remove all of the unnecessary/harrassing/useless comments here. It makes reading this blog very painful and unbearable. Thank you to all who have something constructive to say, but I truly cannot stand having to sift through all of the surplusage.

  • Painful? Unbearable?

    Walk a mile in my shoes, you mommy-coddled douchebag

  • This guy reaks of douchebag contents!

  • You mean reeks, but you’re right.

  • My office building is adjacent to Dunhill, so I wind up eating there at least once a week. From their pre-prepared sanwiches, I would recommend the roast beef sammich, which has cheddar and onions and Russian dressing to go along with it. I get mine heated up usually. Other good stuff include their BBQ chicken paninis when they’re around and the soups are actually somewhat tasty for deli soups.

    I am not a shill, I promise. But isn’t that what a shill would say? God damn it, I can’t win!

  • i figured ranjan was pulling a funny with the wine glass meets bbq and i like that. also a lot of women love chest hair – there’s nothing creepier than getting down with a shaved chest and i don’t get how one can attack someone for not being manly enough AND suggesting hair removal in the same breath. but to be more relevant – this recommendation sounds fantastic:
    the Roast Pork Special (broccoli rabe and roasted pork) from Tony Lukes/Shorty’s on 9th Ave. btw. 41+42nd, and be sure to get a side of their Parmesan Fries

    unfortunately out of my range though.

  • What’s interesting is that the dudes that guys call a douche are usually the dudes that the girls think are cute…maybe these “douches” are onto something…

    I must say, some good new recos in this profile, especially the Roast Pork Special.

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