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


  • Seriously, I do not get what is douchey about this guy. It’s a great profile, he has good taste, not vegan, obviously FREAKING HOT

    I think the guys are just jealous.

  • As a dude, I can say that Ranjan’s profile rates very low on the doucheness scale.

    He seems pretty normal and he admits that his shorts are douchebag material… what else do you want from him?

  • I can’t believe I’m about to do this but… in defense of the Midtown Lunch commenters (who have been known to get pretty nasty) I think a lot of the negative comments on this post came from people who are friends/wo-workers with Ranjan, and not regular readers of ML. Most of the regulars had nice things to say (especially the ladies!)

  • i apologize to the readers for adding this controversy/fluff to the site. i suspect the original comments were readers, up to about the crazy-Chuck dude post, and then some people around me took some creative liberties. i definitely appreciate the Mamacita’s of the world, along with the suggestions for bars. i look forward to keeping up with all of Zach’s work here (and luckily its too cold out to wear the infamously ridiculous plaid shorts!)

  • Ladies: Hate to burst your bubble, but today’s “emerging markets trader” is tomorrow’s waiter at your favorite midrange restaurant.


    just another jealous ML reader

  • He can wait on me anytime ;-)

  • Mamacita:

    I am glad you have traded in your usual hate for love. Its always better in the end.

  • My dearest RB:

    Your foray into the world of private investigation has, sadly, fallen short. It is innacurate and dated as well as laughable and pathetic.

    A chimpanzee with an internet connection could have found more current and factual data on me. I leave many trails.

    I suggest you read my MySpace page or subscibe to my blog, if you are indeed devoting such a large portion of your day to stalking me.


    Chuck, PhD

    And a side note to RanJan: My offer still stands. The chest hair is decidedly offputting.

  • I’m not a hater, that’s the boys. I just crack the occasional cruel joke heh heh

  • I was going to say–Ranjan seems like a nice enough guy (esp. with the Shorty’s broccoli rabe love), but, ladies, an emerging markets trader at BoA? Be prepared to be the one buying lunch all year this year. And next. As long as you’re cool with that, then chow down!

  • It’s true, purely from DocChuck’s point of view. The little boys he favors sexually lack chest hair entirely, so when he says chest hair is “offputting” he is telling the truth, from his deranged point of view.

  • I am completely okay with buying Ranjan lunch and drinks, just as long as he keeps me informed on emerging markets.

  • I’ve been frequenting The Australian lately for Happy Hour. It’s on 38th b/t 5th & 6th. Good happy hour specials and bartenders with fantastic accents!

  • A two hour lunch with Ranjan and a nap afterward? Sounds delicious.

  • anyone have any nudies of this hunk

  • @ Ranjan – As you can see, you’ve been trolled by Doc Chuck – a legend in his own mind. He has spent the better part of five years impersonating me online, in a lame attempt to damage my culinary reputation. Most people can see through his crap so his efforts have never been very successful. (As you can see in the above list of aliases, he sometimes joins websites as “chiff0nade” because he can’t get “chiffonade.”)

    Chuck is a horrific racist. He has e-mailed blog owners and used ethnic slurs I would not dignify by repeating here. I’m sure the catalyst of his attack on you is your ethnicity. As for me, being Italian, he refers to me as a “dago.”

    @ Zach – I know to read the babbling of this lunatic sounds like it could ONLY be a prank between friends, I’m here to assure you it’s not. I have over 800 e-mails saved in relation to the ongoing trolling of this nut.

    If you google around a bit you will find where Treuter was arrested, convicted, and served jail time due to his harassment of employees at the Baxter Bulletin, a newspaper published in his “former” town. He got run out of town on a rail and now pollutes Maryland.


  • You should check out BXL, I work at Bryant Park too and it has been our go to after work bar for years. They have an amazing selection of Belgian beers and excellent mouelles frites. For something a little more posh, you can’t go wrong w/ the Bryant Park Hotel.

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