PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Matt”

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 Matt a guy who has *shocker* never tried Thai food? I don’t even know what to make of that…

Name: Matt

Age: 27

Occupation: Television

Where in Midtown do you Work?: NBC

Favorite Kind of Food: I love Pizza, Italian, and Burgers but I try to eat healthy so I go to a lot of health food places now.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Thai. I’ve never actually had any. When I was in camp, one of the directors got food poisoning a few days before his wedding after eating Thai food. I remember telling everyone “who eats Thai food before their wedding? Isn’t that risky?” To this day I haven’t had it.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: I love Jianetto’s pizza truck (on 47th btw. Park+Mad), I love the fancy sandwiches at Dishes, I like Chopt’s salads, Café Duke (on 51st btw. 6+7th) has good whole wheat pizza’s but they fill me up too much.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Variety Café (on 48th btw. 5+6th). They really have everything. The salad is a good deal with lots of toppings, they have whole wheat pasta, and they even have a wok in the back

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? A lot. I’ve been to Madeline the crepe lady (on 49th btw. 7+8th) which I enjoyed even though she told me “I was killing her” when I didn’t tell her till later it was a to go order. The famous halal cart (on 53rd & 6th) I enjoy at night. I’m going to try Cafe Edison (on 47th btw. B’way+8th) in the future.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Italy. I went there in college and the food is just off the charts unbelievable.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? In these cold months, I have found my favorite smoothie cart (49th and 6th) has disappeared and my back up (I think 51st and 6th) has disappeared as well. Anyone know of any smoothie carts? I prefer them to places like Jamba juice cause they just use fruit and ice which I love.

As hard as it may be for some of you to stick to the question posed… let’s try today. Got an answer for Matt? 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


  • Roll on the Bar Evue…..the profile issss sooooo “Look at me, ive got a job ,2006″

  • @ Boo – To answer your first question… yes. Yes I was.

  • Profile Stevenp and Wayne!

  • Wow – I am stunned by the onslaught today.
    I will offer this to all those who are stunned by the no Thai policy. If you send me the best Thai place near Rock center, I will go there for lunch, try it, and document it for this site.

  • Save us the review. “Italy has good food!” Uhh, yeah.

    Ralph Wiggum has more insight: “My cat’s breath smells like cat food.”

  • Dude, you like some crappy food. Jiannetto’s does not deserve money for their stuff. Great idea, shitty execution.

  • Mamacita…you mean the Bert & Ernie of MTL?

  • Mamacita: only if you join us for the group…. photo.

  • @ Matt – Let’s do it! I would say Topaz, but as another commenter pointed out earlier today they just got over 100 points on their last health inspection. It would probably be cruel to send you there.

    I guess there is Pongsri. Although you’d probably have to go to 9th Ave. to get a taste of the really good stuff…

  • Mamacita = Cookie Monster

    Rudy = Oscar the Grouch

    Zach = Human Authority Figure

    DocChuck = Guy in raincoat with hand down pants

  • he may not like thai, but at least he’s sexy… look at him drinking out of that girthy straw

  • I think this is worth a trip to Wondee Siam and at least a couple of interesting dishes should be sampled (no fried rice or crispy spring rolls and call it a day)

  • Well to be quite honest, I believe that those freakin’ delis are the cancer killing today’s, GOOD, food selection in NYC. I know that a lot of people like go to them, but I can’t help, but wonder if it’s b/c they, truly, have no sort of taste buds or grew up on really bad food in their lives.

    It’s different when you work in an area where it’s a food desert, but this Midtown Lunch’r doesn’t. They work right in the middle of Rockefeller Center. I’m below Times Square and still manage to get myself up there. I mean…this is a foodie site. Your profile is the equivalent of posting on Star Wars site that you’ve only watched the last 3 that came out and refuse to watch the first 3 b/c you heard that they suck? What kind of response did you think that you were going to get?

    As for good Thai spots, I do recommend Pam’s Real Thai. It’s not in Rockefeller, but it there is one on 49th and 9th. That’s some really good Thai food.

  • I’ll never forget our camp director’s bout of diarrhea in 1991 – it changed all of our lives forever and will live in infamy as a stain on the nation of Thailand. Long live Matt and his zest for life and not very exciting food.

  • I think that Matt’s choices are applaudable.

    I have personally seen the wok at Variety Cafe and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Judging by Matt’s choices, he seems like the kind of person who would get sick from Thai food…I think its admirable that he chooses to stay away from such things.

  • Matt, gird up thy loins and venture over to Pongsri (48th Street between B’way and 8th), and try the Red Curry (with whatever meat strikes your fancy). Their curries are relatively mild (especially the Red), and lean on the sweet side compared to the glorious fire of Wondee Siam, et al. You can handle it. Be strong.

  • Camp Friend – stain was a poor choice of word.

  • Also, my suspicion is that your camp counselor was detoxing from a heroin-fueled bachelor party, and blamed it on the Thai food to save face.

  • Hey guys, give matt a break!! Sometimes food smells like such ass (like for me, indian food) you don’t want to go anywhere near it b/c your body is already rejecting it! For example, if I can’t stand being on the same side of the street that houses an Indian restaurant (as the smells these establishments emit regularly invoke bouts of nausea and open dry heaving), why would I need to actually walk into a restaurant, purchase some food, and put it in my mouth to confirm the fact that I feel sick just smelling it from 100 yds away??? Put it this way, if someone asks you to ingest a bag of poop, do you need to ingest it to know it is vile??? Not that I’m calling Indian food or Thai food poop food—b/c I like most Thai food, but I totally get where Matt is coming from in ruling out a cuisine….And for the record, I have tried several Indian foods accidentally, and the results have been—NOT pretty…

  • I think I’m more like the grouchy old men on the balcony, Wayne.

    Matt, thanks for being profiled! It’s all in good fun. Please report back on your first taste of Thai, you can redeem yourself young man!

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