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


  • Goats, we are going to need to break up. My love for Indian food would doom our relationship.

  • @Goats

    The difference btwn you two, is that you have at least had a personal experience with the food, as opposed to this dude who hasn’t had one at all. He’s just basing it off someone else’s experience as he CLEARLY stated.

    Learn how to read before you come in here with your two cents.

    Also, I’m convinced that Goats & Megster are trolls.

  • You Mean Waldorf & Stadler ,Mama?….. thats what i call my Love orbs…IE: they’re wrinkly with whispy hair and the stuff that comes out of them can horrify.

  • If I agree to watch the next episode of Heroes, will you send me 50 bucks?

  • if you’re gonna send a guy who’s fearful of getting sick from his first thai experience, curry is probably not the way to go…
    perhaps something more simple like pad thai or drunken noodles.

  • wayne: so which one of us is Bert?

  • Rudy, Statler & Waldorf were also parsimonious, dysfunctional and prone to napping on the job

  • As a fellow Matt, I am appalled at this Matt’s cowardice in the face of Thai food and hereby excommunicate him from the community of Matts. He will henceforth be referred to simply as “that wuss who never tried Thai food”.

    My least favorite food that I’ve never tried is feces. Or coal. Worst answer to a midtown lunch questionairre ever.

    Seriously, the least favorite thing I’ve ever eaten is durian candy. So at least I’m trying.

  • Zach

    I am sorely disappointed that you have chosen to showcase a “man” who eats whole wheat pasta and salads for lunch. And is, no doubt, a PA for “Days of Our Lives.”

    I’ve never actually eaten LUTEFISK before, but I’d hardly tell you it was my least favorite food.

    If I did, Mamacita or Wayne or McBeagle or even my dear friend “ben” would undoubtedly call me an “imbecile,” or a “moron,” or a “dimwit.” Ot perhaps just a “loser.” But they, sadly, would be right.

    Luckily, I am none of those. I mean, I am not going to start consuming live shrimp or beating cobra hearts, but neither am I going to list those as my least favorite foods.

    Just a few quick pieces of advice for our lanky-faced Lunch’r, “Matt:”

    1. Dress shirt over fruity-tee = No No. Refer to J. Crew catalog if you insist that this is your “look.”

    2. Men don’t drink long GnT’s with a straw. Butch up.

    3. Hair Club.

    4. Mom’s basement might be cheap, but at 27, you need your own place.


  • Doc Chuck has spoken, ha ha. Real men stop drinking from straws in high school. I’d also hazard that real men don’t consume smoothies. Numerous Thai and Indian places in midtown. They almost all dumb down the spicing to suit american palates. I find most Italian food to be horribly boring. If I can come to terms w/ the Brussell Sprout, you can try Thai. Dismissing a cuisine as “smelling like ass”, is akin to calling a guy a douchebag because of his pose and undershirt color.

  • Low blows from the Doc.

    For once, I can’t say that I disagree.

    Waiting for Matt’s Thai review with bated breath–hopefully he has a coconut milk-drenched epiphany.

  • @mamacita—I would gladly make indian food exceptions just for you!

    @ Hungryanon–best believe you better not come near my bridge, or I, being an angry troll, will throw your dumb ass off of it! Or I may eat you, provided you don’t taste like Indian food!

  • Dear DocChuck,

    Does your wife approve you using other women’s photographs as her likeness? That lanky-faced woman on your MySpace profile for instance….caught with the dear-in-headlights stare while possibly wondering “Why is that strange man taking a picture of me?”


    Ben “NMtaB”

  • @ Matt and Megster: I personally saw the yellow DOH signs and vermin living in Variety. It’s only a matter of time before you get a roach in your salad (saw that too!)

  • Poor Matt!

    My first Thai experience involved veggie dumplings and chicken pad thai. I love Thai Food.
    you wont know unless you try! So you throw up a little… you’re still alive, right?

  • My first Thai experience involved a nine iron and some ice cubes.

  • I love the comments on tuesdays

  • glad to see that, even in tough times like these, one can still find work as a television.

    (remind me never to let myself be profiled as a midtown luncher, these people get more scrutiny that presidential candidates)

  • Have to give the guy credit for being willing to try Thai food now. Just hope he doesn’t poison Zach for putting his photo up …

  • If he’s going to try Thai it’s gonna have to be Wondee Siam. no noodles or fried rice.

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