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


  • I live for the Midtown lunch’er post on Tuesday, yes sometimes I am that sad.

    For a horrible moment I thought DocChuck was not going to turn up , as Matt is not obviously one of the Ladeez.

  • worst profile ever. the worst.

  • @FrankieTony – No, the worst profile ever is the hundreds of unfilled out profiles from all the people who bash the profiled lunch’er every Tuesday, but don’t have the balls to put themselves out there.

    Thanks Matt for taking the plunge (although, as a grown man living in NYC, you really should have tried Thai food by now. Let’s see if we can fix that)

  • @Goats: Wow, those are some pretty gruff comments.

  • sorry matt but you sound like a boring eater

  • I think anyone who follows this site has a potential to be a fascinating eater. Just tap into that potential.

    I’m still waiting for the courage to try street meat again. =X

  • I personally have been to a number of restaurants recomended by Matt and they have all been wonderful. When I’m feeling bad because I have no money, Matt finds me great sushi deals. When I need energy, Matt shows me his favorite Smoothie Carts. You would all be much warmer people if you had a friend like Matt in your life.

  • Jesus ,Mary and the gay guy…now matts mother terresa.

  • @megster

    get a room

  • Hey! I did my profile! That gives me the right to bash, or warn of vermin infestation, right?

  • if we got a room…matt would be eating thai food off my rock solid abs from all the health food places he’s sent me to over the years….

    get back to work @manandwife.

  • @stevenp: This billygoat is totally gruff!!!! And proud of it! Though I didn’t get my gruffness from indian food—LOL I left that for the troll to divert his attention while I snuck over the bridge to dine on greener pastures!

  • This is what you guys get for being mean to all the Midtown Lunch’ers of the week. Now the only volunteers that will do it are what you want to read, no offense Matt.

  • Man, I skip reading one tuesday and it’s crazy all up in here.

    You just know potential profilers are out there thinking…

    “1. wtf am i wearing in the picture that i want to send to zach
    2. do i have any weird food aversions that would make ppl call me a p*ssy
    3. are the regular commentators going to rip me a new one…
    4. what’s my mom going to say?”


  • I vow to actively support all midtown lunchers who are profiled! I have been good for 2 or 3 weeks!

  • Wait, I’m arriving at this party too late! I wish I could have bashed the guy a few times before he offered to try Thai food! Oh, shit! Well, dude, you’ll like Thai food. They eat all kinds of weird things. Weird! Weird things you’ve never imagined in your whole life. You’ll be all like, “What is this weird stuff? I can’t eat this!” Listen, it’s not even POSSIBLE for it to be 2009 and people who haven’t tried Thai food still exist! Fuck.

  • I’m just wondering about the credability of this Matt character. I have actually witnessed him eating Thai several times, i.e. Lemon Grass on East 34th st. So while Thai may not be his favorite, he has in fact had Thai before. As my friends on Mythbusters would say “FICTION!”.

  • Matt I think you are like way sexy. Want to come eat Thai off me? You can put sauce in my belly button.

  • Matt, I hope your co-workers are taking you out for drinks tonight to celebrate your surviving this sick trial by fire.

    In any event, don’t let the collective cruelty stick to you. We’re all miserable on account of our adventurous pallets and empty wallets. What do you expect?

  • The smoothie carts on 49th and 6th and 51st and 6th will be back when it starts getting warmer. They always come back!

Leave a Reply

You must log in or register to post a comment.