PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Michael”

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 Michael, a PR guy who loves Sinatra but hates generic delis…

Name: Michael

Age: 24

Occupation: Public Relations – Food Blogger – Eating Enthusiast

Where in Midtown do you Work?: The Daily News Building (42nd between 2nd and 3rd Ave)

Favorite Kind of Food: I could spend hours writing my favorites, but some that come to mind are: Italian, Japanese, Kosher/Jewish Deli, and standard American fare (who doesn’t love burgers/fries/dogs/cheese steaks/etc)

Least Favorite Kind of Food: I don’t do Indian… I’ve tried, and just can’t handle it

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: – The Old Bridge Deli (on Lex btw. 40+41st) is my go-to place. I share a similar sentiment as everyone else… I HATE GENERIC NY DELIS. However, I really find their sandwiches to be fresh and original, the hot/cold bar is clean and appears fresh, and the rolly wraps, which have disappeared of late, are one of midtown’s best lunch options. Boi to Go (on 2nd btw. 42+43rd) is a great quick/healthy option. I go for the Chicken/Soft Rice Noodle/Veggie combo. At Carl’s Steaks (on 3rd Ave. btw. 34+35th). I get the Chicken Steak with all the toppings you could imagine. As close as you can come to Philly in NYC. And Oms/B (on 45th btw. Lex+3rd) for Japanese Rice Balls. I will typically dive into anything with tuna or shrimp.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Pret-a-Manger. It’s good and being located right across the street makes it super-convenient. However, how many chicken/avocado somethings can one person have?

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Appreciated the help in sorting through the mess that is the Midtown pizza selection… and knowing that a 5 Guys is in the vicinity will eventually come in handy

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I know people often dream up extremely unique locations from every corner of the map, but seriously, is there a better option than an open table at Katz Deli on W. Houston? I wouldn’t need much more than that.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Nothing in particular… just keep the info coming. It’s reassuring to know that there are other people in the area obsessed with sharing information about the best spots to chow.

Us, obsessed? C’mon on now. Us? How do you figure? Oh yeah… right. There’s that. Ok, maybe a little obsessed. As always, if you want to be the next obsessed person Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er, or you’d like to nominate somebody in your office email me at


  • My dearest “Michael,”

    Son, that sweater, it’s … well, it’s a cry for help. I am a PhD in psychology, if that interests you.

    Frankly, it’s hard to take someone who “can’t handle” Indian food and eats at Pret “too often” seriously. Although you redeemed yourself to some extent through your love of rice balls.

    Methinks Zach may be resorting to the second team here …

  • Concise, to the point, not overly wordy and with good taste.
    I like it. Good profile.

  • I like the sweater!!

  • Is that a Seiko?

  • thats an old navy/gap sweater, not exactly something to wear when you’re trying to impress

  • I want to pinch his cheeks and make him eat tandoori.

  • You can’t even eat naan? Naan…is just bread (with some yogurt and stuff), but it’s just bread.

    Even curry? It’s like so sad. =( Well, at least you got to try it before you claim that you couldn’t eat it. I can appreciate that much.

  • wow, thought this was about eating and not wardrobe. I would have had professional headshots taken if I’d have known…

  • You have to admit…that’s a pretty interesting sweater…to say the least.

    I propose the next person not wear anything and then that way no one comment on their clothes. =)

  • Argyle is a classic, hardly something that should cause such an outrage on a food blog especially.

    Just because someone doesn’t like Indian, it shouldn’t discredit their overall love for foods. Even the most famous critics and food writers have certain things they don’t like.

  • Isn’t he a bit too beefy to have that arrogant look on his face?

  • i mean is it really that interesting? it’s a sweater.

    oh and HungryAnon, i have had the naan and yes, it was very good. Overall, Indian cuisine is just not for me. i have tried multiple dishes and am yet to find one I truly enjoy.

  • Do I spy a bit of Bromancing in that pic?

  • Aww… I love Argyle sweaters. Am I a total nerd? Shit, don’t answer that!!!

    HungryAnon, you are sooo right. We need naked ML profilers. STAT!

  • another post, another bit of blather from DocChuck. Great.

  • Mikey – you’re perfectly dressed….. for a food blogger

    Just make sure the gent behind you doesn’t get both his hands on your shoulders

  • Great comments – I’d love to take him out for some Indian ;)

  • Michael, I’m taking it that cuisines such as Mexican and Lebanese are not your faves either. Don’t worry. Know tons of people who hate Indian food (although I can’t imagine why), and they don’t seem to be a huge fan of cuisines where you’ve got a lot of cumin being used. There’s still a lot of other cuisines out there.

  • “Mikey – you’re perfectly dressed….. for a food blogger

    Just make sure the gent behind you doesn’t get both his hands on your shoulders”

    Have worlds collided? I may be agreeing with “wayne…”

    I might add that you probably shouldn’t let the gent behind you –who is drinking a cocktail with a STRAW– run his hands through your furrow of hair. It might cut him.

  • Chubby Jude Law.

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