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


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