PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Harry”

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, meet Harry- an IT guy who hates tofu and wishes he worked in Greece (or at least could find a decent gyro in Midtown.)

Name: Harry

Age: 32

Occupation: IT Manager

Where in Midtown do you Work?: Madison in the 50′s

Favorite Kind of Food: Burgers, fries, greasy, organic, sausages, seafood, bacon, eggs, flat noodles, spicy, BBQ, Greek, Mexican, South American, and anything else that tastes good.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Tofu and other forms of mush. Anything with the word “curd” in it. Uni sushi.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Burger with the works at Goodburger (multiple locations). Two meat platter (steak and sausage) at Carnegie John’s (on 56th and 7th). Anything at the Hallo Berlin Cart (on 54th & 5th). Salads with fried chicken and Tex-Mex Ranch dressing at Chopt. Braised Beef Noodle Soup at Pearls (7th Bet. 48+49). Pearls is a hidden gem discovered by my old boss. Korean dishes and the salad bar at Café Duke (on 51st btw. 6+7th). Especially the Thursday Korean special (Spicy Chicken stew). Whole Foods (Columbus Circle).

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Goodburger, Chopt, Prince Pizza (Lex bet. 54 + 55) which is another hidden gem not related to the “Prince Pizza” chain. Tacos/Burritos Cart (54th & Madison), Teriyaki Boy

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Goodburger, Five Guys (on 55th btw. 5+6th), Biryani Cart (on 46th and 6th), Kanaat (on 55th btw. Lex+3rd), Korea Palace, Fried Chicken Cart (55th btw. Mad+5th), Dessert Truck (on 55th & Lex), Free Foods NYC (two locations), Tuscany Catering (on 55th btw. 5+6th), Certe (on 55th btw. 5+6th), El Rey del Sabor (two locations), 100% Healthy & Halal Cart (on 55th and Park)

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? 7th Ave. in the 50’s. It’s a little more central and gives me access to the 8th and 9th Ave. spots (Pluck U, Papasito, Old San Juan, and Island Burger). Or Santorini, Greece. The food is amazingly fresh, and it’s the most beautiful place I have ever been to.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? It is shocking that in a city with so much Greek influence, there aren’t more good Greek midtown lunches. Where can I go for a real Greek gyro in midtown? And I don’t mean Halal carts or crap like Gyro 2 (on 7th btw. 33+34th).

I have to say, I completely agree with you about the gyro thing.  There is not a single cheap option in Midtown for a real Greek gyro… unless something has changed since this was posted. Anybody have a new suggestion? Put it in the comments… and as always if you want to be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate), email me at


  • Yeah, did anyone see the P-Diddy Popeyes VS. KFC taste off?? It was hilarious!

    “They sprinkle crack on KFC”!!!


  • I thought we had an agreement re: Tuesday ML’ers – only hot latina and asian chix with creative foodie fedishes. What in fresh hell is this!

  • @DocChuck, the closest thing I’ve had here that reminds me of gyros in Greece is the Shawarma at Mamouns. The meat is very similar. That’s why I’m interested in trying Adkeniz. The review leads me to believe it might be good.

    @Dubya El: I tried the KFC Grilled Chicken. It’s not original recipe in any way. It’s looks like BBQ grilled chicken. I’m pretty cynical though. I didn’t see any grills in the kitchen. I wonder if the chicken comes with the grill marks already on it.

    @Mamacita: I’ve seen that. It’s pretty funny.

  • From one fellow greek to the next – we will never find a true “authentic gyro” in manhattan unless we jump on a plane a fly to greece…they just always taste better there…
    but for a tip…
    Red flame coffee house diner on 67 W 44th St (44th & 6th ) is tastier than some other frozen bland things that are served elsewhere….

  • Harry, you sound like you’re popping for a cardio blockage. Let’s make sure to balance your diet like the Greeks w some more greens.

  • Delicious Sandwiches,salads, and other food!

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