PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Pat”

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 Pat, an intern who just moved to NYC a month ago to work in the north eastern corner of Midtown. Let’s try and help him find some good eats (without rubbing it in too much about the Sox hat.)

Name: Pat

Age: 20

Occupation: Marketing Intern

Where in Midtown do you Work?: Permal Asset Management at 54th and 3rd

Favorite Kind of Food: Sushi

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Indian

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Overall, there’s not much in the area, but I recently found two great go to spots. Sushi Express at the corner of 55th and 2nd. Despite the awful name, the sushi is actually pretty good, and fairly priced (8 bucks for 2 rolls, 12 bucks for 3). Service is great, it’s never crowded. I don’t know too much about sushi but me and my buddy thought it was really good and we go there often. The second is Lenny’s at 2nd and 54th. Although its a chain, the food here is amazing. Ask for the Jimmy T. Two chicken cutlets with melted mozzarella covered in sweet peppers and onions with honey mustard. Sounds like a weird combination but its awesome.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? We go to Pax all the time because it’s right outside our door. Great sandwiches for a chain restuarant.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Not to be boring, but New York City! Moved here a month ago and couldn’t be happier with the food. In one month I’ve already had the best pizza, sushi, and sandwich I’ve ever tasted.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Does anyone know of any other good hidden spots southeast of central park?

Got a recommendation for Pat? Put it in the comments. And as always if anybody would like to be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate), email me at


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    Tenzan – hmm, no Chinese owned sushi joints for me, particularly in a neighborhood filled with good Japanese restaurants.

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    do people really not make any effort to look at any past profiles and comments and try to avoid setting themselves up?

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    Hmm – Only lived in NYC for a month. It took me years to find the places I like to get my lunch from today.

  • meh. the truth is the truth whether we agree with it or not. we need lunchers who lack a palate to balance out the super foodies. there were worse lunchers… miss copy&paste, and miss cheeseisstinkybuttfeet for example.

  • dang…being a profiled luncher is more traumatizing then peeing urself on the train while drunk and sleeping.

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    Welcome to NYC! There’s lots to see and do (and eat). Get out there and have fun. Just DON’T stand in the middle of the effin sidewalk to text on your phone or hold a conversation and DON’T block the effin subway doors when I want to get on or off. Enjoy!

  • or falling asleep next to a drunk samwich who pees on you…

    Seriously, break out of your eating rut and your life will become much more interesting (right now, I am falling asleep reading about it.) I don’t mind chains myself – hello Cosi and Quiznos! – but this is NYC and there are worlds of different foods to explore here. Challenge yourself!

  • @ The Prez.. have you tried Tenzan at all? they are super fresh and yummy. You’re saying chinese people can’t make sushi? It’s like saying white people cant dance.. Racial profiling!

  • @dubs “It’s like zach put this guy up as flame-bait.”


    @deanlo “…you should never admit allegiance to chain stores because we’re all (for the most part) food snobs”

    Um… Most of us spent 70% of our time here salivating over street meat and street food. I think that makes us anti-food snobs actually.

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    Tbqh, I have no sympathy for any profiler who gets flamed on here for things like, “I hate all Chinese food’ ‘Thai is disgusting’ ‘I only place I’ve ever eaten in my life is Pax’, and so on. This happens all the time on sites, and forums, like these. There is a reason why they suggest you ‘lurk before you post’ for any online community. You’re supposed to take the time to read a good amount of the previous posts/comments to get a feel for the place before you just start posting any ‘ole thing.

    This online community is about finding cheap and delicious lunch in midtown. This means that sometimes you have to challenge yourself to eat some place you normally wouldn’t. It’s also about the excitement of finding something totally new or eating something you would have never thought you would before. This site, I thought, was meant to find an alternative to places such as Pax, and deli made sushi, that is unless one of those places offers something unique and really cheap. Also, it’s about supporting some of the smaller businesses and helping to keep them afloat all of the generic delis that ru(i)n Midtown lunching options.

    I do applaud them for braving it out and submitting themselves to the site though. At the same time, you leave yourself to mercy of the people of the community if you don’t get the feel for it first.


  • Wow! You all are harsh. If you are tired of eating fatty foods. You can try the Pump near you. For sushi, I had a coworker like Wild Ginger. There tons of sushi places on 2nd near you. Try them all and let us know which one you like. Blockhead’s is also great for burritos, but it can get super crowded at lunch. I forget the name but there’s one with a huge waterfall sculpture in it that’s pretty nice. But you are also near tons of great bars. Turtle Bay on weds has 1 dollar pony drafts. They’re called pony’s cause you got to race’em. But get there early cause the place gets pretty crowded. Try out also Clancy’s and Blackfinn.

  • Actually I posted this profile in the hopes that people would post good recommendations for the NE corner of Midtown (so that other lunchers in the NE corner would find good spots to eat.)

  • serve with a side of smugness

  • My advice?

    Move back to Boston, where the food is great and the white people know how to dance — ever seen Barney Frank dance?

  • Considering he’s an intern, he could be out of the city by now. Obviously a rookie; the hat says it all.
    20 yr old kid who likes pizza, sandwiches, and sushi. No indian or probably not even halal – if he ever tried.
    Not that I’m trying to make it personal. Just that I always enjoy a more well-rounded profile / experience.

  • You are all being dumb here. He’s only been in NYC for 1 month. Give him a break. He found ML right? That’s the best first step in joining the world of midtown lunchin’

    Welcome young grasshopper! Now go forth and eat at El Rey Del Sabor or any halal cart!

  • “Mama and Pat up a tree…..”

  • Might be a hike from that location, but you’ve got Kushi Q and Oms/b for a lighter Japanese lunch. For an over $10 lunch, Aburiya Kinnosuke is fantastic.

  • I would rather eat Subway’s. Lenny’s isn’t much better than Subway’s – their microscopic edge only because their sandwiches are much more unique and pricey! That’s like saying Quizno’s is better than Subway’s? Or Chipotle rules over Taco Bell… ;P

  • but, Quiznos *is* way better than Subway… never had lenny’s so can’t comment on how it compares to subway though.

    The hierarchy goes like this: Cosi > Quiznos > Blimpies >>> Subway

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