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


  • I just realized there was all kinds of wrong with my previous post. Please forgive any grammar and spelling errors before I get flamed.

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    I think Lenny’s is def a step up from Subway… They def put more on their subs… And As a life long Bronxite and Yankee fan, I say this kid had it coming once he posted a picture of himself with a Red Sox hat…

  • the hierarchy goes like this: Big smelly poop> rabbit poops> SBD> loud not smelly farts> burping

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    Step 1: Find ML
    Step 2: Read previous blog posts
    Step 3: Look @ map
    Step 4: When you see something that you are looking for and can’t find in particular, then ask for help.

  • @5DollarQueen:

    A level head indeed. And good advice DESPITE the fact that Columbus (of whom I spent yesterday worshipping) NEVER asked directions! And did HE find good food in the New World?

    YES indeedy, he did!

    He found ALL kinds of Good Eats (along with a few lovely Indian maidens).

    But, then, Columbus was smart enough to recognize a shipwrecking reef when he saw one — i.e., ‘ASSET MANAGEMENT’ !!!

    Yes, ole’ Chris steered his ships far to port of the siren, ala “Bernie Madoff”, thereby establishing a foothold in the land of the Free and of the Brave.

    The rest is history, “Pat.”

    Have a good sandwich.

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    Take a walk down 53rd between 2 and 3rd — tons of little hole in the wall places for lunch…also the food court in the basement of 875 3rd.

    Anybody else have other recs in the area, even out of bounds to the East, to try?

    Taksim is decent for turkish food on 2nd and 54th.

  • Cosi, I’m just saying the higher prices should warrant the better sandwich, but not necessarily better tasting in itself nor the quality of food.
    And I disagree with your heirarchy as Pret A Manger and Panera Bread are definitely >>>>>>> and topple over Cosi. Cosi only has good bread and decent pizza (cuz of the bread). I’m sure there will be others pushing the ‘wichcraft card around too, not me.

  • Just don’t end up in the Ny Times complaining about not being able to find work, yet paying $2900 a month in rent whilst jetting off to Cancun/Vegas on holiday.

  • @StreetMeat – I agree with your correlation assumption. I also like Pret and Panera, and will admit to liking ‘wichcraft. My first Pret experience was fairly recent and I’m not near a Panera or ‘wichcraft just now so I didn’t think of them. But the experience at Pret was great, friendly servers etc. Uh oh, I am getting hungry now.

    BTW, Cosi has a steak thing going on now. I had the steakhouse gorgonzola sandwich yesterday and the tuscan steak salad today. MMMM cosilicious!

  • haha food snobs…….

    as I read the ad at the top of this ML page for Swansons Canned Soups.

    selling out to “The man”

  • Be very afraid for yourself if you understood DocChuck’s post in response to 5DollarQueen

  • Fred, I think most of us didn’t bother trying to decipher DocChuck’s post.. “blah blah blah”… NEXT

  • meyekull i was just about to concede to your point about us not being food snobs but we are in a sense. avoiding fast food joints and generic delis solely because they’re labeled as “fast food” and “generic” is snobbery.

    i admittedly like McGriddles. find me one outside of a mcdonalds and I will boycott the place indefinitely. no i’m not going to MAKE one because i’m not a snob. :P

  • NO need to fear yourself, kiddies, if you fail to understand dark humor — Gothic in a sense.

    Some people have difficulty ‘understanding’ the instructions on how to cook rice.

  • he just moved to NY..cut him some slack.
    Pat: Advice…Learn fast..this city will eat you and your bad taste for breakfat…

  • and we know where you’re screwed, man.

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    No one mentioned Marrakesh… really..?

    Its technically out of bounds and not really anything new, but their chicken is cooked perfectly well and they have your choice of ground lamb kabobs or lamb chunks.

    They are right next to Brick Lane on east 53rd.

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