I’m Leaving At the End of Next Week… Where Should I Eat!?

At Lunch Now: Street Meat Palooza 2

So… as much as it saddens me to say, next week will be my last week of full time lunching in Midtown. It’s not really goodbye, and I will definitely be back for Street Meat Palooza, Choice Eats, the Vendy Awards, and some random lunching, but after next Friday I won’t be the full time voice of Midtown Lunch anymore. Since I announced a few weeks ago that I was moving to L.A. there have been some “sky is falling” comments and emails saying that things won’t be the same.  Not that many… but a few.  And I just want to assure those 7 concerned people that nothing is going to change on Midtown Lunch when I leave.  Not just because I’ll still be overseeing the site, and would never let that happen- but also because the site has never really been about me.  It’s always been about finding lunch.

In just under four years Midtown Lunch has grown into an enormous community of like-minded eaters, converging in one place to share news, tips, and opinions about the best hour of our lousy work day. Everything I write about on this site originates from you, whether it’s an email, a photo, a comment on a review, or a post in the forums.  Nothing comes out of thin air… everything comes from you guys. What I’m trying to say is, on Feburary 1st I’ll just be handing over the site to the people who have always run it… you guys.

Sure, there will be official (and unofficial) contributors… and they will all be names you should recognize from the comments, and Friday link round-ups. After all, somebody has to stuff their face every day for the good of the site.  But they will depend on you guys, just as I have depended on you, to let them know about new openings, closings, specials, amazing lunches, and just to generally keep them honest.  As a group they are definitely more attractive, and less fat than I am, but don’t hold it against them.

So after next week, I hope all of you will continue to contribute to this amazing community… in the comments, in the forums, and with tips and photos (which can still be sent to me at zach@midtownlunch.com, if for no other reason than to make me jealous of what I’m missing out on.)  I also hope you’ll follow my west coast lunching, through the new Los Angeles section of Midtown Lunch… which will launch shortly after I arrive in L.A.

Anyway, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the more important task at hand! (For me anyway.)  My final week of Midtown Lunch’ing.  I was kind of inspired by this post in the forums to do a Farewell Tour of sorts, hitting up all the Midtown Lunch spots I will miss the most in one whirlwind week. So… where should I go?  No rules… except it’s got to be under $10 (no “splurge” lunches), inside the Midtown Lunch boundaries, and no Mexican food.  As much as I love the El Rey del Sabor Cart, I’m moving to L.A.  Clearly I’m not going to miss NYC tacos where I’m going.  Also, no chains.  I love you Five Guys, but I’m guessing you’ll be in California soon enough (if you’re not already.)  So there it is.  5 lunches left.  What should they be?  Add your suggestions to the forum post>>


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