PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Chris”

Every Tuesday we 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 Chris, a Schnitzel Truck loving software developer who is probably eating the new schnitzel down while you’re read this…

Name: Chris

Age: 34

Occupation: Software Developer

Where in Midtown do you Work?: 48th & Madison

Favorite Kind of Food: To generalize, I suppose Japanese food is kind of the pinnacle of food-taken-to-perfection that blows my mind, but man, I’ll eat anything. My short, shameful addiction is buffalo chicken. Tassie’s Buffalo Strips at the Outback, of all places — I’m sure the sauce consists mainly of hydrogenated petrochemicals, but I don’t care. It’s a religious experience. And nice chunky bleu cheese. Anyway, forget you read that and pretend I said something about free range bacon with a salad of organically raised ramps and dandelion marmalade from Wind Rainbow Farms in upstate NY. I don’t want to get kicked out of the foodie club.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: I don’t generally care for olives. But I do like a good tapenade. Damnit, now I really want a muffaletta. Oh, and I’ve never tried coffee or alcohol. Not because I’m a Mormon or something, I just think it’s fun to maintain a small, pointless eccentricity.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Schnitzel Truck (pork or veal). Katsuhama: I love me a good katsudon. Tri-Tip Grill (in Rock Center) has got my attention, because it used to be a once-a-year treat to go to Buckhorn when I’m in California. Kati Rolls from the Biryani Cart. At the risk of being excommunicated, I like to get the Santa Fe salad with fried chicken and tex-mex dressing from Chop’t. It’s a man’s salad.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? It’s difficult to get my co-workers to eat sometimes. There’s a Pret right downstairs where most of them go, but I consider it off-limits unless I’m just grabbing a pastry in the morning. The core group of us who care about eating the Midtown Lunch way try to mix it up, so it’s hard to think of any “goto” place.

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? All of them. The day I started working in Midtown, I googled for “midtown lunch” in the hopes I wouldn’t have to eat at the deli, discovered Zach’s wonderful blog, and hit the ground running. The joy of street meat and the fact that that year’s 2nd-place finisher XPL was right around the corner was probably my first big ML discovery.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I used to have as a benchmark for success being able to fly to Germany for lunch (oh, those glorious wursts). I don’t know if that counts. I guess if I had to work somewhere because of the local food it would continue to be the dining playground known as New York City. I might stay right here in Midtown, for despite its reputation as a wasteland, it continues to surprise me with tasty new choices.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Where can I get a good muffaletta in this city?

Anybody have a a rec for Chris? Put it in the comments. As always, if you would like to be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate), email


  • Never had a drink?
    You’re missing out bro. I don’t get drunk I get awesome.

  • Apart from all the coffee/alcohol hoopla, I’d like to point out that there is NO SUCH THING as a “man’s salad.” (Unless it’s lobster salad, which is very different from what was being described above.)

    And ML is no haven for foodies. The mere mention of ‘ramps’ here creeps me out. (Although I generally laugh at the pretentious dorks who proclaim how wonderful they are, lest their fellow foodies find them to be lacking.)

  • Masto needs a tissue and a hug LOL. To be fair, you should have expected to get REAMED with the “eccentric” comment in regards to booze or coffee. Youi’ve been here long enough to see how this works. You set yourself up bud…but don’t take these comments personally! If you truly need validation from strangers, you have more problems than mere sensitivity issues…LOL

  • No coffee or booze? More for the rest of us then.
    And there are foods with coffee or alcohol in them. You deliberately avoid those and have to ask what’s in those food items before partaking?

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    Suddenly I’m craving a very dry martini with extra olives.

  • Oh I think I totally saw you and your crew today at the Schnitzel Truck today. I don’t think you are very hipster at all. Yeah, I wouldn’t feel the need to validate yourself or your lifestyle to ANYONE on the internet. And you kind of had to expect to get ragged on a bit. And just be thankful that you didn’t promote a food blog of your own. But seriously, you might as well have just claimed to be Mormon.

  • Why was Rudy’s exchange w/ Dr. Chuck deleted? Rudy called him sweaty tits and accused him of nicking his material.
    Doc Chuck retorted in a southern twang.
    It was high-brow ML comedy. They are both adults and can take the heat.
    Why must you always delete the best stuff???

  • he didnt delete the comment on my profile when sir said he wanted to throw me under a bus and that’s straight up violent!

  • software developer….do you work at Initech?

  • BTW I’m totally over it now, I blame yesterday behavior on the street meat palooza.. there are probably all kinds of artificial hormones in that gyro “meat” that gave me ovine PMS. Zach should have warned us not to eat the brown rice. Two jokes, take your pick. Anyway, my polarity is back to manic so I’m ready to have an underpants party with all you guys, or whatever it is that Lunch’ers do.

  • it looks like he is holding a coffe cup in his hand!!!!!!!!..(did someone already make this comment?…im to lazy to read all 63)

  • yes, someone did, and more importantly – are you a Walgreen’s Samwich or not?

  • yes, it was mentioned and also explained that starbucks offers things than coffee.

  • Yeah – but it’s been almost 24 hours, and I’m still wondering what exactly is in that cup. I’m thinking a nice hibiscus tisane? It’s really the only beverage that goes with man salad.

  • i like the tazo zen.

  • That cup is not from Starbucks. It contains tea. It’s from “The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf” on Market St. in San Francisco. Why did I submit a picture from another city, I hear you not ask. Answer: while I was trying to find the perfect picture to exemplify the values of a devoted Midtown Lunch’er, Zach got tired of waiting for me and grabbed a random picture from Flickr. So I went with this because it was better than the one where I was intentionally trying to look retarded.

    On the subject of tea-drinking retards and bicoastal travel, I’ve noticed that San Francisco is full of coffee shops that have adopted a similar technique for serving quality loose-leaf tea. They put it in a paper sleeve a-la, thus allowing the discerning tea drinker to enjoy an above-average beverage experience instead of the crappy Lipton tea bags provided at the conference center. Why haven’t we in New York achieved this level of sophistication? And another thing: women, if you’re going to dig in your purse for your metrocard, could you do it BEFORE standing directly in front of the turnstile? It’s amazing that we have the technology to build the most complicated skyscrapers, with restrooms and an adequate supply of oxygen on every floor or to catch a terrorism suspect after only 54 hours of detective work, but I still get these terrible headaches. Well, I seem to have lost the thread there somewhere, but I believe my point stands.

  • Yeah, the ‘new crew’ changes photos and makes deletions, and changes avatars at THEIR discretion.

    I guess that one might surmise that Zach’s presence (and control) here is perhaps lacking.

    MTL is no longer the same, without Zach.


    • Damn straight DocChuck! Let’s boycott this place, waddya say?! You and me! How bout neither of us ever post here ever again to show them how much this place sucks! We won’t even load the webpages so they don’t get the money from our ad impressions! What do you say?! SOLIDARITY!!! Are ya with me?!

      • Been hitting the bottle again, have you, Adam?

        Buddy, you keep drinking that cheap vodka, it’s gonna kill you before your time.

        And, NO, I am NOT with ya, Adam, nor will I EVER be “with” ya, Adam.

        Now, go take a cold shower, calm down, and then kiss my ass.

      • Awe. I tried. For the sake of everyone here, I tried…

  • But you failed, Adam. Just like you have FAILED at everything in your life, Adam.

    Now, why do you not choose to move on, to get a life, and to do something worthwhile for the planet?

    I mean, inquiring minds REALLY want to know, Adam.

    Carrion, please.

  • 3 month in LA he’s Ellen Degeneres

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