PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Nick”

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 we’re excited to profiled Nick, aka Lunch’er “Hightemp” who has tipped us off to a bunch of good stuff over the past few months.  We figured it’s time he got his moment in the spotlight…

Name: Nick

Age: 32

Occupation: Patent Attorney (and amateur mixologist)

Where in Midtown do you Work?: Across from Bloomingdale’s (so technically “out-of-bounds” in Midtown North)

Favorite Kind of Food: I love all kinds of food, but if I had to choose I would say French Bistro or good ol’ fashioned American (both Modern American and Comfort Food American)

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Frozen meals of any kind – but particularly ones that feature “shrimp”

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: The Siciliano and the Wednesday Fresh Crab Sandwich at Macaron Cafe (on 59th btw. Park+Mad); Chicken Enchiladas (Half Green/Half Mole) at El Rey Del Sabor (on 60th and 3rd); Goodburger; BBQ Brisket sandwich at Daisy May’s (on 50th btw. 6+7th); Spicy Pork at Pro Hot Korean (on 56th btw. 5+6th); Jerk Chicken at Jamaican Dutchy (on 51st and 7th); General Tso’s Chicken at New Hong Wong (on 59th btw. 2+3rd); Eggplant Parmigiana and Italian Wedding Bakers at Pizza by Cer Te (on 56th btw. Park+Lex); Double Soul Food Mix from Hallo Berlin; for snacks – Sweet Potato Fries and a Shake Shot at BRGR (on 61st and 3rd); Ham & Cheese Scone at Alice’s Tea Cup (I know that one is waaaay out of bounds) and for dessert – Medium Smooth Plain Wild Thing (with Honey, Bananas and Cinnamon Toast Crunch) at Berrywild and anything from Miss Softee but particularly the “Fried Ice Cream” (which may or may not have been a request by a certain someone profiled here)

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Food Merchants; Oxford Cafe and Gourmet Park…aka the Generidelis….though I have to say Gourmet Park is a pretty good option for that category (particularly the things from the wannabe-Cosi pizza oven in the back)

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Pretty much the entire list above! Macaron Cafe; El Rey Del Sabor; Goodburger; Daisy Mays; Pro Hot Korean; Cer te (both regular and pizza); Jamaican Dutchy; Biryani Cart; Miss Softee

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Paris…..I could live off of ham & cheese crepes; Laduree macarons and Berthillon Ice Cream…..And authentic croissants….and of course when we get to dinner there is so much more to love

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? I’ve got two actually….. 1) I’ve been disappointed by the croissant options in midtown (luckily Le Bergamote is near my puppy’s daycare). So….best/most authentic croissant in midtown? 2.) I have a particular soft spot for Black & White cookies….While I think the best in the city are up at William Greenberg on 82nd and Madison that’s not a trek I usually have time to make. So…best Black & White cookie in midtown? (and yes in both cases I’d prefer the northern half of midtown)

Got an answer for Nick?  Put 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


  • NERD ALERT (my version of Freak of the Week)

  • Patent Attorneys REPRESENT! (That’s all I have)

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    Both Bouchon Bakery and Financier have very good croissants. As for b/w cookies, the Upper East Side is still king. Willam Greenberg or Barney Greengrass FTW.

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    Pick A Bagels b/w cookies are highly rated. I’ve never tried them but there’s a location at 8th and 53rd. I will try one and report back, in the name of research.
    (my favorite kind of research).

    (this post is dedicated for the second week in a row to Pigiron)

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    A surprisingly good and affordable black and white cookie can be had at the ING cafe on 3rd avenue.

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      A few weeks ago I was walking by ING Cafe in the late evening (it was closed), but I noticed motion out of the corner of my eye. It was a mouse running along the bottom of the street facing windows inside ING Cafe. Poor fella. Looked like he really wanted to get out of there. Thanks for the warning, little buddy. Hope you eventually found your way out.

  • it was all good until I hit puppy day care

    bistros, croissants, macarons … you’re a closet frog aren’t you, HT?

    • The daycare is just once a week for extra exercise….otherwise he’d be as fat as a pot-bellied pig.

      As for the french things….its really just an excuse to eat inordinate amounts of butter.

  • My dog is king of the pigs!

  • Dean and Deluca have amazing mini black and white cookies. They have a lil hit of lemon….sooo good.

  • Laduree macarons! I am going to have them next week…I CAN’T WAIT!!

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    I am a HUGE black and white connoisseur. For years, I have always said that Zaros’ (Grand Central and Penn Station) black and whites were the best. They’re still pretty damn good. But then I discovered Crumbs’ black and white cookies and I have to say they are even better than Zaros’. For the record, I do not like the black and white cookies at William Greenberg AT ALL.

  • Best Black and White cookie in the city has to be Nussbaum and Wu (113th and Broadway). Perfect blend of icing to cookie ratio and cookie is not too hard, not too soft. Just perfect. I vaguely recall they supplied the cookies at one of the bagel chains (@Jill: may have even been Pick-a-Bagel)

  • Girlfriends of patent attorneys REPRESENT!

    Toooooooootally agree on the Crumbs cookie.

    I mean, the best black and white cookie in all of NYC is obviously the one from Court Pastry Shop (298 Court Street in Brooklyn). It’s HUGE and super-cakey and icing-tastic.

    But Crumbs is the next-best thing, and it’s closer.

  • Personally, I am a bit weary of the juvenile “Freak of the Week” bit.

  • pret does a decent and affordable croissant (and pain au chocolat for that matter). le pain quotidien is also good.

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      I had a terrible croissant from Pret a few weeks back. But my pain au chocolat was great. Not sure why there was such a discrepancy.

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    Thanks @pshinnyc and @donuts4dinner — I am constantly on a quest for the best black and white cookie and I will try the Court Pastry Shop and Nussbaum and Wu.

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    this guy’s cute and he has great lunch tastes! hooray for FOTW. hey nick, are you single????

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