PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Andrew”

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 Andrew, an intern who’s on the hunt for some Chicago style pizza.

Name: Andrew

Age: 21

Occupation: Intern

Where in Midtown do you work? Corner of 42nd & 3rd

Favorite Kind of Food: As a tightly budgeted college student, my favorite food has grown to be a quick slice of pizza (preferably with BBQ chicken).

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Gazpacho soup – cold soup is arguably the most outright travesty ever!

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: By far, my favorite place to grab lunch in Midtown is Crisp (on 43rd & 3rd). The Crisp Mexican is incredible, and a side of French Fries make it the perfect combo. Plus, it’s right across the street from where I work. Second place goes to the Tri-Tip Grill in Grand Central. I got the Border Buck with extra Chipotle Sauce the first day I was in NYC (needless to say, I started off on the right foot). Goodburger is another place that rocks – get the Classic Burger with The Works.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Does breakfast count? Our signature “Foodie Fridays” are usually kicked off with a bagel breakfast from Daniel’s Bagel.

Places you have discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Believe it or not, I hadn’t heard of Shake Shack before coming to New York. So, naturally, when I saw your recent post about their new “Smoke Shack,” I had to try it. Thank you for helping me see the light!

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? New Orleans, Louisiana for their shrimp po-boys. I visited there earlier this summer and must have tried nearly 10 different po-boys – all of them phenomenal.

Anything you’d like to ask the midtown lunch readers? I’m from the Midwest, so Chicago-style pizza is something that can’t be beat, in my opinion. Anyone have any New York-style pizza place suggestions that could rival Chicago-style pizza?

Got an answer for Andrew? Put it in the comments. Want to be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate)? Email


  • Given your palate, I would suggest Chuck E. Cheese… you could get in some gaming there too while enjoying an Apple Jolly Rancher and some grape Kool-Aid

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    Pretty sure you can get lasagna at any NYC Italian place.

  • You can’t compare NY-style pizza to Chicago-style pizza. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy eating the Chicago-style, but they’re completely different animals that simply can’t be compared straight up.

    And no, there’s no one in NYC doing Chicago-style worth worrying about. Now, Chicago dogs, that’s a different story.

  • Come on Wayne! Jolly ranchers rule–though everyone knows watermelon is the best flavor! And bagging on Grape Kool Aid? That’s practically racist!

    As for chicago style pizza, there used to be an uno’s downtown….but it closed. Not sure if there are any more unos, but unos sucks anyway. There ain’t no gino’s east here. Or Lou Malnotti’s. But you CAN mail order it if you must, though I will say it’s not worth doing that…

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    Next time you head to Coney Island, stop off at 86th St for some L&B Spumoni Gardens. Not entirely unlike Chicago pizza and very good.

    • L&B is entirely unlike a good Chicago-style pizza. The Sicilian L&B slice is a very thick crust with a lot of sauce and a thin layer of cheese. A Chicago style pizza crust should be quite a bit thinner, with layers of sauce, meat, cheese, and meat. And sauce and cheese.

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    I’m from Chicago (ok, fine, suburbs) and my favorite NY style slice is still from Sacco Pizza on 54th and 9th. Brian Williams has got my back on this and if that doesn’t have you sold then check out their sweet website:

    • SHILL!!! GO AWAY. I will throw eggs at the storefront. And crush you on yelp.

    • I agree with username, no one impartial would call that flash monstrosity a “sweet website”

      • Agree with these two. Sacco’s pizza is…not good. At all.

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        If you have seen the inside of Sacco or their hilariously terrible website then you would know that there is not a single person there who cares enough to go through the trouble to shill. Especially not in the midtown lunch comments where at most 3 or 4 desperately bored people might read it.

      • Funny, when I google Sacco Pizza new york review PaulB…I find hits from a yelp, foursq, urbanspoon, menupages, friend seat, and suckered? (I dont know what that is).

        Seriously, no one creates an account to make 1 suggestion for a pizza place. Better chance of finding Baby in the corner.

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        Ha, I appreciate the effort but…

        Well yelp and foursquare are because I reviewed it on yelp and left a tip on foursquare. Which would kind of make sense since I said its my favorite. The rest showed up because they scraped my yelp or foursquare tip or because you ran a search and included “Sacco Pizza new york review”.

        I don’t know what to tell you about your second point besides that when I first came to NYC from chicago I lived by Koronet pizza and was profoundly depressed about NY pizza so I thought it was worth creating an account to give this guy a reco.

        Seriously though, have you seen the inside of Saccos? Do you really think they are trying to start a social media campaign?

    • Yeah go away! There aint nothing chicago about sacco pizza!

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        “I’m from the Midwest, so Chicago-style pizza is something that can’t be beat, in my opinion. Anyone have any New York-style pizza place suggestions that could rival Chicago-style pizza?”

        He didn’t ask for chicago style pizza. Anyone from Chicago already knows that Chicago style pizza will be terrible anywhere else so he (rightfully) asked for a reco for a good New York-style slice.

  • This kid was doing alright until he mentioned goodburger. It’s not awful, but there’s tons of better places (easier than Shake Shack too). CHI has some great burger spots so I expect more.
    At the very least, get to a Five Guys. If you like a plain burger with works (LT etc) but not any real fixin’s, walk a few blocks to PJ Clarkes. You have them in CHI too.

  • Doesn’t like gazpacho … GTFO.


    The “Fred’s on vacation and was on the road all day, but didn’t forget his responsibilities to MTL” edition

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    People who enjoy pizza monstrosities would probably enjoy Artichoke Basille.

    As for actual NY-style pizza, just try all of the slice joints within a few blocks of both your apartment and your office. Those are the only ones you’ll visit with any regularity anyway.

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