PROFILE: Our Newest Contributor “Dan”

Every Tuesday we turn over the site to a different Midtown Lunch’er for his or her recommendations for the best lunch in Midtown. You may have noticed that we have brought a new contributor named Dan into the fold to help shore up our Midtown East coverage. A few weeks ago he told us about the frittate from Pizza Rustica, and if you were excited about the Girl Scout Cookie truck on Friday, that was all him as well. And tomorrow he’s got the scoop on a new entry in the Midtown Lunch Sandwich Challenge. (Get excited.) Let’s make him feel welcome…

Name: Dan

Age: 27

Occupation: Communications consultant for a human rights organization

Where in Midtown do you work? Midtown East, a few blocks from the UN.

Favorite Kind of Food: Fried clams, all the way

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Anything with a lot of olives. A few is OK, but I really don’t like olives.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Previti (on 41st btw. Lex+Park) for the focaccia lasagna slice, chicken thigh with brown rice at Glaze Teriyaki (on Lex btw. 54+55th), and almost everything at Num Pang (on 41st btw. Lex+3rd).

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? The Amish Market on 45th between 2nd and 3rd. Rickshaw too, but that’s really just me.

Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch?: Previti Pizza. Before I found out about it a coworker recommended the 99 cent slice place across the street from my office. Not cool.

If you could work any in the world, purely for lunch purposes, where would it be? Somewhere on the California coast, for cioppino and fish tacos.

Anything you’d like to ask the midtown lunch readers? Any reputable places in Midtown East serving fried clams?

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


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    For clams, try the takeout window at Oyster bar in grand central

  • You guys should hire a vegetarian. Just for kicks and giggles.

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    Thanks for the tip, Soam. Pineapple, my girlfriend is a vegetarian, so I actually eat that way except for when I eat out. There seriously are some good vegetarian options out there. The cauliflower sandwich at Num Pang is a favorite of mine.

  • Rickshaw???? A Go-To?????? ugh. You’d save a whole lot of money with a costco membership…

  • Not sure if you’ve tried it, but Previti’s chicken-provolone sandwich is one of my favorites anywhere.

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    In fairness to Rickshaw, I can’t steam Costco dumplings in my office. I’ve only had the meatball sandwich from Previti (I mostly stick to their pizza), but the chicken and provolone sounds great.


  • btw, by ‘fried clams’ you mean fried clams *with bellies*, right? I’d like to know where to find good ones too, anywhere in the city. (po’ boys also an option)

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    Username303, I get the criticism of Rickshaw and it’s fair enough, it just happens to be very close to me and is an easy, somewhat healthy option. I may be guilty of having concentrated too much on the “too often” of that question and not enough on the “go-to”. I’ve now been sufficiently chastised.

    stevenp, I’d never had fried clams with bellies until last year, and it was a revelatory experience. But I still very much enjoy them without, since I grew up eating them. You might want to check out Little Town by Union Square… that’s where I had them with the bellies.

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    Haven’t found any good fried clams in midtown but if you have to get some, go out to Rockville Center on LI and go to Bigelow’s for fried whole belly clams, onion rings and fries. It’s well worth the trip.

  • Welcome, Dan. Keep the site a-goin’!

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    There is a Little Town on 46th between 8th and 9th, and they deliver. You’re welcome.

  • HOTTIE of the week.

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