PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Matt”

As is customary here on Midtown Lunch, every Tuesday we’ll profile a different lunch’er and get their recommendations for places to eat in Downtown NYC. This week, Matt pines for a San Francisco Cafe and searches for some food cart variety…

MattName: Matt

Age: 36

Occupation: IT non-profit organization

Where do you work?: Financial District

Favorite Kind of Food: Cheap and Spicy. Think Street Meat.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Bland, chain, and $$$$. Think Pump Energy Food.

Favorite Lunch(es) Downtown: Kosher Luncheonette on Fulton @ Cliff St.  (great falafel), Xpress Power Lunch (Wall/Pearl Streets)… [and more after the jump.]

Veronica’s Lunch (cart on Front Street), Alan’s Falafel (Bway across from Liberty Park), Sam’s Falafel (Liberty Park), Backyard Chicken (Pearl bet. John and Fulton), Shin Ju Sushi (Pearl bet. Wall and Pine), Cafe Zibetto (Fulton St @ William), Love Truck on Wall St. (this one is for your 3pm caffeine fix)

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often: Alan’s Falafel (so good for the price it’s the easy decision)

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Eritrean truck near City Hall

Dream job location (anywhere in the world), purely for lunch purposes, and why: San Francisco. Lived there in the 90s and I could eat a cheeseburger from Red’s Java House every day of the week.

Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers?: Where are more exotic street vendors?  That is, non-halal.

I have been wondering the same thing for a long time, with the obvious exceptions of Veronica and our friend by City Hall. Any suggestions, guys? Put ‘em in the comments. And as always, if you would like to be next week’s Profiled Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate), email us at



  • I think all of these have been mentioned in ML but they are good, non-Halal carts:

    Banh Mi (Vietnamese Sandwich) cart in Hanover Sq.

    Jamaican Jerk Chicken cart on Front St. near the plaza b/t Maiden & Wall St.

    Schnitzel Truck (only Tuesdays) at Water & Broad

  • Right-on Veebee, though the cart on Front Street is the Veronica’s Kitchen that Matt mentions…

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