PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Julian”

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, Lunch’er Julian longs for the grub near his old apartment in Billyburg and searches for a decent taco near City Hall…

JulianName: Julian

Occupation: Public Health Advisor

Where you work: City Hall – William St. and Ann St.

Age: 24

Favorite Kind of Food: Neopolitan Pizza, Bahn Mi, Tacos… Also Egg Cream, Bacon-Wrapped Dates, Affogato (espresso+gelato).

Least Favorite Food: Tuna Salad

Favorite Lunches Downtown: Grilled Salmon Sandwich at Terrace Fish and Chips, Chicken Nicoise Salad or Chicken Dill Sandwich at Sandwich House, Ham and Swiss at Blue Spoon Coffee Co, Grilled Pork Papaya Salad at Doyers Vietnamese, Lunch Buffet at Taj Tribeca (formerly Indian Express), Caprese Panini and Afogatto at Zibetto, Soy Wings at Bon Chon.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Sandwich House, easily.

Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Baoguette downtown! Lunch-break Bahn Mi is now a reality.

Dream job location, purely for lunch purposes, and why: My old apartment in Williamsburg was walking distance from Motorino (perfect pizza), silent h (perfect bahn mi), an unnamed but perfect taco stand, and dirt-cheap polish feasts. I thought about joining the army of freelancers in that area just for the lunch.

Anything you’d like to ask the midtown lunch readers: Where can I get quality tacos near city hall? (Chipotle doesn’t count.)

Though I love me a good a taco, I’m definitely not a Mexican connoisseur, but Tajin on Greenwich Street might be worth checking out. Readers, any recs? If so, 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



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    The food at Tajin isn’t bad, but since moving back to NYC after 6 years in California, I’m amazed at how hard it is to find decent Mexican food in the city. The first person to open a decent taqueria in Manhattan (I agree, Chipotle doesn’t count) will make a fortune.

  • Motorino in E. Village is delicious too – though now PACKED all the time thanks to a bunch of stellar reviews. Grrr

  • I liked Dos Toros and it’s California deference. But while it’s not Chipotle it’s kind of Chipotle-like. And there’s something wrong with having a blonde girl poorly wrap my burrito.

    For Cal-Mex I think Pinche Taqueria is further downtown. It’s way overpriced, but their fish tacos are better than their dumb name. Also closer are the much loved Calexico carts.

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