PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Brian”

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, we have Brian who’s a recent transplant downtown from Greenwich Village. He’s off to a good start downtown with some Caribbean but is in search of a certain Thai dish.

Name: Brian

Occupation: Resident of podiatric surgery

Where you work: NY Downtown Hospital

Age: 29

Favorite Kinds of Food: Margherita pizza with extra basil, East Coast oysters, and my Grandpa’s crab salad sandwiches

Least Favorite Food: Boiled peas. Ugh.

Favorite Lunches Downtown: Veronica’s Kitchen (Front St. at Pine) for her jerk chicken or curry goat. Table Tales (Water St. btw. Beekman & Peck Slip) for a quick sandwich – you can’t go wrong with the old-fashioned pot roast or the grilled chicken BRAT (bacon, romaine, avocado & tomato).

The “go-to” lunch places you and your co-workers eat at too often: Anywhere quick and cheap: Veronica’s Kitchen for the above, Ruben’s Empanadas (Multiple Locations) for the shrimp in creole sauce or Argentine sausage, and Duane Reade (we’re residents, all too often a Clif bar is our lunch)

Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Veronica’s Kitchen.

Dream job location, purely for lunch purposes, and why: The Nolita area. I’d be scarfing down Blueys (the most delicious chicken sandwich in the universe) from Ruby’s (Mulberry btw. Prince & Spring) on a daily basis.

Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers downtown?: As orphans from St Vincent’s Hospital we’ve only been at NY Downtown for a few weeks now– what’s the best Thai place down here? I’m dying for some good Pad Kee Mao.

Sadly, there’s not much in the way of amazing Thai food downtown, or at least below Canal St. Bennie’s Thai Cafe (on Fulton at Gold) is fairly decent, and Cafe Sage (John St. at Cliff) has a fairly cheap express lunch, but it’s pretty standard. Where’s a good Thai spot for Brian, lunch’ers? 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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