PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Craig”

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 Craig who doesn’t believe in $5 foot longs or certain green vegetables, and thinks the FiDi is a pretty good place to be come lunchtime.

 width=Name: Craig Savitzky

Occupation: Research Associate

Where you work: The American Lawyer magazine

Age: 28

Favorite Kinds of Food: Neapolitan-style pizza, Cincinnati chili, Milwaukee frozen custard, Tibetan momos, El Salvadorian pupusas, muffulettas, shokshuka and any and all Caribbean food.

Least Favorite Foods: Not into peas, green beans or baked ziti.

Favorite Lunches Downtown: The “Napoletano” calzoni at Farinella on Worth St. (nr. Broadway); jerk chicken at Veronica’s Kitchen on Front St. (at Pine); Alfanoose on Maiden Lane (btw. Broadway & Nassau) for their red lentil soup; the calamari done with a southwestern flare at the Capital Grille on Nassau (btw. Liberty & Pine); the speck, taleggio and frisee sandwich at Barberini Mercato on Front St. (btw. Beekman & Peck Slip); the chicken, mushroom and spinach burger with peach ketchup at Kitchenette on Chambers St. (btw. Greenwich & W. Broadway); Urban Lobster Shack on Stone St. (btw. Broad & Broadway) for the ongoing $10 special, but if it’s ambiance you’re after, get the tuna roll at Ed’s Lobster Bar kiosk instead behind the World Financial Center (nr. Vesey); Jou Jou Café on Nassau (at Maiden Lane) for their Israeli panini comprised of egg salad, Swiss cheese and Zataar; Takahachi Bakery on Murray St. (at Church) for scrumptious almond-miso cookies. Finally, step on over to Battery Park City where Izzy & Nat’s on South End Ave. (nr. Albany) will tend to all of your appetizing needs.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Cordato’s on Greenwich St. (btw. Rector & Carlisle) - the “secret” bar in the back stopped being a secret 10 years ago and it’s just an average deli. And, the phrase “$5 foot longs” should never be uttered in any true foodie circles. Also, trucks, is anyone else over them? Sorry Tyler Florence.

Places downtown you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: The chicken beiruti sandwich at Baba Ghanouge on Church St. (btw. Chambers & Reade) is amazing. It’s like Primanti Bros. meets the banh mi craze. Not to mention two great slices of NY pizza – first, the jalapeno and bacon slice at The Grotto on New St. (btw. Beaver & Exchange Pl.) and second, the grandma slice at Pizza Italia on Stone St. (btw. Broad & Broadway)

Dream job location, purely for lunch purposes, and why: The FiDi is a good base for lunch operations. You can walk to either Tribeca or the South Street Seaport, and have quick subway access to downtown Brooklyn. Lower Manhattan also boasts a total of eight farmer’s markets! It’s also not overwhelming. If I had all of the dining options of say an East or West Village, my head would explode.

Anything you’d like to ask the downtown Midtown Lunch readers?: You let Mr. Skewer & Co., Klatch, Perle and now Burritoville all go under. How do you sleep at night?

I too mourned Klatch since it was across the street from my office, although not as much as one of my co-workers. I was OK with its demise once I heard that Baoguette was going in there.  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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