PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Adam”

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 Adam who is a transplant from midtown but has made a good dent in downtown dining options. And he needs your help in finding some good drinking spots.


Name: Adam Prato

Occupation: IT manager in finance

Where you work: West Soho

Age: 37

Favorite Kinds of Food: No changes since my Midtown Lunch profile - Spicy food (Indian, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Szechuan), Mediterranan (Turkish, Greek, Moroccan), European (Italian, Spanish, Portugese, Scandinavian, Irish, Eastern European, etc.), North/South American (Barbecue, Steakhouses, Peruvian, Brazilian, Argentinian), etc, etc, etc…

Least Favorite Foods: Japanese, French

Favorite Lunches Downtown: Mooncake Foods on Watts (btw. Thompson & 6th Ave.) – beef shin or steak sandwich is the best bang for the buck from all the places I’ve tried; Alidoro on Sullivan (btw. Prince & Spring) – having grown up in Bensonhurst, this place really brings back memories for a real Italian hero; Grand Deli on Grand St. (btw. Thompson & W. Broadway) – it’s a generic deli, but they do a great job on their rotisserie chicken; Pinche Taqueria (Multiple Locations), Yatagan Kebab House on MacDougal (at Bleecker) - you’ll never eat the “lamb meatloaf” from a cart ever again if you go here for their real lamb doner kebab.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Grand Deli (it’s a great relief from the expensive + fancy places in W. Soho), Cafe Duke on Broadway (btw. Spring & Prince); both are generic delis.

Places downtown you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Mooncake Foods, Schnitzel & Things Truck, Calexico Cart (Multiple Locations), Peep on Prince (btw. Sullivan & Thompson), Nyonya on Grand (btw. Mulberry & Mott), Alidoro

Dream job location, purely for lunch purposes, and why: NYC, but in a parallel universe where we have real Mexican food. My friends from New Mexico tell me that Los Dos Molinos is the place to go, and they’re closing from what I hear.

Anything you’d like to ask the downtown Midtown Lunch readers?: What’s a good place in the area for a cheap happy hour for a large group of people (thus, mingling space, not sit-down space), other than Peculier Pub (which seems to be our default). I wouldn’t have to ask if there were a Downtown Happy Hour segment on Downtown Lunch :)

Is there any bar downtown that has mingling space? I only know of smaller ones like Fanelli Cafe and the Ear Inn. I’ve heard South’s Bar on Church St. is good. Anyone else know of a more spacious place for drinking? 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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