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, we have Matthew who works about as far down in Manhattan as you can without being in the water, and is looking for more good Indian food options.
Occupation: Electronic discovery
Where you work: Battery Place
Favorite kinds of food: I always crave pizza, good deli sandwiches, sushi, Indian, and Mexican.
Least favorite foods: I probably eat Chinese food least.
Favorite lunches downtown: When my inner discipline is strong, I don’t go to Pizza Italia on Stone St. (btw. Whitehall & Broad) and order one buffalo chicken slice and one grandma round slice. After surviving three years of mediocre pizza in California, I gave up great Mexican for great pizza and it was worth it. I also get a lot of Italian heros at Champs Gourmet Deli (Multiple Locations) and roast pork at Sophie’s Cuban (Multiple Locations). FIKA on Pearl (nr. Coenties Slip) has great coffee and even better scones.
The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: For a while it was Burger Burger on Pearl (at Stone), but many have stayed local with the colder weather and get sandwiches at West Bank Gourmet on West St. (at Morris).
Places downtown you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Downtown? So many places are too far uptown for me but I ventured all the way to Front & Pine for the San Luis Taco truck a while back. From their Twitter it doesn’t look like they’re around anymore, sadly.
Dream job location, purely for lunch purposes, and why: Tribeca seems to have a lot of good places all right next to each other. I’m comparatively in the boonies across the street from Battery Park so I’m a little jealous.
Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch: Downtown readers? For Indian food I have only gone to Bombay’s on Pearl (nr. Coenties Slip). What’s worth the trip because there isn’t a whole lot very close to me?
Wow, you are in a complete dead zone for Indian food, although Bombay’s is seriously one of the best in the FiDi. If you’re not afraid of carts or a little walk, the Biryani House carts at either Broadway & Liberty or William & Maiden Lane can fix you up. Who else has better Indian suggestions in Matthew’s neck of the woods? 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.