PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Thomas”
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 Thomas who works in the area of Soho that gets most of the food truck traffic, and takes full advantage of it.
Name: Thomas Whittle
Occupation: Broadcast design (on-air visuals for a certain humor-centric TV channel)
Where you work: Hudson and King
Favorite kinds of food: BBQ and Asian-influenced cuisine, specifically anything where weird animal parts are involved.
Least favorite foods: Anything I’ve had a thousand times before is hard to get excited about. Italian food is generally enjoyable, but I’ve had it so many ways over the years that I can’t imagine a scenario where I’d get excited about it…which has caused some tension in certain relationships I’ve had.
Favorite Lunches Downtown: Where we work, it’s all about the rise of food trucks…everyone I work with follows more than a few trucks on Twitter to figure out what is going to be for lunch on a given day. Since there haven’t traditionally been a lot of options here, we’ve taken to the recent growth of the food truck trend ravenously. Starting with the Taiwanese fried chicken from the Bian Dang truck (which has sadly abandoned our location…what gives?!), we’ve flocked to the Schnitzel & Things truck, Red Hook Lobster Pound truck, Korilla BBQ, and more. I’m pretty excited that the Cinnamon Snail has decided to grace our neck of the woods, and am always looking for that next great mobile food option. When I’m feeling fancy, they just started offering lunch at the West Village Fatty ‘Cue, which while not exactly cheap, is most certainly delicious.
The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: While we tend to favor the boutique trucks that come by, in the absence of those there are a few glorified delis that we frequent…Little Italy Pizza & Deli on Varick (btw. Charlton & King) that’s great for a sandwich or a slice. The banh mi from Baoguette on Christopher St. is a favorite when it warms up and we can step out for a walk.
Places downtown you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Downtown? Most recently I discovered Snack on Thompson (btw. Spring & Prince) thanks to ML Downtown. The lamb sandwich was as good as you promised!
That is the same question I ask myself everyday, depending on what’s new that needs checking out versus how much time I have for lunch. Today for instance, is feeling like a falafel kind of day. Where are you all headed for lunch these days? 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 email@example.com.