PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Joe”

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 Joe who’s a comedian by night, and a resident of the Financial District who has a thing for some penne vodka.

Name: Joe Masse

Occupation: Stand up comedian

Where you work: During the day I work/write from my home office on Fulton & William streets.

Age: 26

Favorite kinds of food: Steak, ribs, pizza

Least favorite foods: Tofu, vegetables, anything my mom told me to eat growing up.

Favorite lunches downtown: My absolute favorite is Rosella’s Pizza on William St. ( btw. Beekman & Ann). I order the penne vodka at least three times a week, then pretend I can speak Italian.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: When doing a spot downtown, I eat at Brick NYC on Warren St. (btw. B’way & Church) which is on top of a comedy club called Tribeca Comedy Club. A lot of other comics and I eat there because the food is delicious, isn’t too pricey and it’s super convenient for us.

Places downtown you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Downtown? The Urban Lobster Shack down on Stone Street. They do it right! (Or they used to before they quietly closed…)

Dream job location, purely for lunch purposes, and why: The Financial District is actually perfect for lunch spots.  Late night food is scarce, but if you’re downtown during the day the possibilities are literally endless.

Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch: Downtown readers? Anybody want to buy me my next Rosella’s penne vodka?

No free lunches from me, but I’d also recommend the made-to-order pasta at Zigolini’s if you’re willing to pay $10 for it. 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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