PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Frank”
Where you work: Water and Broad
Favorite kinds of food: Tacos (authentic + Taco Bell chalupas); dry-aged steak; cured meats with cheese (speck + piave); fried chicken (Southern + Korean); BBQ (all styles); bread pudding; horchata.
Least favorite foods: Raw seafood. I don’t eat sushi. Most people don’t trust my taste in food after hearing that.
Favorite lunches downtown: Sophie’s Cuban (Multiple Locations). If they have oxtail, I’ll get that with sweet plantains and yellow rice and I ask for the smaller pieces of oxtail because they seem to “fall off the bone” more. If not, I’ll get a pernil sandwich with sweet plantains, loaded up with onions, mayo and green sauce. Tacos Morelos Truck for a cemita with any meat. San Luis Tacos Truck at Front & Wall for carnitas tacos – because it’s got some pig ear bits in there for some crunch. Bian Dang Truck for the “Porken” – half a chicken, half a pork chop – over rice with a tea egg. The Banh Mi Cart at Hanover Sq. & Pearl for a grilled pork banh mi, a “little spicy” with some fish sauce. Indian Biryani Delights Cart on Water (btw. Maiden Ln. & Pine) for chicken biryani. Veronica’s Kitchen Cart at Front btw. Maiden Lane & Cedar for jerk chicken with candied yams + collard greens. Obao at Coenties Slip & Water for pho bo (great in the winter). Chop’t on Pearl (btw. Maiden & Cedar) for a Santa Fe salad with fried chicken. I can’t eat a salad that doesn’t have any meat in it.
The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Winter: Obao, because the pho bo warms you up. Spring: Chop’t, because beach season is coming up. Summer: Food trucks because the days have fewer meetings and there’s more time to go exploring places that are a little farther away. Fall: Sophie’s, because things are getting back into a groove, and you always know you can count on Sophie’s.
Places downtown you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Downtown? Indian Biryani Delights Cart, Tacos Morelos Truck, San Luis Tacos Truck, Veronica’s Kitchen Cart, and probably many more but I don’t remember them all.
Dream job location, purely for lunch purposes, and why: I’ve worked in Tribeca, Midtown East and Long Island City, but I’m loving where I am now in the Financial District (for lunch purposes). Maybe a few blocks north would give me quicker access to my favorite spots, but I really can’t complain about the variety. The fact that most of the food trucks I enjoy in the FiDi are there every day also helps. I don’t have to check Twitter all the time to see who is going to be parked where.
Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch: Downtown readers? Can we start an online petition of some kind to bring back Popeye’s (the Fulton St. location closed in 2011), and open a Taco Bell? To balance out the healthiness of the area, maybe we throw in a Just Salad too.