PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Jody”

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 Jody who mostly eats within a few block radius of work, but is willing to travel farther afield in nice weather for things like wings.

 width=Name: Jody Leggio

Occupation: Television Editor.  I also have a food blog (doesn’t everyone?) about wings.  (

Where you work: 6th Ave. between Watts and Grand

Age: 32

Favorite Kinds of Food: Things I can eat without utensils: Tacos, pizza, kati rolls, sopes, wings, moo shu, shawarma on laffa…

Least Favorite Foods: Frozen fish sticks.  They’re the only thing my mom would let me get away with not eating when I was a kid.

Favorite Lunches Downtown: Felini on semolina from Alidoro on Sullivan (btw. Spring & Prince); Chorizo sopes from Papatzul on Grand (at W. Broadway); Grilled wings from South Houston on W. Broadway (at Grand); Miso-glazed salmon from Mooncake Foods on Watts (btw. Thompson & 6th); Chicken cutlet parmesan from Torrisi Italian Specialties on Mulberry (at Prince).

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Mooncake Foods is so quick and easy, so it’s kind of the default lunch spot. It’s tasty and reasonably priced though so no complaints from me.

Places downtown you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Calexico Cart (Multiple Locations), Torrisi Italian Specialties, Korilla BBQ truck, Taim Mobile.

Dream job location, purely for lunch purposes, and why: I’m pretty happy here in NYC.  Maybe we don’t have the perfect taco and maybe there are countries in Asia with better street food, but if you look hard enough you can always seem to find what you’re looking for… more or less.

Anything you’d like to ask the downtown Midtown Lunch readers?: Can I ask two questions?  I’m running out of places to try wings in the area.  Now that the weather is starting to cooperate a little more, I’m willing to travel down into Tribeca or up into the Village/West Village.  Any suggestions?  Also, where’s the good street meat down here?  Thanks!

You could always try South’s on Church (btw. White & Franklin) for wings. Mudville 9 on Chambers St. (btw. Church & W. Broadway ) has great wings, but that might be a little far south for your purposes. Street meat or wing suggestions anybody? 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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    You can try Wogie’s for wings. It’s in the west village, not soho, but they may deliver. Great cheesesteaks too.

  • How about Walker’s for wings.

    For your Street Meat fix, I love H&M Halal on the corner of Beach St. and Greenwich (note this is not the XPL, it’s the other cart there).

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    Thanks guys… I’ll add those spots to my list. I have taken the walk down to Mudville 9 and it was well worth it. I have also been to the H&M Halal cart and I think you’re right. It’s probably the best in the area that I’ve had so far.

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