What does TONY know about Pizza???

November 30, 2006

I don’t eat a ton of Pizza for lunch, so I haven’t written about too many pizza places.  In my view, it’s hard to go horribly wrong ordering a slice of pie in this city.  Sure there are better slices than others- but there aren’t too many horrible slices- even in Midtown.  And if you think that isn’t true- try living in L.A. for two years.  One of the only decent slices I had there was from a place that claimed to fly their water in twice a week from New York City… and it wasn’t even that good.  Of course, if you are crazy enough to fly your water in from another city just to make pizza, you are creating expectations that are going to be too great to overcome.  (“Really?  They flew in water from New York and it tastes like this???”) 

Well, if you are one of those people who only eats the “best” pizza this city has to offer Time Out New York has just released their Pizza issue.  Ironically enough, I was planning on writing about Two Boots today- the New Orleans/Italy (hence the “Two Boots”) pizza place with locations all over NYC (and two in Midtown)… but it wasn’t even mentioned (not even in the “Oddball” category).  Anyway, New Yorkers love arguing about what’s the best pie in the city.  In fact, the “Best Hamburger” argument that has been raging lately is probably just people who got sick of arguing about the best slice.  Rather than re-hash it all, I’ll just point out the Midtown slices worthy of Tony’s mention.

The list, after the jump…

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November 29, 2006

Midtown Lunch has a new home located at


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PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Elizabeth”

November 28, 2006

Every Tuesday I turn over Midtown Lunch to a random Midtown worker, for their favorite places to eat lunch in Midtown. This week, it’s Liz- a sales assistant for the company that owns the Food Network!  I love the Food Network… it’s like porn for fat guys.


Age: 24

Occupation:Sales Assistant

Where in Midtown do you Work?:Scripps Network (Food Network, HGTV, etc)  6th Ave. btw. 46+47th

Favorite Kind of Food:  Too many to name, but probably Italian.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: I pretty much like everything, although my least favorite is probably salad (or healthfood).  Editor’s Note:  If your favorite food is healthfood or salad, you are probably reading the wrong blog!

Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown:  The falafel sandwich with Baba @ Bread & Olive.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often:  Probably Bread & Olive… also Manhattan Cafe

Place you discovered on MidtownLunch.com:  Daisy May’s BBQ cart.  Also, I discovered that Variety Cafe was no longer up to health code standards, which was a good thing to know because I used to eat there a lot.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why?  Dallas, TX on Oaklawn & Maple (where I used to work).  The job was bad- but Herrera’s (great Mexican food) was right down the street.  Also New Orleans, anywhere close to Crabby Jack’s. 

Well Liz, in defense of Variety Cafe, there are very few places in Midtown that haven’t been shut down for health code violations… (but I understand how you feel- I haven’t been back to Variety either).  I also haven’t been back to Bread & Olive since I wrote about it in June as part of “Falafel Week“.  I’ll have to check it out soon…

Also, you’ll be interested to know that the one Daisy May’s cart still in Midtown for the winter has moved again!  Find out where, plus how you can be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er- after the jump…

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FIRST LOOK: Supermac & Goodburger Now Open!

November 27, 2006

Midtown Lunch has a new home located at


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The Lunch Before Thanksgiving Post, Midtown Links & the end of the short week wrap up…

November 22, 2006

Make no mistake about it, meals on the day before Thanksgiving are very important.  There’s alot of eating to be done tomorrow- but don’t make the enormous error of starving yourself the day before in anticipation of Turkey, stuffing and all the fixins.  Starving yourself will result in a shrunken stomach, that won’t be able to take the onslaught that is surely to happen tomorrow afternoon.  The best thing you can do is stuff yourself today… stretch that stomach out as far as it will go, and tomorrow you will wake up ready to win the game!

I had a few ideas for lunch today.  The first one is obvious.  If you are geting a half day, wait until you get off and go somewhere else for a *good* lunch.  Midtown sucks.  Failing that, I think an all you can eat buffet is the perfect pre-thanksgiving day lunch.  Stuff your face, stretch that stomach out and prepare your body for the big feast tomorrow.  Here’s some of the cheap buffets in Midtown that you can “train” at:

  • Rangole, 46th btw. 5+6th, Cheap Indian
  • Arang, 32nd btw. 5+B’way, Korean & Sushi
  • Todai, 32nd btw. Mad+5th, Japanese
  • Al Baraka, 55th btw. 3+Lex, Turkish

If you need motivation, picture how disappointed your Mom will be tomorrow when you don’t have room for seconds.  Prepare yourself properly.  Godspeed.

For Midtown Links you definitely want to know about, plus a sneak peak at next week’s lunch spots- after the jump.

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PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Alex”

November 21, 2006

Every Tuesday I turn over Midtown Lunch to a random Midtown worker, for their favorite places to eat lunch in Midtown. This week, it’s Alex- a Bank Analyst who’d rather be eating lunch in Japan (or St. Marks Place!)

Name: Alex

Age: 26

Occupation: Analyst at a Bank

Where in Midtown do you Work?:Lex. btw. 45+46th (but our office is moving to Park and 23rd at the end of the year)

Favorite Kind of Food:  Meat or Veg with Rice (in this order- Japanese, Chinese, Carts, Indian, Mexican Burritos).

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Anything with Cilantro

Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown:  Bento boxes and rice balls at Cafe Zaiya.  (Although Oms/b has great looking rice balls, the Spicy Tuna rice ball at Zaiya is more tasty.)  Also, the Amish Market Proscuitto brick oven sandwich is a perfect blend of melted cheese, spinach and salty ham with a warm brick oven bun.  Finally, this sit down Japanese restaurant called Don-buri (Hamburg steak and all the different sets, light the fire in my stomach).  Plus you can have lunch there for less than $15 including tip.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often:  Don-Buriya, however we end up eating at our desk most of the time and everyone has their own favorites… Sophie’s, Hale & Hearty, Metro, Amish Market, Hop Won & Chipotle.

Place you discovered on MidtownLunch.com:  Just Salad

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why?  Tokyo (like the previous profiled lunch’er Justin), with all the choices at the food supermarkets in the huge department stores.  You would be amazed by all the choices of ramen, yakitori, bento, sushi, donburi, appetizers, etc.  In NYC, there is no one spot for me, but I do like the mixture of flavors in and around St. Marks Place. 

Anything you’d like to add?  Although I haven’t found a burrito place better than Anna’s Taqueria in Boston, Pampano Taqueria’s Alambre Burrito is the closest thing I have tasted because of the mix of meat, rice, beans, salad, melted cheese, guacamole and sour cream.  It’s the best combo to have in a burrito- unlike Chipotle (awaiting the backlash…) where cilantro rules the flavor of everything!

I think you are pretty safe from the Chipotle backlash on this site Alex.  MidtownLunch practically began with a week-long bashing of the new Chipotle that opened up underneath my building.  I’m still searching for a good burrito as well.

How you can be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er- after the jump…

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Pumpkin Three Ways from Chiyoda Sushi

November 20, 2006

I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of Thanksgiving.  Yes, I am a fat man.  Yes I love to stuff my face.  Me & Thanksgiving sound like a match made in heaven.  But as you can tell from this blog, I love ethnic food, so turkey and stuffing just don’t do it for me.  American Thanksgiving is boring.  Thankfully, America is full of immigrants, not satisfied with putting just turkey out on the table.  My step-mom cooks great Italian food- so Thanksgiving at my Dad’s includes Lasagna.  I think I would like Cuban Thanksgiving too.  One of my co-workers (who is Cuban) said they have roast pork, in addition to Turkey.  I’ve never been to a Chinese Thanksgiving, but if they had roast duck (or General Tso’s chicken) in addition to their turkey, I’d probably like that too. 

I didn’t plan on writing about Thanksgiving this week, but on Friday I found a little treat that was perfect to write about this week- and of course it was at a Japanese place.  On Friday I was walking down what is becoming one of my favorite streets to eat lunch in Midtown- 41st btw. Madison & 5th.  There are only three places, and they are all Japanese- but each place offers up it’s own distinct experience of take-out Japanese fare.  There is Yagura (a no frills supermarket with a small and cheap selection of made to order bento boxes), Cafe Zaiya (a slightly nicer, always packed bakery with pre-made bento boxes, rice balls and tons of other treats) and Chiyoda- the place I decided to pop into on Friday.

When I first found this amazing street, Cafe Zaiya was like a dream come true.  Fun, exciting and packed with tons of amazing foods at super cheap prices.  Chiyoda, in contrast,  seemed like a slightly nicer sushi place, that was trying to mimic the success of Cafe Zaiya by offering a limited selection of rice balls and bento boxes in addition to pre-made sushi.  In the past few months they have undergone a subtle makeover, and have now come into their own- offering upscale (but still inexpensive) treat, including small dishes like an avocado and salmon tartare, interesting looking Omusubi (rice balls) and an assortment of delicious looking salads, tempura, odon and more… all available to go.  But more on Chiyoda another time… this is my Thanksgiving post!

I found three delicious looking Pumpkin treats at Chiyoda… and decided they would make for a great pre-Thanksgiving post.  Check it out… after the jump:

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