PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Sara”

Every Tuesday we step aside and let a real life Midtown eater give their pics for the best places to grab lunch in Midtown.  In honor of this past weekend’s Oyster Festivals, we present Sara- the oyster fanatic.

Name: Sara



Where in Midtown do you Work?:
The Harry Fox Agency, 44th St. & 3rd Ave.

Favorite Kind of Food:
New England-style seafood. Chowdah, lobster rolls, steamers, and anything else you can picture a grizzled old fisherman pulling from the sea. I love those guys.

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
That phrase means nothing to me. I will try almost anything. I thought I didn’t like meatloaf, but then I had some at a friend’s house recently and it turns out that I just don’t like bad meatloaf.

Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown:The Grand Central Oyster Bar. Once every 4 months or so, I will take myself there as a special treat, and eat 1/2 dozen Wellfleet oysters and 1/2 dozen kumamotos or whatever else looks good, and as many free biscuits as they will give me. Can’t afford it more often than that, but I wish I could eat oysters there every day.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: The Amish Market on 45th and 2nd. The salad bar has a good variety of foods (often including expensive ingredients that would cost more separately) and the hot bar is pretty decent as well. Good soups, excellent sandwiches, but avoid the sushi.

Place you discovered on Cafe Zaiya. A friend of mine had been searching for Mont Blanc pastries like the ones she had in Italy for a long time but had never found them in New York. I saw them at Cafe Zaiya and told her about it. Apparently she had been eating lunch there every day for months but had never bothered to look in the pastry case. She loved them!

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why?  Tomales Bay, CA. That’s where the Hog Island Oyster Company is, and that is where I would like to spend the rest of my life: oyster heaven. In New York, I’d love to work within walking distance of Chinatown and all the great food that comes out of that neighborhood. I can’t imagine getting away health-wise with spending $1 for lunch at Tasty Dumpling every day, but it sure is nice to dream about.

Thanks for the profile Sara.  I like my oysters big… and for those- there’s only one place to go.  A picture of one of my favorite Oyster places, plus how to be next week’s Midtown Lunch Profile, after the jump…

Casamento’s on Magazine St., New Orleans, LA
(pic courtesty of robholland on flickr)

Got a favorite place to eat lunch in Midtown that you want to share? Be next week’s Profiled Midtown Lunch’er.  Just email the answers to the questions above (plus anything else you want to add) to 


  • Although I disapprove of some of her food choices, I must say that this Midtown Lunch’er is super cute and a gourmand, to boot!

  • All I keep hearing about lately is oysters! I’m almost ready to get over my prior dislike (hey, tastes change, right?) and give them another go. That and raw clams.

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