Profile: Midtown Lunch’er “Justin Fox”

Yesterday we wrote about our favorite noodle spot in Midtown… Menchanko-Tei.  So in honor of that, we present to you Justin Fox, a Fortune Magazine Editor at Large, and ramen obsessed Midtown Lunch’er who is just as big a fan of the Menachanko as we are:

Name: Justin Fox

 28  42 (He probably would have wanted us to leave that typo up)

At Large Editor & Writer (He wrote about us a few weeks ago on his blog: The Curious Capitalist)

Where in Midtown do you Work?:
Fortune Magazine

Favorite Kind of Food:
Japanese (or home-cooking)

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
Sandwiches (Editor’s Note:  That may sound crazy to most Midtown Lunch’ers who exists on sandwiches, but I’m right there with Justin on this one… unless it’s Bahn Mi.  I’m all about the Asian sandwich!)

Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown: The Menchanko Soup @ Menchanko-Tei

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often:  I go to Sapporo a lot, but can’t say it’s “too often.” The Time & Life
cafeteria, maybe. But having worked for a couple of years in Birmingham,
Alabama, where I ate lunch four days out of five at the same “meat-and-three”
restaurant a block from the office, I’m really not going to complain. (Although
I do kinda miss that restaurant.)

Place you discovered on Kati Roll

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why?  Tokyo… and I think it’s pretty clear why.

Anything else you’d like to add?  Midtown Lunch has changed my life (or at the very least it has made me a little fatter)

A new Midtown Japanese, our controversial favorite Ramen outside of Midtown, and how you can be the next profiled Midtown Lunch’er… after the jump.

I understand how people feel about the “mushy” noodles at Momofuku Noodle Bar (and after eating at Menchanko-Tei I can sort of understand what people mean) but it’s still our favorite place in New York City… although that might be more for the pigs tails (right) then the Ramen (although we do love the Ramen too).

For Sushi afficianados, we heard some great news yesterday.  According to Thrillist UES Sushi of Gari is opening up a third branch in Hell’s Kitchen on 46th btw. 8th & 9th… it’s a little too expensive to qualify for a Midtown Lunch but it will be a great addition to the neighborhood.

If you are interested in being the next Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er and sharing your favorites with the world… email us @


  • I assume you worked for one of the Southern Progress magazines… what meat and 3 was near brookwood?

    - orig from b’ham

  • Mm… yummy… thank goodness it’s 12:30 because reading this suddenly turned my stomach into a really angry, grumbly animal…

  • To answer EJC’s question: I worked downtown at the B’ham News, and the restaurant was Kent’s Magic City Dining Room.

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