PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Cheryl”

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 Cheryl- the girl who introduced us to Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine! (full review coming soon)

Name: Cheryl


Research Manager at a Non-Profit

Where in Midtown do you Work?:
Lexington btw. 40th & 41st

Favorite Kind of Food:
Salty kinds.  For example, iskender, a Turkish dish consisting of a layer of cut up pita bread, covered with shaved lamb, tomato sauce (which makes the pita bread totally soggy and delicious), and yogurt.  If you order this dish in Turkey, they pour a ladle full of hot butter on top.  It makes my mouth water to think about it.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: 
Sweet kinds.  Especially any kind of dessert that includes whole chunks of fruit, such as apple pie.  Blech. 

Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown: I have two.  The first is Sophie’s Cuban (Lex. btw. 40+41st) and it’s not just because it’s the closest place to my office, it’s also the best in the neighborhood.  Any of the pork sandwiches are amazing, the roast pork entree with black beans and yellow rice if you’re feeling a little more extravagant, and ALWAYS get the green spicy sauce.  We also like what we call “the rice ball place” (because how does one pronounce Oms/b) on 45th btw. Lex & 3rd.  I order 3 pieces: lobster, hijiki, and tuna, and a miso soup.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often:  Delmonicos, a block away.  Their formula (the midtown deli) sucks, but their BLT with avocado on rye is a weekly necessity.

Place you discovered on Hurry & Tasty Curry

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why?  Sunset Park (Brooklyn).  The Asian and Mexican lunch options are delicious, cheap and plentiful.

If Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine sounded good to you, but you work a little too north to hit up the Lexington & 41st st. location- I’ve got some important info for you after the jump… (plus, how you can be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er)

Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine is opening a new branch on 56th St. between 5th & 6th Ave.  No word on the opening date, but Midtown north should be looking forward to what the workers around Lexington and 41st have already discovered:  quick, and reasonably priced Cuban dishes like roast pork (pernil), oxtails, steak and onions, pork chops and more- all served with rice, beans and plantains.  They also have wide range of sandwiches (all endorsed by Cheryl).  We’ll keep you updated on the progress… after all, not everybody has time to walk to Margon.

To be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er, and share your favorites with the eating public… just email me at


  • Am checking out Sophie’s today!

    Delmonico’s? Isn’t that way downtown? Looked it up on citysearch/menupages, no sign of a mid-town Delmonico’s…

  • to the above commenter; think she meant a deli, not delmonico’s the steakhouse. the deli might not rate a mention on citysearch/menupages, as there is a flux of delis all over.

    yummy! cuban!

    also wondering if you knew about kyotofu

  • yeah, yvo is right — delmonico’s on lex is your typical boring deli.
    christopher, hope you liked sophie’s! it’s delish!

  • Sophie’s was great — had to go with the Cuban on the first visit, looking forward to trying some other things there in the future. It did not, however, unseat my favorite Cuban in the city — Brisas Del Mar on B’way and Broome. (It’s cheaper there too, and they have Bud tallboys!) Never had a Cuban with mustard before, as they do at Sophie’s — was a little put off by the idea of it at first, but it works!

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