PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Julia”

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 Julia- the current leader for most jobs listed by a Profiled Midtown Lunch’er (including a stint at Burritoville!). She likes all-you-can-eat Chinese buffets, so she’s alright with me!

Name: Julia


Part-Time Receptionist/Music Industry Drop-Out/Yoga Teacher Trainee

Where in Midtown do you Work?:
53rd & Madison

Favorite Kind of Food:
Sushi, until I became Vegetarian. Still Asian food probably- Udon Noodle Soup, thai peanut sauces, Pad See Ew (wide noodles) and chinese eggplant. Plus anything Italian. I like noodles and rice and tofu alot.

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
Mexican. I used to work at Burritoville… no horror stories at all, they’re fantastic- but I burnt out on Mexican food in high school. Also, I don’t like Papaya very much. Smells like armpits to me.

Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown:
Bunchberries on 53rd btw. 2nd & 3rd. Scallion pancakes and mac & cheese. And I hate to say it but I’ve been trying to bring lunch from home lately. (Editor’s Note: I usually will only go as far as 3rd Ave. But for a place that serves scallion pancakes and mac & cheese… I might be willing to go the extra half an avenue!)

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: I don’t really have one… but my boyfriend’s is Woorijip on 32nd St. btw. Broadway & 5th. They go there so much they’ve already collected enough stamps to get two aprons!

Place you discovered on Indian Cart on 53rd and Park, lots of noodle shops, and Ho Yip (actually, I might have found that myself, but you endorsed it)

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Scarily enough, I kind of loved working at 40th and 6th ave. There was a salad bar place Cranberries that made a million good things, and there were all these tolerable carts and pizza shops and soup places and such. If I picked my real favorite good lunch spot, it would be my natural supermarket Perelandra in Brooklyn Heights — I feel healthy just smelling the place. Or Houston Street / West Village. There’s a lot there…

Anything else you’d like to say? I’d like to thank everyone who helped me get this honor today. My ex-boss Patrick, for being so impossible to work with that I was lead to my true calling, and sent my ass temping around the city in the interim. My Long Island Jewish family who dutifully introduced me to Chinese buffets. Jonah for introducing me to Woorijip. My data-entry temp co-workers of the summer who put me onto Midtown Lunch. Thank you Midtown Lunch. My life is forever changed.

Um… thanks, I guess? By the way… if Woorijip is you boyfriend’s “Goto” lunch, I’m super jealous. I wish I worked in Koreatown. Pics of my last lunch from Woorijip (plus how you can be one of the new year’s first Profiled: Midtown Lunch’ers- after the jump).

If you’ve never been to Woorijip before, it’s sort of like a Korean version of Cafe Zaiya on 32nd btw. B’way & 5th. The last time I ate there, I grabbed the fried squid you see above and ate it on the run. It wasn’t hot- but it was still tasty… A complete +/- of this place will be coming soon!

Midtown Lunch is off next week, so Julia is our last Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er of 2006!!! But fear not… we’re kicking of 2007 with a bang. I’ll be in Thailand the first week of January so I’m turning over the site to you… Every day for the first week of 2007 will feature a new Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er. Want to tell everyone your New Year’s wishes for Midtown? Want to be one of the first Profiled: Midtown Lunch’ers of 2007? Email me at


  • Wow, Thailand! Awesome, have a fantastic time and eat *everything* in sight, okay?!

    PS I like the hot wings from those kinds of Korean cafes. And gimbap. Mmm, Korean sushi.

    PPS I just got codes for free cheese! What’s comte?

  • Ick, it’s Swiss (I’m not a fan of Swiss, though Havarti is doable sometimes). Anyway, posting it now.

    **Posted them :) ~ Enjoy!!!

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