PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Vivian”

Every Tuesday I turn over Midtown Lunch to a random Midtown worker, for their favorite places to eat lunch in Midtown.  Normally when I get a picture like this, I’ll ask for a replacement… something “Midtown’ish” and more zoomed in.  Unfortunately, Vivian told me this is the only picture of herself she had at work.  I’m assuming she meant on her computer at work, and not- this was a picture of her ”at work”.  Either way, if this is the pic she wants posted, who am I to stop her. 


Name: Vivian


Education Coordinator

Where in Midtown do you Work?:
Vanderbilt* btw. 44+45th  (Oooh!  You work on Vanderbilt. That’s exciting. -zach

Favorite Kind of Food:

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
Eel.  I love Japanese food, however I tried eel once and I didn’t like it.

Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown:
For sit-down, Park Italian Gourmet on 45th btw. 5+6th. They make the best Italian heros, but also offer hot Italian fare. For take-away, a falafel sandwich from Moshe’s cart on 46th & 5th or the Golden Krust kiosk in Grand Central.  (Another vote for Park Italian.  I will get around to writing about this place eventually… -zach)

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Cucina & Co., but only because it’s across the street!

Place you discovered on Hing Won. Finally, authentic Chinese in Midtown!

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Chinatown- fresh, quality ingredients prepared super fast at amazing prices, what more could a ‘luncher’ ask for!


*Vanderbilt is that little street that runs between 42nd & 47th between Madison and Park… next to Grand Central, and home to Jiannetto’s Pizza Truck (47th & Vanderbilt).  Speaking of Jiannetto’s, I’ve got some news for you- after the jump…  



The second Jiannetto’s Pizza truck is back, and parked on Park Ave. btw. 51+52nd.  The best Sicilian Grandma slices in Midtown, and if you get their early enough… rice balls!  By the looks of the guy sitting in the door, it doesn’t look like the second location is too busy yet.

As always, if you have news, suggestions, or you want to be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er- email me at


  • yay. another park italian fan! maybe you shouldn’t profile it…it might get too crowded.

  • “Fresh, quality food in Chinatown.” Hmm…I don’t know about that. The food there, although cheap, is often times pretty shady.

  • I tried Park Italian’s chicken parm sub after reading some commenters rave about it. Both my friend and I found it to be the height of mediocrity. The restaurant is a sauna, but more importantly, what’s so special about a tray of mushy chicken parm that’s been sitting on a hot plate for half an hour, slopped onto an untoasted white bread sub roll? It wasn’t awful, but certainly nothing special. I really don’t get it, although I’m pretty sure there’s nothing to get. Please explain.

  • lol, I thought that said “nice balls” and I’m like, what? Gosh, I must be more tired than I thought. Sleepless nights catching up to me, but anyway… I figured out where I want to work after my friend’s office moved. After work, step outside and you’re… at St. Mark’s. Tons of cheap Japanese food, izakayas, Indian nearby, great scene, and it’s pretty much where I hang out so I would totally always be on time…

    PS Cosi now has lobster rolls!!!

  • Zach, any comments about the New York Mag street vendor piece? How have I not heard about this guy on 62nd and Madison? Is he outside of the midtown lunch borders? If a guy is as good as that write-up I think he should get some kind of amnesty/exemption.

    Sort of annoying that the top five have to all be in Jackson Heights. I think there’s some reverse borough snobbery happening there…

  • the gelato in front of park italian is awesome. plus the old guy who sometimes serves it has that old country charm. intimidating but endearing.

    and Yvo, amNY has the $2off cosi coupons again. yea!

  • I totally agree with DDR – went to Park Italian a few weeks ago and was not impressed. Not horrible but I just don’t get the hype.

    And Jim – Yes, Tony “The Dragon” Dragonas’s chicken platter is awesome and the portion is huge too. As usually the case with great carts, the line can be very long but very worth the wait it if you have time.

  • PIG is all about the meats. Sopressata, Salami, Pepperoni, Capicola, etc. PLUS the always great fresh mozzarella (which they run out of quick!). Hot plates are OK, but the cold cuts set PIG apart from the rest – a real italian deli. I’ve heard the Reuben is unbelievable as well…

  • Park Italian is totally over-hyped. And after the miserable service the past few times, I’m never going back. The last time I was there, the grouchy sandwich maker was giving me attitude and rolling his eyes after screwing up my sandwich when I asked him to fix it. I’ll take my money elsewhere, thanks.

  • Nooooooo! You mean I paid $8-9 for a stupid retarded sandwich today (and they ran out of the lobster rolls) for NO REASON?! I’ve bene hunting for months in the AMNY to find those coupons but I’ve never seen one so I feel like I’m just not looking hte right places… anyone have a picture or something scanned so I can figure out wtf it looks like? Thanks… I’ll totally owe someone big time for that… *sniffles* Thanks for the tip though “gelato for me”

    PS Since I didn’t get my lobster roll today, I will be going back to Cosi so I will be the crazy girl running around collecting all the AMNY…!

  • same here! i scoured the paper looking for them for months now. it seems like they went on hiatus. hopefully they’re back for a while. last time they ran them every tues and thurs.

    yes, i am obsessed with cosi coupons.

  • Cosi coupons were back in the AM NY today

  • i think it is a fun picture and good suggestions

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