PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Lisa”

Every Tuesday I turn over Midtown Lunch to a random worker, for their favorite places to eat lunch in Midtown. My grammar and spelling is pretty terrible, but if there are any typos in today’s (or is it todays?) post there is something seriously wrong.  Meet Lisa, a copy editor who will not eat anything that “comes with a stomach”.

Name: Lisa


Copyeditor (but my true love is photography)

Where in Midtown do you Work?:
48th and Broadway

Favorite Kind of Food:
Breakfast is king. Give me some cinnamon whole wheat french toast and crumbly crunchy bacon and I will love you forever. Cuisine-wise, the cuteness of Japanese food just kills me. Everything is so little and perfect looking, like art that you can eat.

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
I won’t eat anything that comes with a stomach. This means no lobster, mussels, clams, shrimp or sardines. I’ve never liked mustard. I’m not a fan of peaches. Sea urchin, oh my. That was bad. French food doesn’t agree with my system in the same way fried food doesn’t.  (So… I’m guessing tripe is out of the question?  Technically it doesn’t *have* a stomach, because it *is* stomach. -zach)

Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown:
I have not had the ultimate lunch experience in Midtown. Please don’t be too disappointed. I wander the streets every day at 12:30 trying to find it but it just hasn’t happened yet. On a bad day I go to smelly old Food Emporium, buy groceries and make something. Yes, it’s that bad. I would sample more MidtownLunch picks but I’m trying to eat better and want to find the healthier lunching options this city has to offer. I think some must exist.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Thalia Kitchen (50th btw. 7+8th). They have fresh, healthy and generous salads and sandwiches and homemade yogurt. The ladies behind the counter are nice and it’s sort of a secret spot. Shhhh.

Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Chiyoda and Azuri Cafe. Wowee Zowee. Thanks! I’ve been meaning to try Sophie’s Cuban. Oms/b, too but it’s pretty far from where I’m at.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? In NYC: Flushing so I could have more cheap and delicious food options — banh mi or sam bo fan for $5 or less! In the World: Japan so I could collect adorable bento boxes and fill them with supercute foods

Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Where do you go when you want something healthy? Besides sushi or salad after salad does this even exist in midtown?


Where to begin.  You don’t like fried food.  Why do you read this blog?  You won’t eat shrimp and lobster.  How do you expect to beat the buffets and Mongolian BBQs?  Looking for something healthy?  You have come to the wrong place.  Coincidentally enough, I did have my go-to “healthy” lunch yesterday.  Check it out after the jump…


The Bi Bim Bap at Ambrosia Deli on 45th btw. 5+6th.  This is what I eat when I’m trying to be “healthy”.  It does have a lot of veggies!  I don’t know if I should proud of myself or ashamed.  Anyway, if you’ve got some better suggestions for Lisa, feel free to post them as comments below.

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


  • Lisa: Sophie’s is good, but healthy it ain’t. I can’t imagine anything worse for you (or more delicious) than a plate full of their pernil with green sauce, rice and maduros.
    By the way, I enjoyed your photography site. Where did you find the graffito of the girl on the brick wall (pic 15 of 23)? Please post the answer! Thanks.

  • A real “eat to live” type here. Not sure I understand the stomach thing but to each their own. If you are interested in serious healthy eating then you have to go to, The Pump on 55th between 5th and 6th Aves.

  • yeah I second pump for good veggie burgers etc. I’m a little confused about the stomach thing too. Are you saying you’re a vegetarian? Or are you saying you won’t eat something that is served to you with its stomach included? B/c in that case, most of the world is your oyster– errr.. not oyster… slice of pizza?

  • Yea I was confused until I realized it’s “COMES with a stomach” not “has a stomach/had one at one point”. It’s kind of dirty I guess. Ah well. What about lobster salad or LOBSTER ROLLS! No stomach in there! Promise.

    PS Lisa, if you like bento, visit my site! I wasn’t going to link but I guess you might get a lil lost… here you go. (scroll down a bit)
    Also, and – fantastic sites for bento ideas. You don’t have to go to Japan to make bento ;)

  • Liv Tyler thang going on thur Lisa, very nice :)

  • SNOOOOOOOZE. for next week’s profile, will you please get someone who actually eats interesting food and has good suggestions? thanks.

  • Comment from bor-ing
    Time: August 14, 2007, 2:50 pm

    SNOOOOOOOZE. for next week’s profile, will you please get someone who actually eats interesting food and has good suggestions? thanks.


  • Yeah, the last couple of profiles just dont seem like the type that even really -like- food.

    Find us a hottie whose favourite food -is- tripe.

  • Not eating fried foods and stomach means the terrorists win! What is with the armada of food- and freedom-haters profiled here?

  • i’m a lurker here and usually love the midtown profiles but this was a snooze fest!

  • the masses rise up. my work is done here.


    get her some tofu, and spend the rest on wine = everyones happy!

  • Not only but also, everyone is entitled to their own likes/dislikes.

    Quite Frankly if the lass looks like liv tyler she could eat unicorn eyeballs and id still like her.

  • i’d lean toward the tofu & wine, rudy… unicorn eyeballs would make for a decidedly expensive date, methinks.

  • This profile blows. It reminds me of the one from about six months ago where the person didn’t answer most of the questions. This one is better, but not by much. Am I blind or is there no “favorite place” for Lisa?

  • Chop’t for their overpriced but oh so good salads. The fruit salad stand on 52nd and park. 5 dollars buys you a HUGE container of fresh fruit salad.

  • Comment from Rudy McBagel
    Time: August 14, 2007, 5:47 pm
    Quite Frankly if the lass looks like liv tyler she could eat unicorn eyeballs and id still like her.

    no offense to lisa but she doesnt look like liv tyler at all.

  • Wait!? Where can I get unicorn eyeballs midtown?! Usually I have to go to this Asian/Mythical fusion place over in Narnia…

  • Does too.

  • if my interview wasn’t exciting enough for midtown lunch, zach would have decided not to put it up, but he did!
    to be very honest i’m just a ‘midtown lunch’ naughty food voyeur. i like to read about it and see the pictures more than i’d like to ingest 1000 calorie lunches! that and i have a sensitive stomach.
    re: the comes with a stomach thing – yes, i meant food that is served with the stomach attached.
    and you can follow this link for proof that i do like food!

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