PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Shauna”

I’m in England, so every day this week I’m turning over the site to one of you.  Today’s Midtown Lunch’er is Shauna, a fashion research editor who would rather be lunch’ing Queens…

Name: Sha-Sha-Sha-Shauna


Research Editor, Fashion Credits Extraordinaire

Where in Midtown do you Work?:
On 50th Street wedged between 6th and 7th Aves, the heart of corporate America…

Favorite Kind of Food:
Chesapeake Bay seafood, Lebanese delicacies, and big ass Southern breakfasts

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Capers, pint nuts, and fennel *shudder*

Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown: It’s on Ninth Avenue (btw. 52+53rd), but Wondee Siam rocks the Thai fried rice with chicken, basil and chili dish (their peanut sauce is scrumptious, so I drizzle it on top).  I’m also a sucker for the Jamaican Dutchy cart (51st & 7th)– the jerk chicken mini plate slathered in (recently toned down) crimson jerk sauce + crispy beef patty + the wonder that is Ting soda, and mama’s a happy camper.  Also, Mondello’s (37th Street just east of 5th Ave) has a banging $6 chicken parm and Margon‘s aptly potent cafe con leche (two heaping spoonfuls of sugar) always hits the spot.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: I drop bank at Cafe Duke (51st btw. 6+7th) in the a.m. for their fresh buffet of blueberries/raspberries/blackberries by the pound, but always find myself lured back on indecisive afternoons for $6.50 spicy ramen or udon with deep-fried tofu, pork and veggies. Weak, I know.

Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: That Bi Bim Bap counter at Ambrosia Deli, where occasionally I can scam an extra container of kimchi.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Sunnyside, Queens — seriously, just hear me out. If only my job could be located mere blocks from the best Irish deli in the area (Butcher’s Block, 41st Street just off Queens Blvd), where fresh sausage rolls permeate the air and a bounty of imported crisps, meats, and chocolates line the perimeter; the Colombian juice lady on Greenpoint (Pecas Y Mas,Greenpoint and 43rd Street) who churns out the creamyicyfruitygoodness that is the Super Cholado as well as a rockin Guanabanasmoothie; Alpha Donut (Queens Blvd and 45th Street) for the hugest, most tantalizing French cruller I’ve ever laid lip on; and El Shater Arabic deli (43rd Street and 43rd Ave, just a block off of the Blvd),where crispy schwarma, fresh tabouleh, and honey-drizzled sweets are made with love and sold for cheap.

Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? I’d kill for a luscious non-Jamba juice bar in Midtown.

Here’s a shocker. I actually sort of like Jamba Juice. It’s something that happened when I moved to L.A. (before coming here to NYC). If the fat Chinese food buffet eating Boston me, had met the poor, drinking smoothies at Jamba Juice in L.A. me, I’m pretty sure the Boston me would have kicked the L.A. me’s ass all over the place. That being said, I’m not exactly a smoothie connoisseur. Anybody got any recs for Shauna? One of those fruit trucks must be good. Post them as comments below…

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  • I have a trick with a mango.

  • Bah! Sunnyside ain’t got nothing on Jackson Heights.

  • true dat, JacksonH. true dat.

  • (Jackson Diner dosas rock my world, and Sripraphai has the best Thai iced coffee yet)

  • Isn’t scrapple from the Philly area? I would assume you could get it up here. We always ate it when I lived in Philly. Also, I vote yes on biscuits and gravy! I had it for the first time living in ATL and I LICKED the plate while IN the restaurant.

  • fuck fennel! you are a weirdo though for not liking pine nuts or capers.

  • it’s like there’s an imaginary line extending horizontally across the state of NJ… i haven’t seen scrapple any place north of the pork roll capitol of the east coast, Trenton. if i did see it, i’d get it triple deep-fried and smothered with maple syrup…but that’s neither here nor there. :)

  • Maple Syrup can be included with the mango trick, infact, it’s mandatory.

  • You might want to try Dosa Diner the next time you want S. Indian, as I suppose dosas would be more their specialty than Jackson Diner.

    Sripraphai is in Woodside, though I think Zabb in Jackson Heights can be considered their peer. With the added advantages of being open much later and more importantly, BYOB!

  • yeah, i do remember Sripraphai closed kinda early and i wasn’t impressed by the food, just that slammin iced coffee. DAMN. sorry ’bout the woodside/jackson heights mix-up, just knew it was further down the 7 train than sunnyside. :) i will totally track down zabb…

  • slammin’bangin’totally,like yeah, i agree ,errr ,totally.

  • For reasons I can’t imagine, Rudy’s breakfast’s reminded me of an amazing dish I once had that was a grilled cheese sandwich, topped with chili then a fried egg. You either understand the appeal, or you’ll be grossed out!

  • oh my god Zap that sounds amazing. I might as well just go home now, there’s no way I’ll be able to get any work done today, I’ll just be fantasizing about cheesy….bready….chili….eggy…………….

  • Dammit, I was enamored with this featured ML’er until she said “oh snap.” :( :(

  • don’t hate. the way i say it, it comes off eloquent… haha.

  • Not a hater at all. You’re still too appetizing. But the ‘snap’ took the edge off my appetite, is all. *sigh*

  • Try the guy on 48th and third (NW corner). This dude puts so much heart and soul into his smoothies it makes you feel for the tree hugging leftcoasters.

  • u a hottie shauNa!!

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