PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Carolyn”

Every Tuesday I turn over the site to a different Midtown Lunch’er for his or her recommendations for the best lunch in Midtown. This week it’s Carolyn, an Accountant who, in her own words, is “ready to be thrown to the wolves.”  I think she’s talking about you people…

Name: Caroyln


Mind-numbing finance/accounting

Where in Midtown do you Work?:
51st & 5th Ave.

Favorite Kind of Food:
Anything fried with sauce and cheese, and Mexican food

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
Curry anything

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown:
Right now, it’s Cafe Cello (on 46th btw. 5+6th)- yellow rice and beans with roast pork. It’s sleep inducing but really good.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often:
Bistro NYC on 51st bet. Madison and Park (by Just Salad). It’s a generic deli but the food is decent.

Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch:
Cafe Cello, Goodburger, Hallo Berlin food cart and Fika. I’m sure there are more….

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why?
Any place along the east coast, right by the water. I’m an avid seafood lover. You can’t get fresher seafood than in some of these little fishing towns.

I’m glad you mentioned Cafe Cello, which I think is one of the most underrated Midtown Lunches.  With Margon so close by, and Sophie’s Cuban slowly taking over Midtown, it is easy to ignore- but the simple fact is, they make the best crispy roast pork skin, and you always get a piece of it with your order.  It’s so good, it’s the official Midtown Lunch photo.

But they have another secret (non-latin weapon) in their arsenal, which I finally tried a few weeks ago.  Check it out after the jump…


Believe it or not, Cafe Cello does a mean fried chicken.  It always looks good, but I was a little concerned about it sitting in those steam tables.  The day I had it, it was surprisingly good.  Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside (except for the breast, which just can’t be helped), and well seasoned with salt and pepper- something all too many places just can’t seem to get right.  Served with rice, beans & plantains, it really is a great meal. 

And as always, if you want to be the next Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er, email me at


  • If the purpose of the weekly profile is simply to introduce readers to new Midtown Lunchers, then Carolyn has done a fine job.

    However, I think most of us look to the profiles as a source of information for new places that we haven’t heard about, and that Zach hasn’t covered. In that sense, this profile is lacking.

    I hope I’m not considered a “wolf” for saying so.

  • Bistro is nasty. All their food has a glaze too it. Even the salad.

  • You had me at

    “Anything fried with sauce and cheese, and Mexican food”

    But cha lost me at

    “Least Favorite Kind of Food: Curry anything”

    But then you won me over again with the fresh fish and seaside work place ideal. See I’m not mean like Rudy :-P

  • Curry gets a bad rap, because everyone assumes it’s that same, typical, orange-red sauce they cook everything in at a restaurant. It’s not! “Curry” is a generic Indian term for 90% of our food that has been sorely abused. :(

  • How does one abuse food?

    Curry abused me once,a jinga* tandoori in Goa.

    3 days locked in the bathroom.

    * big bloody prawn.

  • You’ve got me thinking of a Goan sea bass curry I had at Bread Bar once… yummmmmm

    I think curry is kind of like wine or beer – just because you’ve had a lot of bad ones, doesn’t mean there isn’t a good one out there that you might like.

  • Good job, Carolyn.

  • “How does one abuse food?”

    9 1/2 Weeks comes to mind…

    And fish curry…mmm. Now I miss Mom’s Bengali hilsa fish in mustard sauce…

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