PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Raechy”

Every Tuesday I turn over the site to a different Midtown Lunch’er for his or her recommendations for the best lunch in Midtown. Recently I started taking nominations from friends and co-workers, which prompted this email:

I would like to nominate my friend Raechy to be a profiled luncher. Unlike me, she actually works in Midtown proper, and is a big meat enthusiast (she’d already been to the International Meat Buffet when I sent her the ML link), but she’s still willing to roll veggie with me and go to places like Zen Burger. Also she’s uber cute and really funny so I’m sure the rest of your loyal disciples would be psyched to see her and read what she has to say.

Thanks for the email Sarah. You had me at buffet… meet Raechy, a healthcare analyst who loves meat buffets and is a ramen connoisseur.

Name: Raechy


Healthcare Analyst

Where in Midtown do you Work?:
Reuters, in the hell that is commonly referred to as Times Square

Favorite Kind of Food:
Must there only be one? Tacos/eel sushi/dumplings.

Least Favorite Kind of Food:

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: The Tonkatsu ramen at Men Kui Tei on 56th btw. 5+6th (I consider myself a very devoted ramen connoisseur). Also, I like the unlimited toppings salad and drink for 6 bucks at the unnamed deli on 41st btw. B’way+6th.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Haru on 43rd & 7th (yuck). Also Bela Vita pizza on 43rd & 7th is amazing and affordable.

Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: The chicken and rice cart on 43rd and 6th.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Anywhere in the world? Then Barcelona… I have a weakness for aioli. In NYC it would be the east village/LES, mainly for Fried Dumplings.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Haru an expensive Japanese chain owned by Benihana? And that’s your “goto” lunch? I need a job at Reuters!

Also- I have to say, I sort of respect your listing of dessert as least favorite kind of food. I love myself some sweets (are there any fat people that don’t?), but if given the choice between dessert, and an extra appetizer, or a 5th plate at the all you can eat buffet, chances are it’s the dessert that’s going to lose out. The whole “saving room” for dessert thing is not part of my eating vocabulary. If there’s room in there for dessert, I’ll have it. If not- tough nuggies for dessert.

That being said I am currently conducting “research” on a best chocolate chip cookie in Midtown piece. Anybody got a recommendation? Post it as a comment below.

And as always, if you want to be the next Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er, or you’d like to nominate somebody in your office, email me at


  • cookie/biscuit = she’s 30 y.o.

  • Weird, this only put up half of my post. Here goes:

    cookie/biscuit = she’s under 30 y.o.

    cake = she’s over 30 y.o.

  • Stan – I also love Tates.

    And I’ve been seen making a run for the choc chip cookies at the Conde Nast cafeteria – preferably the ones with the M&Ms thrown in.

  • I am so sad that the Treats Truck is out sick this week that words cannot express my grief. Come back, Sugar, come baaaaaaaack.

  • Sarah. Your defense of your friend demonstrated the weakness of the post. I have no doubts she is a lovely girl, great carnivore and holder of many asian food secrets — she just didn’t share much. . .

  • I’d like a taste of that box….

  • The profile was so-so but the midtown luncher is HOT!

    And I share Mala’s despair over the absence of Sugar in midtown. I hope lots of rest and a few quarts of oil will make him all better. Can’t wait to see him cruisin the midtown streets next week!

  • An accounttant told me that the legal deffinition of a biscuit/cookie is that it goes soft when it goes off, whereas a Cake goes hard.

    It was from an accounttant because of a VAT wrangle in UK over jaffa cakes not being classed as choccy cookies as they’re liable to VAT(purchase tax).


  • Oh Midtown Lunch..

    Thanks for the profile!! Despite the fact that I will definitely concur- my answers are pretty lame. I know this is a cop out but when I was sent the list of questions, I didnt realize the object of the game was to write flowing prose on culinary tastes, I thought I was just supposed to name drop a few midtown joints. For that, Im sorry.

    In my defense- my ass knows food. Both high brow and low. One day, I shall prove my worth to you ML, I shall…

  • Chocolate chip/chunk cookies at Certe (55th b/t 5th and 6th) are divine … they also have these caramel chunk cookies that I usually stock up on. They come in handy as bribery when I need to expedite my expense check …

  • Raechy – Glad to hear that your ass knows food. What else does your ass know? Please explain using flowing prose.

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