PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Janine”

Every Tuesday I turn over the site to a different Midtown Lunch’er for his or her recommendations for the best lunch in Midtown. Today it’s Janine, a vegetarian/consultant/food blogger who strangely enough has been closely tracking the opening of Five Napkin Burger on 9th Ave. in Hell’s Kitchen.  I guess they serve veggie burgers?  Plus, she has a question at the end I’m sure you are all going to enjoy answering…

Name: Janine


Consultant and food blogger (

Where in Midtown do you Work?:
Times Square

Favorite Kind of Food:
Cake in general, although chocolate cake with white frosting is my favorite. I also like cupcakes, the more convenient yet significantly less frosted cousin of the cake.

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
Well, I’m a vegetarian, so I guess I’m obliged to say meat, but that’s not really my “least favorite…” I’m not the biggest fan of eggs eaten straight up, although in other dishes I’m fine with them. Also, I really hate parsnips.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown:
Now that I’ve discovered a Pain Quotidien near Bryant Park, that’s got to be my favorite lunch place in Midtown (although I haven’t been to that particular location yet.) I also like Free Foods NYC (45th btw. 5+6th), Starwich (38th btw. 5+6th), and Zest (B’way btw. 40+41st)… but I bring my lunch to work a lot also.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often?
Europa, Mangia (catering), Duke’s (41st & B’way). And the Kati Roll place (39th btw. 5+6th), for some reason.

Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? The Macaron Cafe! One of my friends loves macarons, so I was happy to find an alternative to Maison au Chocolat (36th btw. B’way+7th).

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Boston, Massachusetts, because it has my favorite lunch places in the world: B.Good. The Boston office of my employer is actually two doors down from one of B.Good’s four locations, and yet perversely I chose to work in NYC… if I could have the B.Good New American salad with orange soy dressing and real fries every day of my life, I would be a very happy person.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? What is the best “pick-up” place in Midtown (restaurant, bar, club…)? I’m talking eligible, datable singles here (and preferably men.) Midtown Lunch readers, help a single girl out!

Oh boy… this is me slowly getting out of the way of this one.  Er… comments?

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


  • A young, blonde, attractive, eligible, hungry, two-fisted drinking hottie looking for men in Midtown.

    Zach, what have we done to make you perpetrate such a cruel hoax on your dedicated readership?

  • Wayne, that was cruel. I just logged on to say she has skinny knees..

  • Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Pain Quotidien near Bryant Park . . . although I haven’t been to that particular location yet.

    um, a whole host of dumb blonde jokes come to mind.

  • Best pick-up place in Midtown has got to be Mars 2112.

    Close runners up would be Lace, The Pig N’ Whistle, and Doherty’s.

    Have fun.

  • Jimmy’s Corner, Hands Down.

  • Was it another one of those pesky flashbacks or did the profile originally state “Janine’s” age to be 35?

    In the interest of full disclosure does the carpet match the drapes?

    Wayne, don’t forget the “Preferably” men part. She doesn’t sound too set in her ways and could possibly be swayed with enough cake.

    Love the caketarians we need more of ‘em.

  • sorry… when the post first went up, the 35 was left over from last week’s lunch’er. janine is actually 22.

  • Bossman, it’s none of your business if the drapes match the carpet!! And Janine, don’t sell yourself short. Let the men find you, whilst eating cake. But if you really want to pick up a suit, any Midtown sports bar after 5 on Friday is a sausage fest.

  • corner of 54th and Madison, 12:30, look for a tall man in a fedora.

  • I have to agree with Blondie on the midtown sports bar. Try Public House or any bar in the area of 42nd and 3rd.

  • Don’t get your bloomers in bunch, blunette, it’s all in good fun besides my gramps taught me the answer is always no until you ask the question (and demand proof).

  • I second the Jimmy’s Corner…some real hotties up in that beeyotch

  • Ummmm…. not sure where to post this but it’s kinda creepy…

    apparently DocCHuck has a police record as well as a obsession with food

  • Rick’s Caberet

  • Holy cow, Chris. That’s creepy. Has anyone ever googled our favorite “doctor”? He’s everywhere.

  • The best place to pick up single men is on midtown lunch. Just look at the responses!

    (ok, back to blogging)

  • She must be related to Jay Leno. Just look at that picture.

  • um…is this, for real, a vaguely masked singles ad??

  • Ouch, Mark. I am a real person, you know.

  • Damn are you telling me DocChuck isn’t a satire? I was on the line there, I really thought he was too outrageous to be real. Well, either way, it worth the price of admission to hear Rudy’s responses.

    Sigh, I’m disappointed.

    PS.. Janine, don’t get in the midtown kitchen if you can’t stand the heat ;-P

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