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


  • whoa! blowing the lid of Doc Chuck! Go Chris! Janine, I support your eating habits and love of cake. As a fellow single vegetarianish, midtownish lady, I’m going to assume Janine might be looking for something other than the sports bar going guy? I’m wondering if Uncle Markys might be a good place to meet a nice young man to share a penchant for veg with? I have nothing to support this though. Out of midtown for sure, but great for vegetarians and barista eye candy, Grey Dog on university.

  • My husband has been unable to post lately because we’ve been shopping on Ebay for a used catheter bag for him to clip onto his belt for when we go to Volstead to meet up with many of you fine young midtown lunchers. We’ve always saved 10 to 20 cents a pair on underwear buying used (if that sort of thing prevaricates you) instead of new and it turns out we’ll save at least 5 dollars buying the catheter bag used, even after the shipping charges. By the by, can anyone recommend a good catheter bag deodorant?

  • So this is CockChug too?

    Zack I’m confused so are you dealing with a similar troll like “the what” on Brownstoner? But even waaaaay more freaky.

  • Holy crap! I’m totally loving how Twin Peaks everything is getting on this blog, all of a sudden.

  • You all rock– I hope this thread has provided as much amusement to others as it has to me. Thanks to all who provided actual suggestions. Only four more hours to go before I hit up the after-work sports bar crowd…

  • I was curious as how a young attractive lady could be single in NY ………then i saw it…the V word.

    There’s various links to chucky’s activities… was on here some months ago i seem to remember,if that should interest you:)

  • In honor of Janine I offer up this lovely veggie recipe and for Rudy and Wayne: Read DocChuck’s comments here!

  • A Pub in Berkshire called the Complete Angler is full of single chaps.Car park has more Astons than…errr an aston showroom.

  • Not only but also, that pic,the left eye………is that camera red eye…or the legendary ‘Milky eye’ a lady can get from an over expressive partner?

  • Don’t worry, Janine, it won’t be long til DocChuck posts a verbal come-on to you in this comment area, as he does for all the young ladies profiled here. So at least you’ll get one romantic prospect out of this. As long as you tolerate his oozing syphilis sores and monthly need to expose himself in front of all-boy catholic elementary schools, I am sure he’ll tolerate vegetarian-ism. Plus, free bikini waxings at his wife’s pet grooming shop!

  • Woof. CockChug has about 12 personalities and I want to kill them all. But nothing that a Glock full of silver bullets can’t solve I suppose.

    That is a nice veggie recipe but Janine needs some meat on those bones. Strict diet of rice, beans, plantains and fettucine alfredo for the next 90 days till theres junk in that trunk

  • I can’t stop staring at the picture. Why I should share that with you, I don’t know.

  • It’s those red beady eyes………. they stare deep into your SOUL!

    Yup, girl you need some meat on dem bones. Stick to mozzarella sticks, fries, beer and lots of pasta.

  • I too am enamored sifting through the possible activities that could’ve resulted in such an engorged clavicle. Although I’ve got the short list down to six none of them can explain how it only affected the one side.

    Janine, would you be a dear and post a link to a pic of the hip bone pertrusions? I’m all about asymetrical but it needs to be balanced overall. I have a theory and unless your right breast is twice the size of your left I’m guessing you don’t have an easy time buying jeans.

    Tsk, tsk on the Jay Leno comment, why does everything always boil down to physical appearance with you galoots?

  • Whoa! That is some Fight Club shit going on in those comments Mamacita! Seriously! This is making my day! This is way better than when tried to convince everyone that Rudy was actually Zach!

  • First she’s 35 and now she’s 22? Who is this profile of, Miguel Tejada?

  • Well it seems he’s been tame here…. I think this posting shows all 10 of his personalities in one big fight with each other…

    And here is the info on his jail time, scroll down until you get to the part on Dr. Charles Treuter….

  • BTWs, CockChug aka Big Bear aka Sybil is old news.

  • My Dearest Janine:

    Might I tell you how young and wholesome you look? With those red eyes, long swan neck and low slung bosom, you resemble a youthful Sandra Lee !

    By way of introduction, I am a retired “educator” who enjoys traveling and eating (as my more than ample girth attests to– LOL), I used to be an avid reader of many food (and travel) “blogs,” so-called.

    However, it didn’t take long to figure out what their (the blog operators) game was about. And when I informed some of the shillers of my opinion, I was promptly “kicked off” the website. I have been “kicked off” for questioning the “moderators” motives (including the Stern’s fortune-telling operation).

    I have also been excommunicated from “Serious Eats” and the “Amateur Gourmet” for criticizing obviously biased and inaccurate posts (not to mention how I raised their hackles when I warned about food imports from CHINA— BEFORE such warnings became fashionable in the mainstream media.

    Although I have over thirty “reviews” on TripAdvisor, I was banned after criticizing the Applebees chain . No matter that I am a “Premiere” member of the Applebee’s Frequent Guest Club, who has spent thousands of dollars in their restaurants.

    If I might digress just a bit… I was deeply humiliated by an incident at the Applebees in Columbia, MD (a dreary community but the price was right). My wife (much younger than me, if that excites you) performs a Bea Arthur impersonation at many fine supper clubs in our little part of the world. Since I can AFFORD it, I often pamper myself with fine wines and cognacs as I enjoy her show. As usual, I was delighted by my wife’s show, but I was told that I became a bit overenthusiastic in calling for her encore.

    I, of course, pointed out to the Applebees’ manager how unbelievably boorish it was to admonish me after I had just spent over $24 in his “restaurant” on wine alone. Along with the spinach dip and quesadillas it was close to $40.

    As a paying customer of substantial refinement, I expect — no, I DEMAND — to be treated with RESPECT by ALL members of a restaurant’s staff. This is “especially” true when I have willingly paid their rapacious markup on fine wine.

    I very promptly reported this intolerable treatment on TripAdvisor . . . yet, the TripAdvisor “moderators’”, response was to kick me off the website!

    Sadly, there are few websites that allow me to post anymore, save for the few (like this one) that have no moderation.

    I enjoy Midtown Lunch very much!

    P.S. bgood’s burgers are tasteless, as are their toppings.

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