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


  • Oh man, Bea Arthur doing cabaret. I think my head just exploded!

  • “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.”

    Freaking brilliant.

  • Chucky, you ordered 4 bottles of Thunderbird?

    $24 on wine…….wow….. your Chateau Petrus bin at home(dumpster) must be well stocked.

  • There you have it – the promised written pass at you. Don’t be too worried until he starts calling you “Elizabeth” or “Mother” as he does me when he, uh, makes use of me. At this point, simply run. I wish I could. You’d think that the “no” I make with the shape of my mouth would be enough.

  • Janine, looks like lil ole CockChug has a crush on you.

    Might want to start wearing running shoes to work and check the expiration date on the mace in your purse

  • DocChuck actually has me tearing up. Bea Arthur/Applebees and Colombia Md. Freaking hysterical. Followed closely by “engorged clavicle” . You all win 2 extra internets! lmao!

  • June 17th, 4:09pm, the moment Doc Chuck went from ML scorge to ML hero. We’re a salty bunch.

  • Now now Sarah, I wouldn’t say hero.

    Let’s just say we are laughing, bit Not with him….

    Zack, I must say you are a big man for not jumping in on any of these comments. Pun intended. Either you are just ignoring us fools or we are the fodder for your jokes at work.

    either way, great job on the site! I’ve gained 10 pounds here.

  • Oh man, that ESCOLAR one is definitely the best. DocChuck is clearly the comic voice of post millenial food-blog comedy (if that excites you).

    Best thread in a long time. (All it’s missing is a Liv Tyler shoutout.)

    Thanks ML for restoring joy to my life.

  • “Oh man, Bea Arthur doing cabaret. I think my head just exploded!”

    You got off easy, milady, I’m pretty sure I just puked a testicle but I’m not man enough (now anyway) to look.

  • Free Foods is wayy overrated.

  • How can a place be your favorite lunch spot if you’ve never been there?

  • I actually have been there by now– this profile was written a while ago. Check out my review:

  • I remember a funny story Dochuck told about meeting his wife when she was a small street urchin in Chicago. It was so WTF? but so funny I nearly lost it.

    Been trying to find it to link but cant :(

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