PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Blondie”

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 Siobhan, but you probably know her as “Blondie,” half of the duo “Blondie and Brownie” from the blog of the same name. An avid Midtown Lunch’er, Blondie loves pizza and has been eating her way through the Treats Truck one treat at a time…

blondieName: Blondie

Mid 20s

Freelancing at an ad agency, but my passion lies in the blogosphere (

Where in Midtown do you Work?:
Grand Central Area

Favorite Kind of Food:
Dessert, pizza, peanut butter, cheese, BBQ, and lately (and very surprisingly), Indian

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
Metro. It smells funny; I won’t even eat it when it’s free.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown:
I’m a big fan of the chicken pita at Kwik Meal (45th & 6th), and the chicken, rice and beans from Sophie’s Cuban (multiple locations.) Also, I wish I was more to the west so that I could enjoy Kati Roll (on 38th btw. 5+6th) more often.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often?
My coworkers tend to get Metro and Bistro Gourmet, two places I’d rather starve them eat at. Sometimes my body calls out for nutrients, and I’ll give it some Cosi.

Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? I did first hear about the Treats Truck here. Thank you Zach.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? With all the posts Danny on Food in Mouth has been doing about Portland, Oregon, I’d say there. Of places I’ve actually been to, I’d have to go with the East Village.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? It’s summer. I’m hot. Where can I get some bubble tea? (PS Bossman, I know what you want to ask; no they don’t.)

I have no idea what bossman wants to ask… but I’m guessing we’ll be enlightened in the comments. As for bubble tea, I feel like this has been discussed a bit in the past few weeks, but we can re-visit. Check out the milk tea with tapioca pearls I had last week, after the jump…

Lunch Box Buffet/Fay Da Bakery, Midtown NYC

From the Fay Da Bakery inside the Lunch Box Buffet which got written about on Friday. There’s also Ying Du (which I recommend), Hing Won (which most people don’t recommend) and Dishes (which is expensive and apparently not real bubble tea.) Anybody else care to comment? Feel free 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


  • I prefer bacon:

    (sorry zack, couldn’t help myself)

  • and as promised, there you have it

    Truth of the matter is, he’s already constructed a makeshift version of that hat and crowned me with it. One can only guess what comes next.

  • Mamacita. You. Me. Bacon. Soon.

  • Mamacita, i’ve never wanted to be a frying pan before… until now…

  • Why do you call yourself Blondie if you aren’t blond?

  • it’s probably a cheeky reference to the cookie or the Rapture..

  • According to her hairdresser, Blondie’s a dark blonde and it’s not wise to argue with someone with scissors. Any way, she’s gone through “blondier” phases in the time I’ve known her.

    Does this mean we’re going on a bubble tea mission? The best bubble tea I’ve had in midtown was the Canada tourism thing that we went to at Rock Center…

  • Trying to get this back on track, I must work near the lovely Miss Blondie as Metro and Bistro are also our “go-to” places as well as Old Bridge Deli. 2 Sandwiches I’d like to point out though:

    1. Old Bridge makes a fantastic cheesesteak. Really. I think it is better then Carls.

    2. Metro has a new sandwich, a Free Range Turkey cape cod thingee with cranberry’s, almonds and a hint of ginger. It really happens to be great. In true mid-town lunch spirit, as well, they have a special with a can of soda, bag of chips and a sandwich for less then $9.00.

  • Also, out of Midtown lunch range, but just as fyi, Homes on 21st St., right off of B’way and around the corner from Lunetta, does Bubble Tea. Though not amazing, it is decent. (And the food is pretty good, as well!)

  • I think bubble tea is a terrible concept. why? why? why?

    like putting nuts in cake.

  • Hi Blondie- This may be silly but you look a bit familiar from days long ago. Not to reveal too much, but did you prefer hang out in the park before and after classes in high school?

  • apikoros, isn’t old bridge closed? it was before my time here.

    stan, i used to think the same thing, but Canadians changed my mind.

    Mango, you probably have info on me that can be used as blackmail.

  • Canadians are dangerous

  • hey blondie, you might on me too. lol. i’m a fan of your blog. great stuff.

  • Old Bridge was closed for a bit, but TAX not HEALTH reasons, lol. They are open again. That cheese steak is really good, especially for whatever price they make up for it that day, usually between 5.75 and 6.25

  • Bigfoot so misunderstood

  • Any place to recommend in the east-of-Grand Central area? Stuck at 43rd/2nd and it looks like rain.

    Vivi bubble tea on Bayard near Bowery is great, tho rumored to be inconsistent. Bubble tea tour of Manhattan?!?

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