PROFILED: Midtown Lunch’er “Nina”

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 Nina, a paralegal who loves Asian food and would like to meet each and every one of you…

Name: Nina



Where in Midtown do you Work?:
44th St. & 6th Ave.

Favorite Kind of Food:
Anything Asian, especially kimchee. Really good bread. Essentially everything except cauliflower and raisins. Most things I like to eat also tend to make the office smelly. To me, it’s heavenly, but my coworkers don’t always agree.

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
See above. Also, organs or things made with organs (liver, tripe, haggis, etc). I mean, in all fairness, I haven’t really tried them, but it’s the general disgust for the idea that keeps me away. Everything else is essentially a go.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown:
Oms/b (on 45th btw. Lex+3rd), of course. Korean food at Ambrosia (on 45th btw. 5+6th) even with the price hike. Olympic Pita (on 38th btw. 5+6th).

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often?
People eat in the cafe upstairs in our office building. It’s cheap and pretty decent, but I keep telling myself that if I eat there, that means I don’t leave the building at all during the day, and that’s depressing.

Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Olympic Pita (on 38th btw. 5+6th). Thank you, thank you, thank you! I do believe that Laffa is officially proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I would like to work on East 11th between Aves. B and C, because my favorite place of all time, Kasadela, is located there.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? This isn’t really food-related, but I think it’d be fun to meet up with some of the Midtown Lunch readers for our hour-break from the grind. It’d be a good way to discover new places, eat good food, and take a break from coworkers, all while meeting new people. Just a thought.

Oh yeah?  This idea has been floated out there a few times, but nothing has ever come of it.  If you guys would like to start a meet up thread in the comments, I’m all for it.  Although if I were a betting man (and I am) I’m guessing it will just disintegrate into a bunch of dudes telling Nina they’d love to meet up with her anytime, at which point some of our “choice” commenters will step over the line of what is commonly accepted conversation, and that will be end of the meet up talk.  Either way, it should be a very productive/entertaining read…

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


  • Nice profile, it’s not everyday one sees such pride in birthmarks…. there’s a certain je ne sais quoi feel about her (in a totally not Liv Tyler manner of speaking).

  • I thought she was pointing to her favorite kind of food.

  • Zach…how….hurtful

    but everyone knows a meet-up is impossible while CockChug is outside the penitentiary walls and machetes are available at Home Depot

  • I thought she was pointing to her tan line…

  • A meetup? In the comment section? Oh man, this is gonna be fun to watch.

  • Will there be punch and pie? More people will show up if you say there will be punch and pie.

  • I propose calling the lunch meeting at Zen Burger, locking whoever shows up in there with Doc Chuck and see who gets out alive

  • I’d meet up, but I’d sincerely be afraid that at least 90% of our regular commenters are, in fact, Doc Chuck sock puppets.

  • i’m all for meeting up, but i think we’d have to divide into east vs west. i’m over on 3rd and am not about to hike over to the west side unless there are free drinks/meat involved.

  • I am *twitch* not a sock puppet! I am not a human being, I am an animal! And if you say it *twitch* again, I’ll bite your buts off!

  • A real meetup for a MT lunch would be fun. Alas, it may not be possible because of the antic s here. (At least, most people, Zach included, fear the worst!) But could we seriously make this work?

    We could either do one near 6th, or by Times Square or Grand Central (using the S train for cross-towners). Or, we could have an East meetup and a West meetup.

    Does anyone REALLY wantt to do a MT Lunch meetup?

  • Not to disappoint Zach so…

    I think Nina is pointing to the exact spot she wants licked so salt can be applied for a tequila body shot

    It’s anybody’s guess where she’s hiding the lime

  • She’s not pointing at anything, she’s throwing signs.
    That’s one gangsta chola! Thug Life!

    Ps…. Only if it’s a happy hour and Rudy smuggles in some contraband black pudding.

  • I am only showing up if Doc Chuck and his wife show up too. I bet they don’t have the brass to do it.

  • birthmarks, favorite foods, tan lines, body shots, thug life…i love it all!

    well, despite the fear of a certain commenter, i would definitely be down for an ML lunchtime meetup. since most of us only get an hour, maybe the best way to kick this off would be to have any interested lunchers grab something of his/her choice from his/her favorite midtown spot and then we could meet in Bryant Park and have a potluck of some sort?

    or is this totally inane and i should stick to mysteriously gesturing while on my midday lunch ventures?

  • Don’t worry nina, DocChuck *loves* all the female MTL profilees (if such things fascinate you) and I doubt you’ll wait long before he makes his trademark “written pass” at you as well. The world could use more love, could it not? Besides, it gives me a much-needed break from his attentions.

  • –SIGH–

    I’m going to regret doing this.
    OK, I can’t do a lunch but I will create a space for us regulars to connect, share email, instant message.
    Let’s hope the freaks don’t come out and that means you Rudy!
    (I kid!)

    IF you want to make your self public to any regular and be part of email chains contact

    Send your posting name and info, and if you want your email forwarded to other regulars. I’ll organize if you like.

    Only thing is work is very busy (plus trying to find a new job) so responses might be a little slow.

    email away.

  • I’ll go anywhere Zach is treating (quite white of him I must say) but I do wish he would temporarily suspend the draconian $10 pp requirement just this once, lord knows he’s raking in those advert dollars.

  • I’m with you Mamacita, (with business, looking for a job) also since I”m allegedly in media my lunch hour is around 2:30 and I’m given the hairy eyeball upon my return if I actually take an hour.

    Bread is good. I like Bread.

  • mamacita — i was thinking gang sign too.

    instead of meeting up . . . why not create some sort of pin, key chain, button or other ML identifying device we could wear/carry around with us. That way no one has to go out of their way, but people could still connect.

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