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


  • Meetup in Bryant Park sounds good. Im in.

  • Going to be fun trying to wrangle chairs/tables for this one.

  • Bryant Park is excellent – gives Rudy McB a good landing target for when he parachutes in with butter sandwiches for everyone

  • My husband, who is far more sophisticated and well educated than any of you (if such things intimidate you) has been on the john all morning with a raging case of ‘Malaysian Tsunami’ diahrrea ever since we passed within 5 feet of a dirty water hot dog cart the other day, but he did want me to tell you all that I will be shaving a 12 inch high “MTL” into high thick, luxurious back hair so that you can clearly identify him when he meets you all at Bryant Park. For convenience, he will have his clear plastic catheter bag strapped securely to his right leg. I am not sure if I will be along as well, because the taxis with the extra heavy suspensions to bear my weight are not regularly available.

  • A meet would only ruin you lovely ladies for ordinary blokes in the future.

    I think she’s pointing @ Mrs chucky as she has her left armpit waxed.

  • All you boys are a bunch of wussies, get on the list already

  • i think the easiest way to really do this is to just send out an event invine on the ML facebook group. (i didn’t want to be the douche to bring up “the face,” but here we are.)

  • I’d be up for a meetup! (Bryant Park is ideal) And what the hell, I’ll bake something if it really happens

  • I can’t access FaceBook at work so that my friend is a bad idea as I am sure most companies block social networking sites.

  • Zach – you should use your considerable influence and (1) get a MAJOR group discount for such an event with the promise of sweet, sweet publicity, and (2) make it so that the place gets everyone in and out in an hour or so. Or just get all the good carts to congregate in Bryant Park for this so that everyone can mob the Treats Truck for dessert.

  • Excellent idea….

  • mish,

    Some of us here are responsible grownups, and we don’t “do” facebook or myspace, etc.

  • I didn’t realize the having a Facebook profile makes you irresponsible. I can’t argue with sound logic though.

  • Meetup?! I’ll bring the vodka!

  • That Blondie, a gal after my own hea….. liver, I tell you.

  • I’ve read many examples of employers finding disturbing and damaging info posted on the facebook pages of prospective employees. Professionals/’grownups use LinkedIn, a professional networking site, among others.

    Seriously, have you *seen* the stuff on facebook?

  • Great,Bloody great.

    You don’t have the piss up errrrrrr meet when im there do you?.ohhhh nooooooo.

    Can’t you make it Regents Park?………I’ll bring Smirnoff Black Label.

    And i agree ‘Social Networking’ sites; ie: a place where you tell strangers you’d normally cross the street to avoid things that you wouldn’t tell you’re best mate.

  • I’m always in Bryant Park, Even though I work on 34th and 7th. Im up for meeting up.

    I guess I’ll get on mamacita’s list seeing that’s the closest thing to an “official” sign-up.

    Also I don’t see whats wrong with facebook, you can limit your exposure to a “limited” profile and use that just for a midtown lunch group.

  • Oh Bossman, if only your name were Rudy than I’d be after your heart too.

  • My very dearest “Nina,”

    Your invitation to meet is inticing, indeed.

    As is your tan line.

    I am much looking forward to it.

    I will not, however, participate in a “group” event with other people from Midtown Lunch. Now that I have discovered that infectious herpes is RAMPANT among New York City residents who fit a certain demographic (coincidentally the identical demographic as the Midtown Lunch crowd), I catagorically refuse to expose myself to a lifetime of dripping sores and social ostracization.

    Please wear gloves (latex is fine).

    I excitedly await our rendezvous!

    Chuck, PhD

    P.S. That may be a deer tick. I suggest seeking medical attention to ward off lime disease.

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