Profile: Midtown Luncher “Jill”

Every Tuesday I turn over the site to a different Midtown Lunch’er for his or her recommendations for the best lunch in Midtown. This week it’s Jill, a photo editor who loves meat, but not ”organ meat”.

Name: Jill


Photo Editor

Where in Midtown do you Work?:
Rockefeller Center Area

Favorite Kind of Food:
Italian, Indian, Mexican, Japanese

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
Honestly? Organ Meats. I can’t even sit at the same table as someone who is eating tripe. It’s just gross.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown:
Del Frisco’s (on 49th btw. 6+7th) for the steak, chateau potatoes and the outrageously huge slice of lemon cake; Pam Real Thai (49th btw. 9+10th) for the vegetable red curry and spring rolls; Hallo Berlin cart (54th & 5th) for the currywurst combo; Ruby Foo’s (B’way & 49th) for the veggie sushi and chicken pineapple rice; Sosa Borella (8th Ave. btw. 50+51st) for the roast beef sandwich or the steak salad; Le Bonne Soup (on 55th btw. 5+6th) for the salad/soup/chocolate mousse lunch special; Poseidon Bakery (9th Ave. btw. 44+45th) for the spanakopita, baklava, and cherry cheese strudel; Two Boots (Rock Center) for a Cleopatra Jones slice (OK, two slices); Burger Joint (55th btw. 6+7th) for burgers and fries (although my true burger love is the ridiculously expensive burger at 21 Club. It’s amazing.); and I love that chicken from Popeye’s! (40th btw. 7+8th)

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Mi Nidito on 8th ave and 51st street. It’s a bit more expensive than, say, Chipotle, but the ingredients are so fresh and they use tons of veggies in the soups and burritos. There’s a bar menu with a soup/combo special for $8.99 or $9.99, but I usually go with PKs black bean soup or my special favorite, the very spicy chicken tortilla soup. Years ago when I was feeling like I was coming down with a cold, my boyfriend at the time brought me some of Mi Nidito’s chicken tortilla soup. Turned out we got engaged that night. We started calling it the proposal soup. The next time I ordered it for delivery, we told that story to the guy and, along with the order, he sent a little bottle of champagne. It was very nice.

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Jamaican Dutchy (51st & 7th), Sapporo (49th btw. 6+7th), Hallo Berlin Cart

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Domestically: somewhere in Maine. I could never tire of eating crab rolls or lobster rolls and blueberry pie. Internationally: a farm in Tuscany would be great for simple, incredibly fresh italian lusciousness. and Buenos Aires or Paris because I like to eat a huge steak and drink red wine in the middle of the day.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Yes! I’ve been craving a fried fish sandwich. Is there a great one in midtown? Also, any shabu shabu restaurants nearby? And, lastly, what’s the best crab dish in midtown?

I don’t know about great one, but my favorite fried fish sandwich (once again) is after the jump…  

Whiting Sandwich @ Kim's Aunt Kitchen Cart, Midtown NYC

The fried whiting sandwich from Kim’s Aunt Kitchen Cart (on 45th btw. 5+6th).  Oh, and that is one sandwich that gets folded up together- I shit you not.

For those of you who may not be interested in slumming it at the Kim’s Aunt Kitchen cart- I’d highly recommend the much forgotten about take out window at the Grand Central Oyster Bar.  They’ve got a halfway decent fried oyster po’boy, and surprisingly, almost everything is under $10. 

Got any other recommendations for Jill? Please comment below… (Recommendations please! Not comments about her appearance.  I like boobie jokes just as much as the next guy, but there have been some recent complaints, and I don’t want to have to start moderating comments!  It’s hard enough finding people willing to be profiled… you guys aren’t making it any easier!) 

And as always, if you want to be the next Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er (can’t imagine why though, with this crew), or you’d like to nominate somebody in your office (a much better idea, right?) email me at


  • @tom – OK, I did like pork rinds as a kid (with an ice cold Big Red), but I can’t eat them anymore. @famdoc, Yes. the quality at Mi Nidito’s does far exceed the neighborhood Mexican joints. The bar menu $9.99 two course prix fixe is a great deal. And yes, we did get married! We’ll be celebrating our ten year anniversary next year. @docchuck, women don’t get their hair “set” anymore. they get their hair did.

  • Don’t mind him Jill, he’s actually insane.

  • I have a number of fine wigs woven from natural pet hair from my pet hair removal clinic, if such things interest you, Jill

  • My dearest Mamacita:

    I have not one but two PhD’s, should that excite you.

    One is in psychology.

    I am NOT insane, as you suggest.

    I am a 66 year old man who is very comfortable in his own skin and NOT afraid to speak his (keen) mind.

    It is painfully obvious that “Jill,” so-called, should pay more attention to her own personal grooming needs.

    I imagine the same could be said for you.

    I await the day “Mamacita” (a pseudonym, for all we know) is chosen as a “Midtown Luncher.”

    Now please cease with your “pop psychology” as well as your googling of my activity on other blogs and websites.

    Chuck, PhD II

  • My apologies to all you nice midtown people. DocChuck is off his meds again, and to make matters worse, the duct tape DocChuck had used to strap his catheter bag to his leg busted, not only making for a stinky mess but tearing away a lot of his thick. matted leg hair. He’s cuddled up with Elizabeth (he calls his blow-up doll Elizabeth, if such things excite you) in a semi-fetal position now, calling her “mommy” and whimpering about how he’s sorry and he’ll be a good boy now.

  • I think Jill looks great. DocChuck, your aesthetic sense seems to have ceased its forward progress at about the same time as your grasp of idiomatic English.

  • Dear Virgil:

    Go back to your Aeneid. Come back when you have two PhD’s like I do.

    Cheers, Chuck

  • Sorry again to all you nice midtowners. Traffic delayed DocChuck today to the point that arrived late at the outskirts of our local catholic all-boys elementary (if such things interest you, as they do my beloved bubby) and he was therefore not able to watch (and photograph) the young lads as they left school for the day. This has put him in such a frightful mood. Twitchy (the hamster that lives inside his posterior) is doing his best to sooth him with energetic twitches, and when my size 80W g-string arrives by express mail later today, I will (in the gstring, nothing else) do that special dance he loves so much — and all should be well thereafter

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