PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Phil”

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 Phil, a musician who loves soup.

Name: Phil



Where in Midtown do you Work?:
48th & Broadway

Favorite Kind of Food:
Any good soup, grungy Chinese food, fancy sandwiches, Mediterranean/Israeli, diner food, anything really REALLY spicy, In-N-Out Burger (alas), breakfast, mac and cheese, pad thai…

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
Anything even remotely related to coconut, anything that has been in the same store/warehouse as a coconut, most Vietnamese food.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown:
The Outpost in the Viacom building on 44th and Broadway (all their soups are amazing), Chipotle burritos very occasionally (trying to avoid that pre-30 heart attack), that natural market on 54th and 8th (Powerbars and lentil soup), the teriyaki bar just above the M&M store on 48th and 7th (the soba is not terrible).

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Belly Delly. Damn. Also, Hale & Hearty (wayyy too expensive, but the soups are not too bad).

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Actually The Outpost. So cheap it makes me dizzy.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? 79th and Amsterdam, so I could eat at Shining Star Diner every day, interspersed (on paydays) with the mac and cheese from Fred’s. Wow. Alternatively, in Silverlake in LA, because of the Brite Spot.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Oh man, YES! Where can I get blow-your-mind-amazing takeout soba soup in Midtown? It’s got to be takeout, too – I only get about 15 minutes for lunch… Thanks in advance!

Wait just one second here.  Teriyaki Bar just above the M&M Store?  What the hell are you talking about?  When you say above, do you mean below?  Are you talking about Teriyaki Boy?  Or is there some crazy-ass hidden Japanese place above the M&M Store. Please do not play with my emotions sir!

As for your soba question, I admit to not being a soup expert, and I don’t think there is a soba recommended on Lunch’er Grace’s Soup Post… so I guess we’ll need to turn this one over to the commenters.  Got a soba recommendation for Phil?  Put it in the 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


  • What’s good at Shining Star? Looks like an average diner, what makes it so worthy? Because seriously, the UWS is not the greatest place to work.

  • hello there. what instrument do you play?

  • The mac and cheese from Fred’s is frozen and disgusting. I hope no one ever goes there-everything is frozen crap-nothing’s fresh and tastes like dog food. Even a chain store like Applebee’s beats Fred’s.

  • Your appearance is decidedly unkempt and offputting. It comes as no surprise to me (a PhD, by the way) that you are “employed” as a “temp.”

    Grooming matters, young man. Please take that nugget of wisdom to heart.

    Should you have tatoos of any type, you might also consider having yourself tested for the infectious herpes virus. Though I am guessing that a person like you might wear that diagnosis as a sick badge of accomplishment in a city like New Yawk.

  • I can’t tell if he really is cute, or just has a john krasinski face on in that photo thusly I’m getting visual cues that he is a cute boy.

  • Mangostrawberry! Me thoughts you disappeared into the internet ether!

    And seriously, Chipotle? And Powerbars? Do you have taste buds?

  • Yeah, I feel ya sarah. I was looking at him and thinking the same thing.

    Back to the food: I have a feeling this guy doesn’t know about good food.

  • I think the trauma he went through on mount doom may of aged him.

  • I used to work on 84th and CPW… never once ordered from shining star… thought about it a few times but it never really stood out as something special… so please enlighten me… lol

  • And chucky?…..personal grooming….have you seen yourself?

    In that sweater and pigglywiggly hat a can only shudder in disgust at sweaty dew flaps scarecly concealed by your elasticated waist fatboy pants.

  • Gotta be skinflute.

  • Bossman, I was just typing that. You and I were separated at birth.

    This week’s freak is a real over-acheiver, eh? May want to team up with the other guy who makes lunches from samples, they could dumpster dive together

  • He looks cute to me, hey I was gonna make the skinflute comment!!!

  • The bailout is going over better than this guy, ha ha..

  • Did everyone lose their jobs or something?

    Phil, you have two problems in your soba wish: 1) soba is not easily found in midtown and 2) if it is found, the place isn’t within your alloted 15 minute lunch (temp to temp, you need to work on that agreement.) The only place I’ve seen soba is Cafe Zest and that’s in the soba salad (which is very tasty and healthy). You may want to try the trifecta on 41st St.

  • NO! on the Shining Star! NO NO NO! Found cockroach IN my friend’s omelet. Sure, that was years ago, but the fear still remains. BTW, they still charged us for the omelet.

    Only one NO on Fred’s. Find the food kind of gross.

    There is an udon bar in the deli on the corner of 54th and Broadway. It’s seasonal (summertime it’s a salad bar), so it should be coming back soon. Quick and OK, not great.

  • it grosses me out that he wrote off vietnamese food as inedible yet loves pad thai. just saying, there’s a lot of crossover between the 2 cuisines, although vietnamese is clearly better.

  • I like this guy. Note to pretentious guy who pretended to eat only free food but actually only eats Freefood: learn from this guy. He is different but not annoying or off-putting.

  • yea but does this guy shuck oyesters in his free times during finals…. no! lol

  • I don’t know this person, but as a long time UWS resident, I truly question someone that view anywhere on the UWS (no less a no-name diner or a seriously mediocre restaurant) as their culinary mecca…

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