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


  • chiyoda makes a delish soba salad.

  • @ b-eater: What about Dinosaur BBQ? That’s fairly up there on the upper west.

  • I know the UWS culinary world, and it is a sad, sad, sad, world…. and overpriced.

    Sal & Carmines does not count as UWS… too far up, BTW

  • Not to pile on, but the Brite Spot (which is amazing by the way) is in Echo Park, not Silverlake.

  • soba soup? damn that’s difficult… try Yagura on 41st or the other Japanese joints to see what’s up. Don’t hold your breath though… under $10 and good and fast for soba? hard to find.

  • It should come as a surprise to no one – shortly after entering his personal evaluation of this young man, DocChuck blew up the photo to roughly life sized, cut out a circular hole at the mouth, plastered the cutout over my face, and then – well, you know the rest. He sang the theme from Disney Channel’s “Phil of the Future” throughout. I think he also said something about altar boys should cast their eyes up to heaven – just as this week’s profilee has. Twitchy (his beloved hamster who lives in his rectum, if such things infiltrate you) popped loose during the proceedings.

  • I do not own a blow-updoll and have not for over 35 years, now.

    I do own a lifesize voodoo doll of Ms. Jane Stern, should that interest you.

  • There are actually several places to get soba over here on the east side, but none of it is “blow-your-mind-amazing.” The new Silo place in Crystal Pavillion has a soba/udon bar that my coworker enjoyed, and there’s a few generic delis over here that do similar things (but with less ingredients than I saw from Silo). You’re probably better off just ordering takeout from somewhere like Menchanko Tei (more expensive but tastier).

  • Doesn’t Cafe Duke have a soba station?

  • Cockchug, you and Tingtong aren’t worthy enough to clean Jane Stern’s underpants. While you spend your time harrassing food blogs, she and Michael actually create one, and a good one at that. (

    While they are a blessing to the food community, you are but a pus-filled pimple upon it’s hairy ass

  • Whatever, I think Phil’s cute, John Krasinski pose or not. What instrument do you play? (You look like a bassist.)

  • For UWS, your mecca should be Silk Road.

    I’ve already said too much…

  • He really looks like Jack Dee.

  • HAHA! Silk Road… really bad chinese… but cheap, so yeah, I’ve been there.

  • PS… I think he’s trying to look up at his receding hairline.

  • The food improves tremendously if you factor in the free, unlimited box wine.

  • Do they do that for lunch? I had lunch there a few months ago and they never even offered me booze, THE NERVE!!!
    Yes, I may be a refined lady of wealth (I have a full $20 in my purse!) and sophistication, but I am not above accepting free box wine.

  • My dearest “Wayne,” so-called:

    Jane Stern has been ripping off her “followers” on their CULTsite, for years.

    They have recruited people of the same mentality as themselves to PROMOTE their cheesy, meaningless, pulp-fiction-type publications.

    It is time that Jane Stern is exposed for what she REALLY is: a grotesquely obese gypsy fortune-teller who eats bad food and then writes about it. Snooze.

  • Chucky, even for a texan paedorist you’re enormously ugly.

  • Dunno if it’s quite “mind blowing,” but the soba/soup station at the 49th St omnideli is very good. It’s between Park and Madison, north side, and they nalso have a great salad deal (a salad bowl with ALL the add-ins you want, including meats, etc., for $7) and decent Mongolian BBQ.

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