PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Naomi”

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 Naomi a Market Researcher and self proclaimed “fat kid” who likes banana sushi rolls.

Name: Naomi

Age: 23

Occupation: Market Researcher

Where in Midtown do you Work?: Rock Center’ish

Favorite Kind of Food: String beans, red peppers, spinach, cheese, blueberries, grapes, dark chocolate, sushi, falafel, fro-yo, cheesecake, Thai, Indian, Greek, Mexican… oh I’m sorry, was I just supposed to just name one?

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Capers, olives, dill, anything pickled that isn’t a pickle, beets, zucchini, certain sea creatures (urchins, jellyfish and swordfish, to name a few), animal organs, tofu, Korean food and ham. Oh, and Jell-O… I just don’t trust the stuff.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: I’d say I probably have one place to go for each kind of ethnic cuisine, however Cafe Duke (on 51st btw. 6+7th) is always a convenient option — although the excess of choices can be very overwhelming (and expensive). Burger Joint in the Parker Meridien (on 56th btw. 6+7th) is where I go when I crave something greasy — which may or may not be after a late night out — but if you want to get a booth you had better go armed with a strategy. On that same block there is a restaurant called Topaz Thai that I just tried last week. It offers a satisfying pad thai lunch special for $7. La Bonne Soupe on 55th St. offers the most delicious French Onion soup around and has a nice, cozy atmosphere. Havana Central has great Cuban food (try the seafood paella), and Two Boots is usually my office’s pizza place of choice. Oh, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t have a Cosi card… those Signature salads add up!

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? It’s not exactly “go-to” since we order delivery, but Toyama Sushi makes some of the most phenomenal sushi rolls I have ever tasted. I’m personally a fan of the Dynamite and Banana rolls, but they also have great maki lunch specials, which happen to be relatively inexpensive. Also, I am pretty sure market researchers as a whole have a slightly inappropriate hankering for Daisy May’s BBQ… (and yes, I did just use the word “hankering.”)

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? I now tell everyone visiting New York about the Halal cart on the SE corner of 53rd St. and 6th Ave — gotta love that red sauce! I also tried Aoki sushi (on 48th btw. 7+8th), which is a great place to go for lunch, but I usually stick to Toyama and order delivery. I’ve also been meaning to try Taam Tov (on 47th btw. 5+6th) and Moshe’s Falafel (on 46th btw. 5+6th) cart but that hasn’t happened yet…

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I can honestly say that there is no place I would rather be during lunchtime than in Manhattan. Where else can you have your pick of sushi, Cuban sandwiches, pizza, crepes or Indian food all within a five-minute walk?

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? I’m looking for healthy food options — after all, it’s the first week of 2009 and I’ve got some resolutions to attend too…

Well… I’m sure nobody will be surprised to know that I am against food resolutions, but I’m sure alot of you have resolved to be a little healthier (for at least the next month or two).  So, I’ll let this one slide.  Got a recommendation for Naomi?  Feel free to 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


  • Worms?

  • WORMS?! i guess i hate swordfish too then.

  • I don’t recall any worms in the swordfish steaks I’ve had…perhaps ignorance is bliss??? I found it to be very tastey overall…

  • Yeah, I guess under “Least Favorite Kind of Food”
    I can most definitely say, without any doubt, that WORMS would be my answer.

  • Worms, indeed.

    Lots of fish have them in their bellies (which doesn’t bother me, since I’m not interested in their bellies). Swordfish, however, frequently get them in the flesh, and that’s an effing deal-breaker for me.

    The good news? Cooking and freezing kills these bastards, so pretty much any fish you consume in the USA is safe. But having seen worms creep out of swordfish firsthand, “safe” just isn’t going to cut it for me.

  • W.O.R.M.S. is actually an acronym: Weird Or Random Meat Selection.

    What’s wrong with WORMS?

  • “Rock Centerish?” Well, I’m a “millionaireish.” How about I buy you a cup of coffee some time, baby. Smooooth Jazz.

  • I dnt really like olives either and i tried swordfish not to long ago…and am not a fan. I prefer Tilapia, flounder and i am forgetting this spanish dish(spain Galicia region) where this fish is cooked in this green like sauce its so yum.

  • I have to side with Naomi on the swordfish thing… worms or no worms. I find it to be really dense and dry- and not that good. I’d eat it if it was served to me, but it might be my least favorite fish…

  • Makes me sad that she doesn’t like Korean food since Korean bqq is at the top of my most favorite options of food, and especially kimchi. But it’s great that she likes string beans, blueberries, grapes and burgers because I do too. Never been to Taam Tov because I don’t like falafel & I don’t know what to get there other than falafel.

    PUMP is on the same side as Le Bonne Soupe and has a fantastic veggie burrito. Also the dry & sauteed Stringbeans with yibin city spice at Wu Liang Ye is fantastic.

  • I’m sorry N. You are only 23 and you are wrong. Sadly the blogger of this site only wants to fu*k you… that’s why you have time. give it up geeky

  • Love this pic of you on a site for Midtown lunch. Where was that taken? I’d guess Hawthorne, NY.

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