PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Liz”

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 Liz, a great golfer (I’m guessing) who loves barbecue nachos. (Nice.)

Name: Liz

Age: 30

Occupation: Advertising Assistant/Freelance Writer

Where in Midtown do you Work?: 45th & Lex.

Favorite Kind of Food: Cheese, Burritos, Ice cream

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Sushi (sorry! I’ll turn in my New York City resident card now)

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: The Roast Turkey Sandwich from ‘wichcraft makes me not afraid of turkey sandwiches anymore (too much bad deli turkey can make a person fear it), Pampano Taqueria (on 3rd Ave. btw. 49+51st) pescado, vegetarian or alambre burritos with tons of their tomatillo green salsa. Curried corn chowder from Dishes (Multiple Locations). If I’m really feeling sad and deserving, a mini chocolate cake from the Little Pie Co. in Grand Central. Virgils BBQ (on 44th btw. 6+7th) in Times Square – any kind of pulled meat from them, or their barbecue nachos will do. Chopped salad from Josie’s (on 3rd Ave. & 37th St.) Any burger or sub from Jackson Hole (3rd Ave. & 35th St.) because they’re smothered in melted cheese. Grilled cheese for breakfast for lunch at the Comfort Diner (45th & 3rd). Tomato Cheddar soup from Hale & Hearty contains addictive chemicals, I’m convinced. And it should be said that I am 100% devoted to Oren’s Coffee in Grand Central any time of day. Best coffee and nicest staff, hands down.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Naples 45 (on 45th btw. Mad+Park) and Chipotle for convenience. Chipotle guacamole is decent for chain food, what can I say? There’s a Metro Sandwich shop in my building too and I have to admit that a giant tortellini pasta bowl with mozzarella mixed in makes great hangover food. Again, I’m answering this question based on convenience, my go-to’s are such because I don’t have to walk far.

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Naples’ post-2pm discounted slices. They are not old slices! They are hot and fresh! It’s heaven. I also discovered their pasta fagioli soup too which is great.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? San Francisco inside the Ferry Market Terminal. Specifically inside the Cowgirl Creamery or Pancho Villa Tacos right outside the terminal.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? What sandwich/burger joint has the best pickles?

Pickle fan, eh? I’m a half sour man myself, so if anybody has any recs for those, I’ll take it. Anybody got anything? Post your suggestions 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


  • Sarge’s has great half sours. My fav too.

  • I’m waiting with bated breath for DocChuck’s pickle-related double entendre comment…

  • We won’t hear from Chuckie again – this is a photo of Liz beating his lardy arse to death with a golf club

  • FREAK OF THE WEEK woo hoo!

  • Nothing against the curried corn chowder at Dishes, but the corn and pumpkin bisque is BY FAR the best soup there.

  • I wanna party with Liz. Solid cuisine choices and she looks pretty wild.

    Zach, you have to bring in some Tuesday Freakshow profiles that are easier targets.

  • i believe liz and I work for the same man. I don’t know where there are any pickles, sorry.

  • Love her! Brittany pic is priceless. I will even refrain from the blatantly obvious pickle one liner. I love a chick that eats and is slightly insane.

  • Im Outa material.

  • I like this one. She’s got spunk.

  • My dearest Liz:

    Being a psychologist, I have seen and successfully treated many patients like you.

    You do very much resemble my wife, which concerns me more than just a little bit, as she was in New Yawk City just last week and claimed to have played golf there.

  • I like her. She hates sushi, too so she’s aces in my book. I wonder if she’d steal my fries? I might have to replace Mamacita.

  • Great picture!

    Maybe that’s just Liz’s reaction to Quiznogate 2009.

  • Mendy’s in the rock center concourse has good pickles

  • I didn’t know you liked pickles. For sad.

    That’s not a beer you are attacking, is it??

  • No Tracy, not attacking a beer, just pretending I’m a Samurai. Thanks for the pickle recommendations, guys. I think Julius in the west village has the BEST pickles but since it’s not Midtown, I’m trying to find a place just like them near work. I also steal fries often, it burns a lot of lunch bridges.

  • Might I suggest you frequent Oren’s less often.

    Much less often.

  • *sigh* am I ever to find a friend who doesn’t hit and let’s me keep all my fries?

  • @dubya – LOL

    Liz, I have a fry rule. If you get fries and I dont we have to share…and vice versa. You can have the pickles from all my future lunches.

  • i like the sour tomatoes at 99 miles to philly.

    also the cheesesteak, w/ Wiz, onions, green peppers, sweet peppers and hot peppers!!

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