PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Rebecca”

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, meet Rebecca- an executive receptionist who loves chili fries, and needs help tracking down a Mongolian BBQ place.

Name: Rebecca

Age: 30

Occupation: Executive Receptionist

Where in Midtown do you Work?: Private equity firm in midtown; 56th and 5th avenue

Favorite Kind of Food: Indian, Thai, French fries, BBQ, Cheese, Steak, Cheesesteaks! Don’t forget Chili Cheese fries…so gross, so GOOD…. ANYTHING with bacon.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Italian and Sushi (i know, i know!) These are good foods in my book, but if I had to prioritize, they would be my LEAST favorite.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: I love the Asia Grill (on 65th & 2nd) for their marinated beef cubes and Bun Xao with beef, Tina’s Cuban (on 56th btw. 5+6th) for their pork and plantains sandwich, the Tofu BLT from Uncle Marky’s Organics (on 53rd btw. 2+3rd) and I’m not nuts for tofu, Pita Grill’s Fish tacos (on 2nd Ave. btw. 50+51st), Kati Rolls, Scallion pancakes from Joe’s Shanghai (on 56th btw. 5+6th), Bibimbap from Korean Pro (on 56th btw. 5+6th), the Mexican and Jalapeno hummus from Crisp (on 3rd Ave. btw. 43+44th), the Woody Allen from the Carnegie Deli (on 7th Ave. and 55th), big noodle bowls from Lili’s 57 (on 57th & 7th).

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Printon 56 (on 56th btw. 5+6th), Mangia, Cafe Classico, and Hale and Hearty. I don’t mind Printon too much but Mangia’s prices keep going up and their portion sizes keep going down! Hale and Hearty takes an hour to deliver and they are literally across the street…what’s up with that?

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? The Midtown Lunch Sandwich Challenge changed my life! It gives me something to look forward to while I’m staring at my computer all day. You have no idea how many hours have been wasted staring at the menus on Seamlessweb with NO clue what I feel like eating. I had never tried FreeFoods and now I love the Duck pastrami. Now, Tina’s/Sophie’s and the amazing Mexican from Crisp. (plus Cammarerri’s proscuitto roll from the cart as soon as I get there)

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Barcelona…the combo of many different types of tapas, the wine and siestas, along with the fact I’ve never been there, make it the obvious choice.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Why is there no Mongolian BBQ here? I’m from Vancouver and they are EVERYWHERE. Also, I fell in love with an El Salvadorean place in Brooklyn called Bahia and I NEED a closer locale to eat PAPUSAS!!!! (And don’t tell me Red Hook.)

Mongolian BBQ @ Food World, Midtown NYC

Yeah, I think you are SOL on the pupusa front… but there is tons of mongolian bbq in Midtown! None of the places are all you can eat (you have to pay by the pound) but they do exist. I wrote about the one at Food World (on 46th btw. Mad+5th) awhile back, but that may be a bit too far for you. Anybody else have any Mongolian BBQ recommendations for Rebecca?

And as always if you want to be next weeks’ Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nomninate), email me at


  • I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I really hate the Food World Mongolian BBQ. For my money, the one at Cafe Variety (48th between 5th and 6th) is MUCH better. Still by the pound though…

  • There’s a mongolian bbq place on 49th between Madison & Park as well. I forget the name tho…

  • If she is 30…I’m a millionaire.

  • I am, she aint.

  • I am pretty sure sausage is one of her favorites…

  • Man I went to Food World last week, didn’t put any carbs in my plate and still ended up paying 15.00 lol… it was good though.

  • Azure on 51st and 3rd has a good mongo BBQ

  • I love Bahia! Delivery takes a while but those sandwiches are awesome. Check out Acapulco in Greenpoint. It’s way up there by the pulaski bridge at clay st. but they make a killer torta. B43 stops there.

  • those comments about her age are mean…….im sure she was 30…(12-15 years ago) lol

  • you guys are vicious dude – but i guess that’s what you sign up for when you volunteer for a profile

  • You guys are bastards…first off, who cares how old she is? And if you ask me, if she’s 35, that’s even hotter!

    Becca, big props for your anti-NYC female like diet. BBQ, cheesesteaks, fries? You’re everyman’s dream!

  • Damn this whole post just reminds me I’ll be 25 again in 2 weeks. :-(


  • theres a mongolian grill at pranzo across from barclehs on 50th b/w 6th and 7th…thats the only reason to go there. oh, that and they have mangos and blackberries at their by the lb buffet.

  • I’ve got one month Mamacita, but I know the feeling.

  • Cheeeesesteaks! Good Call! Wish they knew how to make ‘em in NYC! Sometimes, when you wanna do something right, you gotta do it yourself! And Becca is hot, though I am confused why she looks tomato red—is it my monitor, or is it an hour too long in the tanning bed? Not trying to be insulting here, I’m totally serious….my monitor’s color has been doing wacky things today!

  • I was going to complain about all the comments pertaining to her looks, but then I remember how much fun everyone made of some guys who had the bad luck to wear funny clothes in their profile picture. There’s equal opportunity meanness on this site. I just credit that to everyone being hungry and cranky.

  • Rebecca – try Despana down on Broome St for a perfect Barcelona-style lunch. Take-out place with a few seats, a bit pricey but the food is superb. Many different types of jamon and chorizo. I for one can never get umm.. I mean give enough sausage. Yeah, give, that’s what I meant.

  • korovka, the sole other reason to ever go to Pranzo is for half price deli sushi after 4. Yes, it’s deli sushi, but a cheap cali roll can make for a nice afternoon snack (and reason to leave the office).

  • @Goats – maybe its the asian glow (yes, some non-asians have it too)

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