PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Jessica”

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 Jessica, a Midtown sales/marketing lunch’er who can cook a meal on the streets of NYC for under $12.

Name: Jessica Hartley

Age: 26

Occupation: Sales Development/Marketing (I also have a blog called Hartley Confections, and I’ll be starring in a webisode called the $12 Challenge on Food Network’s new blog, Food 2 in the next few months. Essentially its a cooking and dating show where you compete to win a date with a foodie by using your culinary skills to prepare a fabulous meal given $12, two hours and the new york city streets as your kitchen.)

Where in Midtown do you Work?: Midtown East

Favorite Kind of Food: Hamburgers, Lasagna, & Mexican Food

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Korean

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Gourmet 53 (on 53rd & 3rd) for their salad assortments. You get a salad, homemade pita chips, & a cookie for $5.50. I also like Zarela’s for special occassions. It’s my favorite Mexican restaurant in the city! Plus Asian Station (on 52nd btw. Lex+3rd), PJ Clarke’s (on 3rd & 55th), Thai 51 (on 51st btw. 2+3rd), and Yama 49 (on 49th & 2nd.)

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Gourmet 53. How can you beat that deal?

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Crisp (on 3rd btw. 43+44th)

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Upper West Side. They have so many fabulous restaurants that I’ve yet to try because I live & work on the east side.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? How often do you go out for lunch versus bring your own lunch?

Uh… I eat lunch out 5 days a week!  As always if you’d like to be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate), email me at


  • Overall pedestrian and bland preferences. Seems like she’d be better off living in the Midwest or something.

  • I had woorijip for lunch. Mm… koreans….

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    Oh, I forgot to answer the question about bringing lunch from home. I bring lunch from home a few times per year. My lunchtime rotation involves Halal guys at 53rd and 7th, Jamaican dutchy, Korean from Cafe Duke, Vietnamese from Bos Lucky Sunday, and scrounging to find something new on the fifth day.

  • OKAY since I am rested up and back from vacation, I guess I can manage answering Jessica’s question. I actually bring lunch almost everyday. I really only have the $$ to buy my lunch at most once a week. I usually spring for a treats truck purchase a few times a month, but ML goes a long way making sure I get the best value for my paltry allowance. Though I’m stuck in a bit of a Kwick Meal II falafel rut lately. (today they were super cute and insistent that I take their flyer/menu with press clippings about Fox and Friends but NO MENTION OF MIDTOWNLUNCH!)

  • Welcome back Sarah.

    I’m mean now.

  • despite your recent scolding, Rudy? I’m shocked, frankly.

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    just a girl hoping for lurid comments and doing some shameful self promoting.

    like an itunes celebrity playlist where the pr agency phoned it in and there’s no explanations about the songs chosen and it’s a total waste of time.

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    wow some people are really mean

  • i love me some white castles

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