PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Elizabeth”

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 Elizabeth, half of the team that runs The Skint- a great blog dedicated to the daily listing of free and cheap food, events, and other stuff around New York City.

Name: Elizabeth

Age: 36

Occupation: Hired pen/content jockey (and half of the team behind The Skint)

Where in Midtown do you Work?: Depends where assignments/meetings take me, so pretty much all over.

Favorite Kind of Food: Vietnamese, French, Chinese, Szechuan , Colombian, Mexican, seafood, cheese, ramen; anything pickled or smothered in garlic

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Anything from a steam table or buffet (with the exception of City Bakery)

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Tantan-men at Sapporo (on 49th btw. 7th), wonton noodle soup (with duck) at Hing Won (on 48th btw. 5+6th), fried fish at Happy Well Being Cart (R.I.P.), and I’ll cobble together a picnic when the greenmarket comes to Rockefeller Plaza.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Hing Won, definitely.

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? The Biryani cart at 46th & 6th.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Near the Paris stock exchange, where a chicken leg or a slice of pâté at Bouillon Chartier is cheap and delicious. Or Sunset Park ’s Fifth Avenue, so I could just tack from food cart to chicken joint to taqueria.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Where do I find an excellent bowl of pho in Midtown?

Sadly, I don’t think it exists. Pho 32 (in Koreatown on 32nd btw. 5+B’way) is ok, but I don’t think anybody would call it “good” (probably owing to the fact that the owners probably aren’t Vietnamese.) I think they serve Pho at Boi Sandwich though. Anybody try that version? Or have another recommendation for Elizabeth? Feel free to leave it in the comments.

And 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

Photo of Elizabeth comes courtesy of Tanya Braganti


  • Yep, I gotcha, Fred. Everything you say when you are stoned on that PAVLOV, first-class vodka makes sense to me, sweetheart.

  • DocChuck, the only things you “got” are a nigh-condemned singlewide in rural Arkansas, a pedophilic disposition, a couple of court summons documents you have mistaken for PhDs, a criminal history including jail time on harassment charges both via internet and in person, and a really bad case of a broad mixture of various untreated venereal diseases. Oh, almost forgot, unlimited internet use at the local library, where they line a chair with paper towels before you sit down and throw said chair out to the trash thereafter.

  • @Fred, prefer the one liners, kind of like when the first kid on the block hears the bell or music and screams “ICE CREAM MAN!” when the ice cream truck comes cruising down the street.

    Patricia Heaton maybe. As for Moira Kelly, she would have to be in a sequined skater dress and yelling at DB Sweeney for me to see a resemblance.

  • What about Sasha Alexander?

  • Okay, if the Man from UNCLE and Mark Harmon were standing next to her in that bar picture then yes, Sasha Alexander. Geeze, I watch way too much TV.

  • Fred, every time we get trolled, an angel loses its wings, or a kitten dies, or, I don’t know. Something awful. I just wish chris6sigma were right. Whether we feed the troll by acknowledging him, or by actively ignoring him, the troll grows stronger.

  • @adamprato: God masturbates a kitten.

  • Speaking of watching too much television, the Gibbs character was once asked what Ducky looked like when he was younger, and his reply was “Illya Kuryakin”

    Adam, the only thing that has stopped DocChuck from verbally defecating on other websites/blogs – mainly but not exclusively food-related – is to ban him and/or his ip address. The vast majority of blogs he has befouled with his mere presence have already done so. Off the Broiler will even delete comments merely referencing him. Zach seems to have taken a liking to him, tho I doubt he’d agree to meet him in person – but as a result, we’re stuck with him.

  • Fred, as Zach said here –


    January 23rd, 2009 at 11:23 am

    @ben – “Like” is a strong word. I’m just afraid of banning him, and then having him come and kill me.

    That seems prudent…

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    Thanks for the nice comments about the site, guys! And for the pho recommendations.

    StreetMeasOnsumer3008: You’re probably right about the Chinatown thing. (Though I do like the rice crepes with grilled pork chops on L’Annam’s cheapo lunch menu.)

    El Dubya El: I only avoid steam tables in delis because I’ve been sick from them more than once (the sneeze guard can do only so much, you know?). At a wedding, though, I show no such restraint.

    Rudy McBagel: I’m a charter member of the Fergus Henderson fan club. Love offal.

    DocChuck09: Fried chicken is one of my weaknesses! Have you had it at egg in Williamsburg? Best in the city, in my book.



    DocChuck09 isn’t in NYC. He’s only on this blog to make fun of those of us from “New Yawk City” and our “obsession” with cheap food, steam tables, and streetcarts. Search google for DocChuck some time :) His favorite pasttime involves harassing food bloggers :)

  • Prato, DocChuck was doing business regularly in NYC at least 50 years BEFORE you got off the boat. How little you obviously know about the real world. Matter of fact, my wife (Doctor E.) and I were in your area just last Tuesday, unfortunately.

    And, no, Liz I have not, but I will keep it in mind on our next trip to the area (in about four weeks).

  • “Doctor E” is a prison guard and is sized to play nose tackle in the NFL. Think Coach Ballbreaker in Porky’s, only much larger and less pleasant. She thinks the cavity searches she does on prisoners makes her a proctologist. On the weekends, she does laser hair removal on household pets.

  • ElizB, thank you for the clarification although I feel bad you had to explain yourself to a blog-troll like myself.

  • @Fred, hilarious, sorry I never saw that episode!

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