PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Janet”

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 Janet, a PR consultant who loves Asian food and is looking for a good cup of coffee.

Name: Janet

Age: 30

Occupation: PR Consultant

Where in Midtown do you Work?: 7th Avenue between 40th and 41st

Favorite Kind of Food: All Asian – Korean, Thai, Japanese, Sushi, Vietnamese, (more or less anything that involves noodles or rice), Italian, Indian, french fries, pulled BBQ pork sandwiches, any kind of seafood – especially oysters, mussels, lobster and crab!

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Not going to lie – Mexican. I don’t hate it but it’s definitely not my go to choice of cuisine. Also, I don’t really have a sweet tooth so all those cupcake/dessert places…can definitely do without.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Kati Roll (on 39th btw. 5+6th), Woorijip (on 32nd btw. B’way+5th), Duke’s, Cafe Zaiya (on 41st btw. Mad+5th), Hale & Hearty, Lazzara’s Pizza (on 38th btw. 6+7th). I’m originally from Toronto, Canada where the only street food is hot dogs and there are no buffet/salad tables in delis so I’m in love with the abundance of street food options and delis here.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Duke’s, Subway, Gingers, Metro

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Kati Rolls!!! Minar (on 46th btw. 6+7th), Cafe Zaiya, Margon (on 46th btw. 6+7th), Wafels & Dinges Truck and many more that are still on our list to try…Schnitzel Truck, Jamaican Dutchy (on 51st and 7th), NYC Cravings and must, must try Hing Won (on 48th btw. 5+6th).

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Anywhere in Asia where I can eat copious amounts of street food while drinking copious amounts of Soju and Sake. Pho, Ramen, Korean BBQ – bring it all.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Where can I find good coffee? I live downtown so I often go to 9th Street Espresso, Abraco and Gimme! Coffee but I can’t seem to find a decent cup of Joe in Disneyland!!! FYI – Juan Valdez doesn’t count.

Well, I’m not a discerning coffee drinker- but you’re only 12 blocks away from the newly opened Stumptown in the Ace Hotel (which everyone seem to be raving about.)  There’s also Culture Espresso Bar on 38th btw. 5+6th, which serves Intelligentsia coffee.  Anybody else have a suggestion for Janet?  Put it in the comments…

And as always if anybody would like to be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate), email me at


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