PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Amy”

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 I’m excited to welcome Amy from the site Amy Blogs Chow.  Not only does she have a great website, with funny videos of her making “Stupidly Simple Snacks”, but she was also one of the attendees of my Crash Course in Food Blogging at Whole Foods (in her defense, though, those two things are completely unrelated.)

Name: Amy

Age: 25

Occupation: Freelance Writer for Zagat and I take photos of food and blog about it on my own site, Amy Blogs Chow. Plus, I make s’mores on YouTube.

Where in Midtown do you Work?: Close enough to the UN to be cordoned off from the building every time someone with a black limo and national flag pulls up.

Favorite Kind of Food: Corned beef sandwiches, sushi, medium rare cheeseburgers, cookies, cakes. Thai and Italian cuisine. Barbecue. I’m also quite happy about the fried chicken trend.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Licorice.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Any of the rice balls and croquettes at Oms/B finished off with coffee and a chocolate chip cookie from Macchiato Espresso Bar (on 44th btw. Lex+3rd). When I worked on the west side, I would go to Kashkaval (on 9th Ave. btw. 55+56th) for the goat cheese and caramelized onion panini, which I would drown in balsamic vinegar before eating. I love the pad thai from Wondee Siam (on 9th Ave. btw. 52+53rd) too.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? I get the Palm Beach shrimp wrap at Chop’t to get my dose of greens for the week. I don’t have co-workers, but I lure friends to Midtown for shrimp tempura and udon at Onya (on 47th btw. Lex+3rd). If it’s on my way, I’ll go to Le Pain Quotidien for an overpriced chocolate croissant.

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Schnitzel & Things. Those guys are the salt of the earth.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Sydney. Fruits like mango and passion fruit are not so unusual there so you can get fresh tropical fruit juices for really cheap! And just about every Japanese place in Sydney sells inexpensive seaweed-wrapped sushi cones, which are more delicious than the plastic sushi boxes we have here.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? For my next video, I’m thinking about making a simple meal or snack that you can bring to work for lunch. Suggestions? P.S. Fred: I’m watching you.

Got something you want to see Amy make in her next video? Put it in the comments. And as always if you 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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