PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Moira”

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 Moira, the brains behind Rum and Blackbird a brand new food walking tour company in Hell’s Kitchen.

Name: Moira

Age: 28

Occupation: Tasting Tour Tycoon

Where in Midtown do you Work?: Rum & Blackbird Tasting Tours in Hell’s Kitchen – I know 9th Avenue is technically out of bounds for midtown lunch, but I do find myself venturing into the thick of midtown for the right food, especially if its something Mediterranean or barbecued.

Favorite Kind of Food: Savory pastries and meat pies

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Salisbury steak and over-cooked salmon.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: This list is a bit 9th Avenue focused: Xie Xie (on 9th btw. 45+46th) for their sweet glazed pork bun, Poseidon Bakery (on 9th Ave. btw. 44+45th) for their spanakopita and tiropita. Inside midtown, Akdeniz (on 46th btw. 5+6th) for hummus and babba ganoush and Virgil’s BBQ for BBQ trash riblets.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? I find myself at Gazala Place on 9th Ave all the time. Their bourekas are the best savory pies in the city.

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Akdeniz. Talk about Turkish delights! Also, I’ve been going to the “new” Shendy’s Halal Cart (on 52nd and 6th).

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Greece – just so I can eat a million types of feta cheese, olives, and grilled fish while dining next to a crystal blue ocean.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? What are your favorite Mediterranean spots in Midtown? I need to grow my list and show off some tasty spots when I dine with my food writing pals working in midtown.

Got a recommendation for Moira? Put it in the comments. Want more recommendations *from* Moira?  Take one of her Rum & Blackbird food tours!  (Use the code “midtown” and get $5 off.)

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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