PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Anita”

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 Anita, an avid bike rider who wishes she lived in India.

Name: Anita

Age: 26

Occupation: Digital Strategist, Bike Blogger

Where in Midtown do you Work?: 34th and 5th Ave but I used be on 42nd and 3rd when I discovered Midtown Lunch

Favorite Kind of Food: Noodles and dumplings from pretty much from any ethnic cuisine. I love ramen but also love those hand pulled noodles in Chinatown. There are great places in Sunset Park Brooklyn. One gave me food poisoning but I love it so much I keep going back. I also love homemade pastas, Chinese dumplings, polish dumplings, ect. I like my carbs.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Generic American or in Midtown things found inside my building like Europa Cafe and Big Apple Cafe

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Kati Roll (on 39th btw. 5+6th), the Aloo Unda and Chicken are my staples. Menchanko-Tei (on 45th btw. Lex+3rd), though it’s pretty far from me now. Woorijip (on 32nd btw. B’way+5th) and Saravanaas- though I guess that’s technically outside Midtown

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? My go to spot is Woorijip because it’s so cheap, so close and has pretty decent food.

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? The dollar pizza joints, Menchanko-Tei, places that serve kati rolls besides Kati Roll (like Grill 44)

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I’d live in a small town in India because take out food is cheap, healthy and I’d never get sick of it and people can go home for lunch! Also they have tiffin-wallas there, people who will pack and deliver lunch to your office in a tiffin for dirt cheap. That would be amazing.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Yes! 1- What’s your favorite place in or near to Koreatown? 2 – Where can I find the best dumplings or noodles in Midtown? Oh and though this isn’t a question just a shameless plug, my blog Brooklyn by Bike takes food tours around the city. Cycling foodies, come join us!

Got a suggestion for Anita? 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


  • Speak of the Freak.


  • Before everyone jumps all over her for plugging her blog I would like to say that I enjoy both eating and riding my bike and her food related bike rides are of interest to me. Also, carbs FTW.

  • Mantao has incredible shrimp and pork dumplings…

  • Let’s see you ride your bike and eat a hot bowl of ramen at the same time. ;)

  • I ride your bike.

  • If you want to spare yourself a death by dysentery in rural India you might be interested in this closer to home option:

    I haven’t yet tried it myself.

  • You gotta respect the intelligence of anyone who would eat New Yawk City swill in chinatown — get food poisoning — and keep going back for more.

    Let me think …. they have a name for that type of psychological behavior, I believe.

    YES!!! Culinary masochism.

    GAWD, I love it.

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    I work at the same corner. Time and weather permitting, it’s worth the walk out-of-bounds to either Baoguette or Dhaba (though I guess you prefer Saravanaas-type Indian). For Korean lunch above the ML price range, I like Dons Bagam. For sit-down Korean lunch within ML price range, I don’t have a clue. (Has anyone actually *tried* all of them? Each one I try seems decent enough. And is there one that can be called the cheapest?) If you have a thing for noodle soups, you have to at least try the chicken noodle soup at Arirang.

  • 1 – my favorite place in koreatown is the e-mo kimbab on 32nd street

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    If you want reviews of Tiffin, go to

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    Favorite Korean with dumplings:
    Don’s Bogam, on 32nd between 5th and Madison, has an awesome ddukk mandoo gook. It’s a clear beef broth with rice cakes, some of the best dumplings I’ve had, and glass noodles. Perfect for winter.
    My other favorite is BCD Tofu, on 32nd between 5th and 6th Ave. It’s an LA chain that’s made it’s way to Korea and NY, and the mandoo (dumpling) tofu stew is awesome as well.
    I’m not a huge fan of Mandoo Bar, actually.

  • tiffinnewyork, here i come

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