PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Alison”

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 Alison, a media salesperson who wishes we would do a Street Coffee Palooza!

Name: Alison

Age: 35

Occupation: Media Sales

Where in Midtown do you Work?: Rockefeller Center

Favorite Kind of Food: Things I can’t teach myself to cook at home, and that are so much better in restaurants anyway, like Thai, Sushi, and Ribs.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Anything I had to wait for, pay a lot for, or that left me hungry.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Roast Beef and Arugula sandwich at Pret a Manger, the C1 sandwich from Lenny’s, ‘Wichcraft, Koi at the Bryant Park Hotel.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? The place I’m happy to admit: The street cart on the south east corner of 53rd and 6th for chicken and lamb combo on rice with both the white and the red sauces. The one I’m more hesitant to admit: the company cafeteria.

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Most of the carts on Street Meat Palooza II. I rallied some friends to try #15 today (NE corner 50th & Park), and we were happy with our combo over rice.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Paris. Where lunch lasts for two hours, takes place away from one’s desk, is often subsidized, and wine is abundant. Also there is a lot of outdoor seating.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Coffee carts! Which ones do you like or especially dislike? I used to work near Lincoln Center, and loved the folks in front of Banana Republic on 67th and Broadway: strong coffee with a great taste, solid egg sandwiches from the griddle, could remember your usual order even when the line was 8 or 10 people deep and people were antsy. I have yet to find a cart in the Rock Center area worth a repeat visit. What are your favorites?

Anybody have a favorite coffee cart they can recommend to Alison? 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


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