PROFILE: Midtown (Competitive) Lunch’er “Will ‘The Champ’ Millender”

Every Tuesday we 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 Will “The Champ” Millender… the winner of Baja Fresh’s Cinco de Mayo burrito eating contest, and a likely qualifier in Go Go Curry’s eating championship. Customer service dude by day, competitive eater by…uh… night? And clearly a favorite to make the Profiled Midtown Lunch’er hall of fame!

Name: Will “The Champ” Millender

Age: 29

Occupation: Customer Service/Competitive Eater

Where in Midtown do you Work?: 45th St. and Madison Ave.

Favorite Kind of Food: Favorite Kind of Food: I have a lot of favorites. Unfortunately they tend to be unhealthy. Go figure. I’d say my favorite food item is Onion Rings. However, for a meal, Pizza is probably my favorite thing. And since I live in a heavily Italian populated neighborhood in Brooklyn (Bay Ridge). I’m a bit spoiled.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: I don’t dig Shrimp and Lobster. I’m not a big fan of the fact that they fall in the same species class as the cockroach. Just can’t seem to get the image out of my head. For some reason, I’m able to make an exception for crab once in awhile though.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: I enjoy the heck out of the salads at Dishes (on 45th btw. Mad+5th). I can’t tell you why, but their salads, as simple as it sounds, just taste better than anywhere else. Maybe they use magic. They also make a mean Coconut Fried Chicken, but it’s way expensive if you want more than one or two pieces. I like the Meatloaf Sandwich from ‘wichcraft with their cream sandwich cookies for a dessert. Fast food wise, I like that there is a Ranch One nearby (on 46th btw. 5+6th). I haven’t ordered from there as much because I was dissatisfied with my first order, but I’m going to have to give it another go soon. Lastly and most surprisingly, the Duane Reade on 5th and 44th has sandwiches that are made by their Delish brand which are quite tasty if you’re in a rush.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? I go far too often to Green Cafe because it’s right downstairs from my office. They have buffet style lunches and it’s way too easy to load up your tray and come up with a $15 – $20 tab.

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? I’ve been a ML fan for awhile, but don’t read every single day. On the Competitive Eating website Eat Feats, I was surprised to find I missed the link to the post for Baja Fresh Cinco De Mayo Eating Contest qualifiers where the winner gets a month of free lunch ($10 a day value). I went the next day and qualified with a finish time of 3 mins and 55 secs. Only two other guys were brave enough to face me (one of them being another eater Don “Moses” Lerman). Myself and Don won the lunch for each of their locations. Additionally, ML posted about last years Go Go Curry Eating contest which I couldn’t do due to work priorities at the time. I’ve posted the 2nd place time so far this year, by less than a second. But the reason it’s so easy is not just because I’m one of the fastest eaters, but because their rice and curry is so damn good. I highly recommend them.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I’m a simple guy. I know what I like. So I’d probably say Bay Ridge. Bagel Boy makes the best sandwiches. Lonestar Bar and Grill makes the best burger and boneless chicken wings. Rocco’s makes the best pizza. Peppino’s makes the best eggplant parm hero. Who could ask for more?

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Who’s next?

I don’t know what that means, but it scares me. 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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