PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Tinger”

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 Tinger, an “intimate apparel” designer (?!) who loves cheese.

Name: Tinger

Age: 24

Occupation: Print and Graphics Designer for a private label intimate apparel company (and blogger at Tinger Tastings)

Where in Midtown do you Work?: Herald Square Area

Favorite Kind of Food: Oh geez, where do I start?? I guess in terms of salty foods, it would have to be any type of homemade dumplings, spicy noodle soup, any and all seafood/sushi, PIZZA ( white pizza with ricotta cheese, rosemary, spinach and garlic, margherita, or a well done plain slice), gorgonzola gnocchi, falafel sandwiches stuffed to capacity with veggies/condiments, anything with coconut curry…. In terms of sweet, red velvet ANYTHING (as long as it comes with a cream cheese of some sort), gelato/ice cream cones, anything stuffed with chocolate ganache…wow, I am making myself drool just typing this stuff out

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Anything mass produced, generic, from a chain restaurant, or of poor quality. Anything “low fat, sugar free, low carb”= depressing and unsatisfying, how can anyone LIVE like that??

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: I’m a huge fan of Maoz Vegetarian (7th Ave. & 40th St.) since it’s so close to my work, Ying Du (38th btw. 7+8th) but they raised their prices from 4.50 a container to 5.00 :( , Baoguette (Lex btw. 25+26th) is always tasty, and Cafe Zaiya (41st btw. Mad+5th) for when I want something small and cute.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Bryant Market on the corner of 38th and 6th. They have the cheapest per lb buffet and its actually quite tasty.

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Thanks to Midtown lunch I have discovered Cafe Zaiya, Oms/b (45th btw. 3rd+Lex)- I liked it but too much rice, not enough yummy stuff, and Crisp (40th btw. 6th+B’way)

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I lived in Rome for a while, so I must say I would love to move back. I think I gained 10 lbs living there because everything I put in my mouth was one incredible flavor explosion after the next. All of the food was so fresh and carefully made, and I must say that to this day I have yet to eat a pizza in the US that is better than the ones I’ve had in Italy.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? What is your favorite food to eat that’s only available in spring or summer months and where is the best place to get it? For me I look forward to the lychee fruits they sell in Chinatown, delicious and refreshing!

Got an answer for the Tinger? 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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