PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Sarah”

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 Sarah, an actress who likes her steak to still be moo’ing and is looking for a good guac.

Name: Sarah

Age: 26

Occupation: Actress/Blogger

Where in Midtown do you Work?: Auditions are as far north as 54th and 8th or as far south as 36th and 8th-so I have covered a lot of ground of midtown west in the four years I have lived here!

Favorite Kind of Food: Kimchee, sourdough bread, fried mandoo, VERY rare steak (still mooing, please), french fries, anything spicy enough to make my lips blister, bone marrow, foie gras, guacamole, the sourdough bacon burger from Jack in the Box, chili cheese Fritos, and nutella…YES NUTELLA!

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Okra. I can’t get past the slime factor. And Jello. A dessert should not be see through, and that’s just the way I feel.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Pick-A- Pita (on 8th btw. 39+40th) for some french fry stuffed falafel sandwiches, Baja Fresh (on 41st and B’way) for the steak quesadilla and the unlimited salsa bar, Woorjip‘s kimchee soup and fried mandoo (on 32nd btw. B’way+5th), the Pad Kee Mao at Pam Real Thai (on 49th btw. 9+10th), Sloppy Fries at Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen (on 41st and 8th), and absolutely anything on the menu at Xie Xie (on 9th btw. 45+46th) as long as you get the 1,000 year old ice cream sandwich for dessert. To misquote John Mayer, it is Gustatory Napalm. For reals.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Lenny’s. So embarrassingly expensive and predictable, but the veggies are always fresh and the fresh roasted turkey totally takes all sandwiches to a new level.

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? The Street Sweets Truck! The macarella is to die for! And Maoz Vegetarian (on 40th and 7th). How great is that unlimited salad bar? I swear I SO love unlimited things!

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? SINGAPORE! The national sport there is eating! Seriously, people there probably eat full meals every 16 minutes, and still look great-what gives?? And Singapore has every kind of food you can think of, from Thai to American, from $2 laksa on the street to a full tasting menu in a haute restaurant. The people of Singapore really appreciate eating and you can talk for a long time to a stranger at a food court about where the best green papaya salad is. That’s my kind of lunching town!

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? I could make a whole meal out of guacamole and a bag of chips. Anywhere in Midtown that has some really awesome guac?

Got a guac rec? 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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