PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Lauren”

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 Lauren, a freelance writer who gets all tingly around injera.

Name: Lauren

Age: 28

Occupation: Freelance writer, photographer, trendsetter

Where in Midtown do you Work?: and! My office is wherever there’s free internet and something to graze on.

Favorite Kind of Food: Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Mexican-ese….basically any cuisine that ends in -ese and encourages eating with chopsticks or your hands. Forks are so 2010.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Ethiopian. The injera bread makes my fingers tingly, which freaks me out.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: SnAKs in Saks (on 5th btw. 49+50th) for quick shopping and lobster salad sandwich lunch break. Mooncake Foods (on 54th btw. 8+9th) broiled salmon over salad. Grand Central Market’s Pescatore Seafood Co tuna fish. Le Pain Quotidien’s quiche lorraine is killer, the ricotta and fig tartine if I’m not starving.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? When I interned at Time Out NY we ate Sandwich Planet (on 39th and 9th) every stinking day. My order: pizza bianca with pesto, smoked mozz and tomato.

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? KORILLA BBQ!!!!!

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Barcelona. A couple of tapas stops and a glass (or two) of cava would be an amazing working lunch. Quimet y quimet is my favorite.

Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? I need to get to K-town more. What’s the best lunch in Koreatown???

Got an answer for Lauren? Put it in the comments. And, as always if you want to be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate), email



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  • yeah! finally someone agrees with me about Ethiopian food – injera bread is definitely an acquired taste.

    Food Gallery 32 is a great spot for lunch in K-town for the sheer variety of options, ample seating and fair prices.

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      I got mugged one time, and i rubbed injera bread in my attackers face, it was like pepper spray, guy didn’t know what hit him.

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    Woorijip in K-town is really the best buffet lunch one can ask for…check it out!

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    Kicking myself that I forgot to mention City Sandwich. The Nuno (blood sausage, broccoli rabe, tomato, collard greens, mozzarella) is amazing. Love the panna cotta for dessert. The only panna cotta I’d ever recommend for delivery. The owner used to have a place in Portugal but closed up shop to bring his amazing sandwiches across the ocean.

  • surprise surprise! Another food blogger profiled this week!!

    However, this blog happens to be one I LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    I love Danyelle’s restaurantgirl blog. It is one of my favorites! So it is nice to “meet” one of the editors/contributors. :-)

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      Thanks. It’s nice to meet you too. Definitely follow along on twitter at @lrbloomberg. Lots of fun new stuff coming to the Restaurant Girl world.

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