PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Monique”

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 Monique, an admin who hates mushrooms but loves food trucks.

Name: Monique

Age: 26

Occupation: Admin Assistant by day, Food blogger by night

Where in Midtown do you Work?: My office is right across the street from Bryant Park.

Favorite Kind of Food: I love bacon. I mean, I love fruits and veggies….but I really love bacon. And dumplings.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: MUSHROOM ANYTHING

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: I’m a big food truck hound. I love Rickshaw, Wafels and Dinges, Schnitzel and Things, Big D’s Grub Truck…the list gets long. When I have the time and can splurge: SHAKE SHACK (on 44th & 8th). AHH, and I almost forgot Chef Samir’s Comme Ci Comme Ca truck!! The food is RIDICULOUS and I always forget to give these guys love. They’re getting pushed out of their 38th and Bway spot…so don’t forget to check these dudes out.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Pronto Pizza on 41st! Extremely friendly staff, tasty pizza and pasta too. It’s right downstairs from our office, so if you can’t make it far away for lunch, it’s easy.

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Souvlaki GR’s storefront!! Amazing Greek food.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Wow…that’s a hard question (and I feel that my list of places and reasons will take FOREVER). Honestly, I like right where I am. I’m lucky enough to have a lot of places to eat thanks for the food trucks/carts/vendors in my area. The food scene can get very expensive and boring in Midtown at times since I’m right next to Times Square and Grand Central. I’m really glad for the variety….but when I can, I do bring stuff from home. I live in QUEENS and I’m Jamaican…so good food is always around.

Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Where’s your favorite spot to actually EAT your lunch outside? I really like the little plaza bet 45-46th and 6th ave (live music!) and the seating area next to Aureole restaurant and the Sondheim theater. It’s nice and quiet.

Anybody have an answer for Monique? 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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