PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Jess”

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 Jess, a marketing associate who loves breakfast and wants to give you lunchtime discounts.

Name: Jess

Age: 28

Occupation: Marketing Associate

Where in Midtown do you Work?: DailyGobble, a smartphone-based dining rebate program that exposes users to discounts at partner restaurants.

Favorite Kind of Food: Breakfasts of all cuisines… Croque madames and monsieurs, crispy fried dough (you tiao) dipped in sweet soybean milk, or just eggs, potatoes, and bacon with a splash of Tabasco or smothered in New Mexican green chile… Make it brunch and we’re golden.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Sea cucumber. Self-explanatory.

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Yagura (on 41st btw. Mad+5th) for chicken katsu curry on a rainy day, the Woorijip (on 32nd btw. B’way+5th) buffet for emotional eating, and Hing Won (on 48th btw. 5+6th) for a gustatory trip home. Nothing makes me happier than working in a mecca of stop-and-go Asian meals.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Aquamarine! (on 57th btw. 6+7th) We order in from them at least once a week and apply our DailyGobble savings to the office beer fund. Our boss is proud.

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? I may have to try Khodiar Lunch Services (on 6th btw. 37+38th) today.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Wiilliamsburg. To be in walking distance of BEST Pizza, Nhà Tôi, Diner, and Brooklyn Star would be heavenly.

Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? What Midtown Lunch restaurant would you like to see on DailyGobble? Name it in the comments and we’ll try to set it up!

Anybody have a suggestion for Jessica? 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


  • I don’t have a smartphone but I would like to lend my support in praise of emotional eating. I’m really missing the treats truck bc the peanut-butter/peanut-butter sandwich cookie is the baked goods equivalent of a hug.

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    chicken katsu curry on a rainy day sounds crazy, I draw the line at overcast.

    I’d love to see y’all get involved with Blockheads and The Dutch.

  • Can you make a living working at a place like DailyGobble? It just seems like that market is so oversaturated that people are getting turned off to these Groupon type deals (yes, I know you’re not Groupon).

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    @Sarah You can still use DailyGobble without a smartphone! Do you have a camera phone? Receipt photos can be e-mailed to or uploaded via our website. Also, if you work anywhere near E 39th St and Fifth Ave, stop by our office on Fridays b/w 3 and 6pm for happy hour! Rumor is that we’ll be ordering some sweets from the Treats Truck. :)

    @Broccoli Rob By living, do you mean whether or not our company is profitable? We’ve only been around for a few months and are aiming to launch a *much* better versions of the website and apps later this month. Myself, I like DailyGobble because it’s sustainable for incremental savings. I can pay for my monthly NetFlix using my DailyGobble rebates, or I can accumulate and apply my savings towards special occasion meals. Much classier than a coupon.

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    @Max Maxman We’ve been chatting with Blockheads! Stay tuned. :)


    The “Living Social, anyone?” edition

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    @Jess Can you recommend places in Manhattan for either of the breakfast dishes you mentioned?

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      Hi getfuzzy! Sorry I didn’t see this earlier. I like the Croque Madame at L’express; it’s not on the menu, but they’ll make it if you ask. For a really good Chinese breakfast, I actually go out to Flushing… If you’d like Manhattan breakfast recommendations, I really love doing breakfast/brunch at Penelope, Balthazar, and Sarabeth’s. :)

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