PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Denise”

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 we’ve decided to go down to the Flatiron, to give Clay some good ideas for his Friday posts.  Meet Denise, a production person who loves Filipino food (provided it doesn’t have any bits of ear in it.)

Name: Denise

Age: 30

Occupation: Director of Production, and blogger

Where in Midtown do you Work?: Flatiron District

Favorite Kind of Food: Depends on my mood, but mostly Belgian, Filipino, French bistro, Italian, and Malaysian.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Sisig – just Google it. You’ll see why…

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown:

  • Markt (on 6th btw. 21+22nd) – a Belgian restaurant in Chelsea. My favorite items off the menu: French Onion Soup, Croque Monsieur and Moules À La Provençale (mussels with tomato and fresh basil; with frites). Oh, and don’t forget to wash it down with some Belgian beer (bottled or on tap).
  • Almond (22nd btw. B’way+5th) – Grilled Chicken Paillard or Streak Frites.
  • Republic (in Union Square) – Grilled Pork Chops
  • Grill 21 (on 21st btw. 1+2nd) – Pork Barbecue with garlic rice
  • Financier Patisserie – Le Parisien (a sandwich made with Ham, Brie, Dijon Mustard)

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Whole Foods and Pret a Manger

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Beecher’s Handmade Cheese on 20th and Broadway, home to the “World’s Best” Mac & Cheese

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Hawaii, because the food out there is awesome. Hawaii has so many spots for ono grindz (Hawaiian slang for good food), like Plate lunch (loco moco, kalbi, teri beef), poke (pronounced “po-keh”), spam musubi, ramen, mochi, shave ice. Phew…thank goodness I’m going there next month to satisfy my food cravings.

Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Are there any other good Filipino restaurants, besides Krystal’s Cafe 81 and Grill 21 in Manhattan (I know there’s a bunch in Queens and Jersey City).

Got an answer for Denise? 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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    Sa Aming Nayon in the East Village (it’s at 12th and 1st). It’s new-ish, but it gets my seal of approval and it’s been getting a lot of love in the blog world.


  • Sa Aming Nayon is ok — although I feel they are still finding their feet in terms of food. They do have a nice place though.

    Try out Maharlika on 1st between 6th and 7th if you’re in the mood for a twist on the traditional. It’s new as well and also in need of a few more tweaks, but definitely worth a try.

    • yea went to Maharlika when it was a pop up at Cafe Leon. sisig was great.

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      I get what Maharlika is doing, but I liked Sa Aming Nayon more. But I think that has to do with my own feelings toward the new, “focused” ethnic restaurants. When I go out for Indian, Malaysian, Filipino, etc. I want to see the long laundry list of items that I’m used to. Maybe it’s just me ;)

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        I went to Maharlika this Sunday. They have a $25 for 4-course deal. Sizzling sisig was part of it for me and was awesome. It edges out Sa Aming Nayon due to ambience and service but I’m not very familiar with Filipino food so maybe Sa Aming Nayon is more authentic…it does have a greater selection.

  • I like the way you hold your goblet… if you have not been to Resto yet you need to go. Best Belgian around, especially the beers.

  • I flippin’ LOVE sisig.

    Also, everyone here has already mentioned all four of the ‘best’ places on the island so I really don’t have much to contribute.

    I had a soft spot for the short-lived Pistahan. They sold these amazing cassava cakes and I’m still kicking myself for never asking who supplied them. But when that place shuttered down, I went back to Grill21. It’s the only place I go for my tosilog fix.

  • I’m not too far from Little Manila so don’t really need to hit up the city for Flip Food. JolliBee and Red Ribbon is here too.

    Krystal’s/ Cafe 81 has good foodz though.
    Chicken adobo, pancit canton and lumpia shanghai all the way!

  • Filipino food scares me. Odd meat parts, brown sauces, etc. I do like the Mango pie and fried chicken @ Jolibee though, lol

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