PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Alexa”

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 Alexa, a musician who wishes she lived in Japan.

Name: Alexa

Age: 24

Occupation: Music Publisher and Musician

Where in Midtown do you Work?: Midtown East – 51st and Madison

Favorite Kind of Food: Generally Asian – Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean – as well as Italian and Polish/Eastern European. And Tacos.

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Salads (usually too boring), Nuts (most things are just better without ‘em)

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Schnitzel & Things (the truck, when it’s parked on 51st between Madison and Park): The pork schnitzel platter with spicy Sriracha mayo, accompanied with beet salad and potato salad. Yes, I have a Schnitzel & Things sticker on my electric stapler…it looks good on there. Hing Won (48th Street btw. Rockefeller Plaza and 6th Ave): Cantonese Wonton Noodle Soup with Roast Pork. I’m a noodle soup junkie from when the temperatures start to drop to the most humid days of the summer. Glaze (Lexington Ave btw 54th and 55th Street): Salmon Teriyaki w/ a side of pork gyoza. Every time I go to this restaurant, I’m bound to hear Phoenix playing on their speakers and it makes me even more pumped to eat my salmon teriyaki. And, as a transplant from Seattle, this place tastes like home – it’s the real deal for Seattle teriyaki. Bian Dang (last encountered on 46th and Vanderbilt): Fried chicken over rice!

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Our office goes through phases of running a place into the ground. In the summer time, we were hitting up Uncle Gussy’s for their tasty lamby sammie (aka Lamb Gyro). They also have some of the most delicious french fries in Midtown. So crispy! Toasties is located in our building, and is always an option, purely out of laziness. Currently, as an office, we’ve been on a Chipotle kick as a result of one of my coworkers winning a 25-burrito party a few weeks ago. There were only 8 of us in the office that day, and each of us received three burritos (or tacos or burrito bowls). Chipotle totally duped us with that gimmick.

Place(s) you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Most free eats and tips are thanks to Midtown Lunch. I first heard about Sprinkles Cupcakes when Midtown Lunch announced they had parked their promotional truck outside of Rockefeller Center with one thousand free cupcakes. My co-worker and I pretty much bolted out the door after that announcement, and the folks at Sprinkles were kind enough to give us a few extra to bring back to our office.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Japan. A country that has offered us the deliciousness that is udon, ramen, sushi, teriyaki, and sake? Take me there.

Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Does anyone else have a Schnitzel & Things sticker beautifully adorned in their cubicle? Please?

Want to be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate)? Email


  • Just as an FYI, Teriyaki in its current popular form, originated in Seattle, and has more of a Korean influence. If you order Teriyaki in Japan, it will be very different.

    If you ever make it out to Seattle, be sure to try some. Teriyaki joints are like their equivalent to Halal carts….one on every block.

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      Reading comprehension, reading comprehension, reading comprehension. From the profile:

      “And, as a transplant from Seattle, this place tastes like home – it’s the real deal for Seattle teriyaki.”

      Alexa – I do not have such a sticker adorning my cubicle, but I do listen to music.

      • Reading comprehension, reading comprehension, reading comprehension. From my post:

        “If you ever make it out to Seattle, be sure to try some. Teriyaki joins are like their equivalent to Halal carts…one on every block.”

        Though I’m sure she’d agree with my post, nowhere in my response did I address Alexa…I was addressing the group.


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    I do like nuts, but only in their raw form and maybe in a salad as they provide a nice texture contrast to the vegetables. Maybe in a veggie medley, but nothing else. The worst is when they put nuts in my desserts, such as brownies, cookies, and cakes. Once I bit into a brownie and to my horror there were nuts inside. They always ask if I’m allergic when I ask if their stuff has nuts, but it’s not that. I just can’t stand biting into something soft and then coming in contact with something hard. It really annoys the shit out of me.

  • Nuts in Brownies > nuts in almost everything else. I have a I <3 Kazakhstan bumper sticker. Is that a fur vest?

  • I dunno; I love nuts in cake (just had a great walnut cake), brownies, ice cream, on my pad thai, in many curries, everywhere! I love peanuts, walnuts, cashews, almonds, chestnuts…. Trader Joe’s Valencia peanut butter w/flaxseed is killer btw. I guess I’m just nuts for nuts.

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      Well nuts in savory dishes is ok. I also love peanuts in my pad thai. There’s literally, not one nut I would turn away unless it’s in a dessert or in something soft. lol

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