PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Ada”

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’re throwing a bone to the Flatiron Lunchers. ┬áMeet Ada, a student who works in the far reaches of Flatiron East.

Name: Ada

Age: 21

Occupation: Study Coordinator at Bellevue Hospital Emergency Department/Senior at Barnard College/ Food blogger

Favorite Kind of Food: Sushi, ice cream sundaes, salads (I’m an anomaly, I know), seared tuna, ostrich burgers

Least Favorite Kind of Food: mayonnaise (yuck), bone marrow, blue cheese

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Baoguette (on Lex btw. 25+26th) for some mean bahn mi sandwiches, Saravaana Bhavan (on Lex btw. 26+27th) for lunchtime thalis/dosas, the second floor of Kalustyan’s market for inexpensive lentil sandwiches, Murray’s Falafel (on 1st btw. 15+16th) for the awesomely monikered Shwafel.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? ThaiNY (on 3rd btw. 28+29th), for the $7.50 lunch special. Mostly out of convenience, though, rather than quality.

Places you have discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? I owe you guys big time for revealing the wonders of Woorjip! (on 32nd btw. B’way+5th)

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Probably somewhere in Maine. I could definitely get used to daily lobster rolls served with an ocean view.

Anything you’d like to ask the midtown lunch readers? Where should a newly-christened 21 year old gal go for post-work Friday happy hour?

ML commenters may not be the best group for a “newly-christened 21 year old gal” to ask. (I shudder to think what they may say.) Might I direct you instead to our weekly happy hour column? 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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    You hate bone marrow and blue cheese, and you like salads? I stopped reading after that. Credibilty just went out the window.

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    Brother Jimmys.. see u there

  • Yeah, not eating blue cheese and using the word “yuck” disqualify this person as a food blogger.

    • I dunno, I can’t eat mayonnaise by the spoonful, either. But isn’t there mayo on a banh mi?

      Flatiron, you’re screwed for decent after-work bars. Unless you like beer, in which case you can head to Waterfront (food’s very good there, too).


    The “all mayo must be destroyed!” edition

  • I was going to say something about newly whatevered too, but I’ll let it slide.

  • No 21 yr old girl is an anomaly. LMAO @Brother Jimmy’s.

  • Bleu cheese is gross. I’m with you on ThaiNY too, Ada– when I worked in that area their lunch special happened to me a lot. Apparently you dangle a mediocre spring roll in front of me as bait and I’m game for any kind of half-assed asiany takeout.

  • 21 years old… female… Friday after work… must not say “my apartment”, must not say “my apartment”…

    I have a suggestion for friday after work… my apartment.

  • See, I say no to mayo too…except I love a spicy tuna roll. But don’t try to pull that crap in a normal tunafish sandwich.

    As for happy hour, any place your friends can afford to buy you lots of drinks, since you shouldn’t have to pay for yourself. I like Madame X’s happy hour (Houston and LaGuardia, near NYU).

    • If the idea is to drink cheaply, try No Idea. If your name is the name of the day (, bring a bunch of friends and you drink free. If it isn’t your name’s day, the drinks are cheap and excessive.

  • Phobia of bone… cheese … mayo…

    That Fear Factor show is ruining everything

  • either only food bloggers are profiled or everyone reading this website has a food blog! :-)

  • No mayo? Boo. No street meats’ white sauce for you either then. And it def sounds like only butter goes on your lobster?

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    You should try going NY old school and go to Pete’s Tavern or Old Town Tavern. and, for the record chowsue, I was profiled ages ago and I am proud to say I do not have a food blog.

  • Oh! Fantastic! A food blog! Let me go read it and see what …. zzzzzzzzz ZZZZZZZZZ zzzzzzzzzzz ZZZZZZZZZZZZ zzzzzzzzzzzzz…………….

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