PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Kellie”

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 Kellie, a conference producer who loves spicy food and Mongolian BBQ.

Name: Kellie

Age: 28

Occupation: Conference Producer (and a foodie blogger on the side. Check me out at:

Where in Midtown do you work? 44th & 5th

Favorite Kind of Food: Anything spicy!! Mexican, Thai, Indian I LOVE chicken wings (extra crispy) and I eat a ton of soup…I always add crushed red pepper flakes to make it hot! I’m also obsessed with seafood. especially oysters!

Least Favorite Kind of Food: This one is hard… I eat pretty much everything and will try anything once! Creamed herring totally grosses me out though!

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Hale & Hearty – Awesome variety of soups! Food World (on 46th btw. Mad+5th) – I LOVE the Mongolian BBQ! Delish (on 44th btw. Mad+5th) – spring rolls are insanely good! Little Italy Pizza (on 45th btw. 5+6th) – really good veggie pizza! I am also a sucker for cart-food.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Green Café – it’s right below my office which is convenient, and the variety is great! Most days I get salad and a free soup (bonus!) but their buffet food, the udon & bibimbap are also favorites of mine. Friday morning… after a good thirsty Thursday their breakfast sandwiches are lifesaving!

Places you have discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Sophie’s Cuban – I used to live in Key West where they have amazing Cuban food! When I’m craving a Cuban sandwich, Sophie’s is the best! Several food carts – I love your carts & street meat lists!

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Thailand – I visited Bangkok and the Maya Bay region when I was in college. The street food was delicious (I even tried a deep fried worm) and the spices and flavors of their cuisine are right up my alley! The scenery isn’t too shabby either!

Anything you’d like to ask the midtown lunch readers? What’s your favorite spicy dish in midtown?

Got an answer for Kellie? Put it in the comments. Want to be next week’s Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate)? Email


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    I see you in Delish and Green all the time…You single?

  • my favorite spicy dish in midtown is ‘yuk gae jang’ in Korea palace. It’s awsome especially for a hangover.

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    Food World’s Mongolian is definitely a hidden treat – and they do a good job cooking to order…


    The “ldgrynbberg on FotW as a viable alternative to dating websites” edition

  • dolsot bibbimbap with extra gochujang (chili pepper paste) at any number of places in K-Town

    Little Italy Pizza, a big fan of the place also

  • Little Italy Pizza rules. 15 bucks for a large cheese pie. It is my goto pizza on seamless….Cheapest around. And solid. Not the best pizza in the world but best bang for your buck in my flatiron neighberhood.

  • I read some of your restaurant reviews. Now I have a headache. So many exclamation points!!!

    “As you approach the back of the restaurant you’ll see the hundreds of pictures of the celebrities who have enjoyed a meal at the Carnegie Deli! ”

    “Pommes Frites is a tiny hole in the wall with very limited seating and it’s a NYC “street food” must!”

    “The four of us decided that we wanted to share so that we could try a bunch of things!”

    OY VEY!!

    • Jake: Ok, I’m excited. I just don’t happen to like exclamation points.

      Elaine: Well, you know Jake, you should learn to use them. Like the way I’m talking right now, I would put an exclamation points at the end of all these sentences! On this one! And on that one!

      Jake: Well, you can put one on this one: I’m leaving!

  • Nice one, Broccoli Rob.

  • Thanks for the recommendations mkim1206 & El Dubya El!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • Favorite spicy dish in midtown? I think you just edged into first place!

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    - sophies is darn good, but margon is the best
    - favorite spicy lunch dish: szechuan gourment Double Cooked Sliced Pork Belly (a lot of the other lunch specials are spicy and great)

    Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • i just dont get the little italy hype.. I did at one time, but i dont know why.
    Naples is the best in the area.

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    I commend you for enjoying Little Italy and Sophie’s Cuban…but I’m disgusted by the fact that you enjoy Green Cafe and Delish. Those places just make me really depressed…and you foodies out there know what I mean…the feeling of eating crap food, and then being too full to eat good food to make up for it. You’re just left with crap in your belly until it comes out. Disgusted.

    Oh, and best spicy dish in midtown? Trini Paki boys in the houuuusseeeeeeeeee. Get the chicken biryani + chicken samosa.

    P.S. – still can’t believe you like Green cafe. Disgusting.

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      I just realized you like the bad Little Italy. That place is an imposter. You should go to the one on 43rd between Madison and 5th. That’s where its at!

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