PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Elisse”
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 Elisse, a college student/summer intern who doesn’t drink coffee (!?!) and is looking for some bagged lunch recommendations.
Occupation: Marketing intern, also blogging here about food and other aspects of life in NYC
Where in Midtown do you work? 5th Ave. near Bryant Park
Favorite Kind of Food: Indian, Thai, and Italian. Sometimes I get a stomachache after eating spicy Indian curries but I can’t stop myself because they taste so good!
Least Favorite Kind of Food: I don’t really like takeout Chinese food (I do like more traditional dishes that are less oily, like at dim sum restaurants) but in general I’m really open to everything. I don’t drink soda or coffee.
Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: I love the Chopped Chickpea sandwich at ‘Wichcraft, especially when I get to eat it outside in Bryant Park. I am also obsessed with Panera (on 5th btw. 39+40th), which recently opened a couple blocks from my office; for years I have always gotten the “you pick two” deal with the Mediterranean Veggie sandwich and Asian Sesame Chicken salad. I hope they never get rid of those two items. Also, I used to intern near Certe in the West 50s and I love their soft shell crab sandwich.
“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? The Green Pea deli (on 5th btw. 38+39th) is close by and cheap – sometimes I get bored eating just one thing for lunch, and at this place you can fill up a box with any variety of things from the salad/hot bar and it’s priced by weight.
Places you have discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? I had heard about ‘Wichcraft before, but after reading about it on Midtown Lunch I decided to give it a try.
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? I was originally going to say Thailand, so I could eat Thai food every day, but eventually I would get bored of it. This will sound cliche but I would want to stay in NYC because there are just so many options close by. If I could add a Sweetgreen location here in the city, that would really be perfect. Their salads are fresh, delicious, and filling.
Anything you’d like to ask the midtown lunch readers? Do all of you Midtown Lunchers actually buy lunch every day? I would absolutely love to but I’m on a budget so sometimes I try to bring food from home. It’s never quite as satisfying and since my lunch is sitting on my desk I always end up eating it too early and then I get hungry while I’m working during the afternoon. Any suggestions for yummy dishes I can make and bring to the office?
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