PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Rose”

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 head down to the Flatiron to find out where Rose, a magazine editor, likes to eat.

Name: Rose

Age: 34

Occupation: Magazine Editor

Where in Midtown do you work? 23rd & 6th

Favorite Kind of Food: Anything with noodles (pasta, ramen, kugel, you name it)

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Anything described as “pungent”

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Lately I’ve been digging San Rocco on 24th Street. Their prix fixe lunch is a great deal and everything I’ve ever eaten there has been terrific. I especially like their pasta primavera, which is different every time, and the homemade bread is a lovely touch. If I’m feeling cheap and outdoorsy, I’ll get ham and bread from Eataly and eat in Madison Square Park.

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? My go-to is Rickshaw Dumpling Bar (on 23rd btw. 5+6th), especially the tasty tasty chicken & Thai Basil dumplings. If I have a cold, a bowl of their peppery clear noodle soup clears it right up. Plus one of the cooks sometimes sneaks me an extra chocolate soup dumpling.

Places you have discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? I’m pretty sure I learned about Kelvin Slush through Midtown Lunch, and I am humbly grateful. Any day the Kelvin Slush truck is within walking distance is a good day; make mine ginger with raspberry. (Maybe someday they’ll have pear and pomegranate seeds again. Ginger-pear-pomegranate is the slush of my dreams.)

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Singapore for the hawker centers: amazing cheap stir-fried noodles with pork and egg and scallion and whatever else is handy, and the humid air so thick with grease you can barely breathe.

Anything you’d like to ask the midtown lunch readers? What’s the best vegan lunch in midtown, aside from the fabled Vegan Lunch Truck? I’m trying to eat less meat and dairy, so I’d love suggestions for awesome veganity.

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


  • I think Zach is just baiting the Commenters with this one. No way “Rose” is real.

    • While my eyebrow is raised at Rickshaw, sometimes it’s just too much of a schlep to get to Chinatown for dumplings on a lunch break.

      If we can assume vegan = no meat, Kofoo on 26th and 8th does plenty of dishes that don’t have meat. I had some of their duk bok gi last week and it’s amaziiiing. It does have fish cakes but you can ask them not to put them in. Some of their kimbob also are meatless.

      Cinnamon Snail apparently is much beloved as vegan trucks go, but I’m not sure of their visitation towards Flatiron.

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        I could agree if someone was all the way in the 50s and above, but anything below that is no excuse unless you are all the way out west. That is unless you are too lazy to take the trip or don’t have time for a lunch break.

  • If your lunch hour is just a suggestion of timeframe, by all means take all the time in the world to go to and from Chinatown. But if you’re in a job or situation that requires strict adherence to lunch scheduling – IT support, trading floors, medical, etc. – it’s too risky to do Chinatown lunches unless your destination is way, way close to the N/Q/R stop. It’s not Rose’s fault that Rickshaw is her unfortunate only option. Would you rather she got her dumplings from generic delis?

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      >But if you’re in a job or situation that requires strict adherence to lunch scheduling…
      Please reread my initial post.

      >It’s not Rose’s fault that Rickshaw is her unfortunate only option.
      We do not know what Rose’s work schedule is like. You are just making assumptions at this point. From what was said, she already mentioned that she has time to walk to Kevin Slush which is mostly on 14th street and below if I’m not mistaken. So, she does have time to walk down to the truck and is not handcuffed to her desk for a full 8 hours. It could be that she really just likes Rickshaw or just has never really ventured down to Chinatown for whatever reason, but that’s her choice and her business.

      What I was, mostly, replying to was the fact that you said it’s too much of a trip to get down to Chinatown and I disagreed.

  • It’s Harry Potter!

  • Since when is 23rd street “Midtown?” Isn’t that Flatiron?

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    If you work on 23rd and 6th and want to try vegan, why not try Terri’s? It’s on 23rd and 6th (around the corner from the Best Buy entrance).

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    Out of bounds. But I like flatiron and sometimes venture down there. Rickshaw though…

    Just curious, what is a chocolate soup dumpling. It sounds disgusting but I could be wrong.

  • Yikes, vegan choices in Flatiron are hard to come by, I am guessing you probably hit the Garden of Eatin’ and Whole Foods salad bars a lot.

    Do you have enough time to either walk up to K-town for the veggie kimbop at a number of places? I used to find I could do the walk and grab something to go in about 45 min to an hour. Curry Hill was also walkable but at least an hour plus for lunch.

  • Anyone who mentions Rickshaw is trolling or just doesn’t read this site.

  • Even though Vanessa’s Dumpling House is now hipster heaven, they do have an outpost on E.14th St that is
    within walking distance of 23rd and 6th, if you walk really fast like a true New Yorker and eat on the run.

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