PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Alisha”

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 Alisha, a digital sales planner whom we offer without comment.

Name: Alisha

Age: 27

Occupation: Digital Sales Planner, and mental_floss

Where in Midtown do you work? Midtown (next to Bryant Park)

Favorite Kind of Food: Burgers

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Asian (YUP I SAID IT)

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Manganaro’s Hero-Boy (on 9th btw. 37+38th) makes the best and biggest Italian heroes. My usual is the chicken parm which comes with homemade potato chips. I also love Heartland’s HB Burger in Times Square (on 43rd btw. B’way+6th) for burgers and beer outings with friends. If you want to walk a bit out of the way, then go to Waldy’s on 27th and 6th for flatbread pizza, and ya know what? The cafeteria at Macy’s is not a bad choice if you’re in a crunch!

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? I see everyone loves Koi around here. . . You can find me at LT Burger overdosing on boozey shakes

Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? I’m currently stuffing my face with 99 Miles to Philly (45th & 2nd) and it is fantastic. Congrats on finding me a true Philly replacement here in the city!

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Spain… A thousand times, Spain!

Anything you’d like to ask the midtown lunch readers? Where can this lady get a good bacon egg and cheese for under $5 around here?

Got an answer for Alisha? 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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    Park Italians breakfast sandwiches are all under $3.

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    Ok I’m curious…I can understand someone not liking Indian or even Thai food. I mean even though each region of a country cooks their food a little differently, it’s all food from the same COUNTRY. But to say that you dislike food from an entire CONTINENT? That seems crazy to me.

    That’s like saying I don’t like North American food. At the heart of all cuisine it’s like people cooking the same ingredients in different ways granted the spices they use may vary, but things such as salt is a basic ingredient used by almost everyone.

    Like what is so different about an omelette made in Europe, North America, and Asia? At it’s core, it’s an egg. Or what about bread? Noodles? Rice?

    Can someone please explain this to me?

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      She’s probably the type of person who can’t tell the difference between Chinese, Korea, and Japanese (and other countries of Asia) and then rolls them all up thinking they’re the same thing.

      • Or maybe she’s tried several of these, and decided she didn’t like “Asian” cuisine generally. Really, some of the comments here reveal (surprisingly) that we do have food snobs here on ML! And the question was about “least favorite kind of food.” Assuming that extends to individual ingredients that are present in many different cuisines is a fallacious and distorting conclusion.

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      Also, I know that each continent has its own set of crops/agriculture. I was just wondering if Alisha is really that particular about where something like, rice is grown. Like is rice grown somewhere in Asia taste really that bad to her as opposed to somewhere in North America?

      Also, I do want to point out that if someone said that they hated food from North America how crazy that would be considering how different the cuisine from Canada, the US, and Mexico are.

  • Korean BBQ or Korean Fried Chicken too?

    Rice is ‘Asian’ as well as Latin in the venn diagram of food culture…is that nixed as well?

    Go to Park Italian for breakfast as Patrick suggested.

  • All I know is I agree that Indian food tastes like vomit and armpits and grundlerot. I’m sure Alisha meant to say that but forgot….because she was being polite.

  • Seriously, can’t we get anyone better than this??? FWIW, she looks a lot older the 27.

  • Hey if you hate Asian food, go for it, not my place to judge your taste buds. But you answer the question place you and your co-workers lunch too often with Koi but you prefer LT Burger. Is your dislike because of eating at Koi too much?

    As for your breakfast sandwich question, there’s a generic Deli across the street from Waldys on 25th and 6th that does breakfast sandwiches for well under 5 bucks mostly in the three dollar range.

  • Hating “Asian food” sounds like somebody got a mediocre plate of chow mein somewhere, and let that color her entire experience. Combined with a favorite food of choice listed as “burgers,” one can only shout, “Next!’

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    Why is everyone so butt hurt because she doesn’t like “Asian” food? Its, like, her opinion man. Also, it states it was her “least favorite food”, that doesn’t mean she despises it, I mean maybe shes does but who’s to judge someone else’s taste preferences.


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      Have you met anyone who ‘hates’ North American food? European Food? African food? South American food? Do you?

      • First of all you put ‘hates’ in quotes, when the question she answered was not what food she hates, but her ‘Least Favorite Kind of Food’. (See what I did there? I put an actual quote in quotes.) Which is ph-ph’s point.

        Second, I would feel comfortable discounting the cuisine of Antarctica, and most of Africa

  • Well said Phishy. I wrote that out but then decided not to publish it…

  • Wow, tough crowd!


    The “But do you like brontosaurus ribs that tip your car over” edition

  • Personally, I don’t really get the appeal of Spanish food. It’s not bad, but why do people get excited about it?

    • I feel the same way about indian food. Why aren’t people puking in the streets like i am from the mere smell….Actually, I feel much worse about indian than you probably feel about spanish food, but that is neither here nor there. It is not fair to criticize someone about their taste in food. It’s all opinion. Unless you are a proponent of freddy’s falafal, then I just have to run your over b/c that is just factually nasty. Justkidding…mostly….

      • Oh, Goats, you throw up from food you dislike, food you like, food you love… basically, you enjoy throwing up.

        I’m still curious as to what comprises “Asian” food, though. There are pretty wide gaps between Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, Russian…

      • Not true! That is not throwing up. That is seconds!

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    Does Previti still do breakfast sandwiches? It’s been awhile since I had one, but I remember it was very good.

  • She doesn’t like Asian food and she loves burgers…well, I just think she doesn’t have a sophisticated palate to appreciate good flavorful food in general like 90% of Americans.

    • I agree. Sounds like she was brought up on burgers and pizza and hasn’t really tried anything else. Probably likes Spanish food cause she thinks it is only rice and beans.

      • wow. food snobbery on ML ^ and ^^. I bow in deference to your “sophisticated” palates!! (90% of Americans? Really? Maybe you’re too good for we US citizens and should return to your country of origin to be among your more sophisticated peers.) See how lack of tolerance works?

      • I can’t imagine the country you come from is as diverse in flavors as it is in the USA unless they are a melting pot too.

        I’m pretty sure the 10% that mkim belongs to are the unsophisticated and Asian-centric. She probably can’t even fathom the joys of burger. Flip-side of the ML Profiled.

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      How can you defend someone hating/disliking all Asian food and then attack mKim for saying that 90% of Americans don’t have sophisticated palettes?

      Both opinions are based on generalizations relevant to their own experiences aren’t they? So why attack one and defend the other?

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    >Least Favorite…

    It’s just a euphemism for “hate” or “dislike.”

    • I wouldn’t say that. Take skittles flavors for instance, I like them all, but green is my least favorite. I would not say I dislike or hate it.

    • Nope. Sorry. Wrong. It means what it says, “least favorite.”

      • Still, “YUP I SAID IT” implies she dislikes the “cuisine”.

      • I’m with Dave, here. And I think that is why we have the uproar in the comments. She celebrates it.

      • Ok, but it is at least an abuse of quotes on $5 queen’s part

      • I actually think the “YUP I SAID IT” was meant to be a troll. In other words, she said it to irk people and get a rise out of them. Based on these comments, I’d say she succeeded.

      • But then she follows it with the comment about choosing LTB over Koi. A very pretenious way of puting it. Kind of like saying – Most people go to the Jersey Shore over the summer…You can find me in the Hamptons.

        And basically she follows all of this by confirming the only food she likes are burgers, pizza, and heros. I felt the same way – when I was 14.

  • No Asian food? I guess she never had yellow or brown fever before.

  • Man, you asians are so damn sensitive. Maybe she has tried and hated all types of asian cuisine and didn’t bother to write out Thai, Cambodian, Laotian, Vietnamese, etc. Quit taking it so personal

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    I don’t know why the term ‘food snob’ is popping up. I did question someone’s ability to come to a conclusion that they dislike food from an ENTIRE CONTINENT or have it be their ‘least favorite.’ I refrained from making any judgments on the person, but did call the notion of it crazy, because it is.

    To claim or suggest that this person ‘tried food from each and every country in Asia’ before coming to that conclusion is really presumptuous and just as ridiculous (sorry). The person didn’t state anything of the such which is why I posed the question in the first place. You don’t need to make up excuses/answers for them.

    Everyone here is more than welcome to have their own opinions about what they like or don’t like. Yet it’s another when it’s obvious someone is making broad generalizations based on a lack of education of the subject. I just feel that this is one of those times. If I’m wrong, then what about Asian food, in general, does this person have a problem with? Nothing about that question screams ‘food snob.’

    • well said. i dont see how someone can disklike food from an entire continent- which i feel most of the criticism is based on.

      • I think @loneyeh said it better. While trying to not make too many asusmptions, an exmaple would be not liking General Tso’s, any curry (Indian or Thai) and won’t go near sushi. So it my be a bit more of a food ignorance thing, followed by her boasting. Her tone comes off as high & mighty by opposing asian food (“I see everyone likes Koi…you can find me at LT Burger”) as if she’s better than that.

        It’s the attitude about it that (I believe) set most people off.

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    Maybe she is an Asian who has does not like Asian food, seen a few ABCD’s or ABC’s who shirk from from all things Asian as if they will catch a disease or something.

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