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 it’s Rose, a legal recruiter who doesn’t like pub food but would be very happy at a all you can eat pasta buffet.

Name: Rose

Age: 38

Occupation: Legal Recruiting

Where in Midtown do you work? Law firm at 55th and 3rd.

Favorite Kind of Food: Mediterranean

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Pub food

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch in Midtown: Omar’s (on 55th btw Lex+3rd) for their falafel platter with Baba Ganoush, Hummus. Pampano Taqueria (on 3rd btw. 49+50th) for their alambre Quesadilla.
Good Health Burger (on 53rd btw. 2+3rd) for their good health burger deluxe. Taksim (on 2nd btw. 54+55th) for stuffed vine leaves. Midtown Restaurant (on 55th btw Lex+3rd) for a greek salad or chicken souvlaki platter. Anything on the Chola buffet (on 58th btw. 2+3rd).

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Chipotle

Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch? Urban Lobster Shack

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Rome. Since this is a fantasy, I would eat a great bowl of pasta every day and never get fat.

Anything you’d like to ask the midtown lunch readers? What’s the maximum number of blocks you are willing to walk for a good lunch.

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


  • Since there’s a big difference between Ave & Street blocks, my max is all about time – which is 10 min each way. Typically my max is walking to Trini Paki from my office on 53&6.

    @Zach, you called her Alisha in the last line.

    • I’m of the same mindset as you, but I don’t consider Trini Paki to be 10 minutes each way from my office at 51st/6th, and I would bet I’m not shorter than you.

      So Clarke Standard at 54th/Lex and Carnegie John’s at 56th and 7th are about my boundaries.

      • Sorry, was not clear. The farthest usual spot for me is TP. But I would max my distance at 10 min. Takes me about 6 min to walk to TP, depending on people traffic.

      • You can walk to 43rd/6th in ten minutes down 6th Ave? Even going underground from 51st-ish to 46th-ish, I can’t do that. My absolute limit in that direction tends to be Park Italian, which is rarely as few as ten minutes.

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        You’re a slow walker. A minute per block with stopping time to account for signals is a pretty standard measure of walking pace.

      • Not in heavy tourist traffic, against the lights, in Midtown. I walk fast, but it’s impossible on Sixth Ave.

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        I work on 45th and 6th so I know it well. Pick up your speed. Maybe its the going underground that’s taking too much time?

      • I hate people, so if the stairs down and back up are killing my time, I’ll have to accept that and move on.

        I really should be taking the train to Chinatown, but I always forget to do that.

  • hey, i’m 53/6 too…

    I’ve gone as far as 37th btw 5/6 once, when Cafe Amande first opened up (but that was more to meet a friend in the middle). And about just as far is shake shack on 8th/44th.

  • During the week. 5, there and back for a total of 10.

    During the weekend I’ll frequently do Midtown East to Chinatown and back, all walking.

  • I am at 53rd and Park and when the weather is nice, I don’t mind walking to MenKuitei at 56st and 6 ave.

  • I think the better question is how far are you willing to travel by any method for lunch….32nd and madison, 78th and 15th ave brooklyn….lionis. FOr lunch. On a workday.

    I think it would take a full day to walk there since it’s 20 miles plus roundtrip, but only 2hr 15 min on the train.

  • All the way…

  • Considers “pub food” her least favorite type of food! Whoo! I’m in love! At last, someone with some sense!

    • ooooooooh. There are pubs all around the world. that must mean you dont like any food from any continent. how could you?????? oh wait, that was last week :D


  • Typically 15 minutes one way is my maximum, but I’ve gone farther. I’ve gone from 44th and 2nd to Food Gallery 32 with the coworkers a few times. Another time we actually walked all the way down to Houston cos someone wanted to try Katz’s, but cabbed it back.

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    20 minutes one way and take the subway back…but if boss ain’t in town then Jackson Heights by subway is not a bad option.

  • I once walked 16 blocks for one of the monthly sandwiches at Cer Te. And I would absolutely do it again.

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