PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Corie”

As is customary here on Midtown Lunch, every Tuesday we’ll profile a different lunch’er and get their recommendations for places to eat in Downtown NYC. This week, we have Corie, who calls herself “a pretty boring eater,” and ain’t afraid of  no carbs.

Name: Corie Russell

Occupation: Freelance writer/proofreader

Where you work: Wall and William streets

Age: 26

Favorite Kinds of Food?: Italian: pasta with vodka sauce, cheese slice. Hummus = yummy. Seafood, with crab, shrimp and salmon at the top of the list.

Least Favorite Foods?: Indian, anything spicy. Also, chicken = gross.

Favorite Lunches Downtown?: Zeytuna (Maiden Lane btw. Nassau & William) for their tuna sandwich. Au Bon Pain (Multiple Locations) for the soup and tomato and cheese snack. Cosi (Multiple Locations) for the tuna sandwich and pizzas.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Zeytuna, because it’s easy with the buffet style. And it’s fast and cheap, if you don’t order a million things. Wall Street Burger Shoppe (Water St. btw. Broad & Coenties Alley), various street meat carts.

Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch?: Sam’s Falafel Cart (Liberty Plaza, btw. Liberty & Cedar)

Dream job location, purely for lunch purposes, and why: Brooklyn - anywhere near El Jalapeno…greatest Mexican food ever.

Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers?: Good hummus places? (I love Hummus Kitchen but am looking for others, too.)

Well, my favorite hummus place is sadly located in Brooklyn (Mimi’s Hummus), although they should totally open a branch somewhere below Houston St. (hint, hint). I don’t even know of any hummus chains located downtown. Anybody have some hidden source of non-packaged hummus for Corie? Also, if you like Sam’s Falafel, maybe you should check out Alan’s Falafel cart across the street.And as always, if you would like to be next week’s Profiled Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d like to nominate), email us at



  • What? No indian? No spicy? And a chicken hater? Plus you like Cosi and Au Bon Pain?

    Crushing blow after crushing blow for a MLer’s street cred. :P

  • El jalapeno, seriously? The one on president street? I keep getting told it’s great, but still haven’t made it around the block to try it.

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