PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Sherry”

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 Sherry, a fellow food blogger with a twist who likes Asian food of all stripes and is mourning the loss of her favorite food cart.

Name: Sherry

Occupation: Co-founder of Appetite for Good (, a new kind of food blog that focuses on the philanthropic side of chefs and restaurants.

Where you work: Soho, for my day job

Age: 25

Favorite Kinds of Food: I’ll give anything for good Japanese food. I love love love sushi! And Chinese food – good, authentic Chinese food is really hard to find in New York, though. I just came back from Shanghai and had some of the best dim sum I’ve had in my life. I wish I can find dim sum of that caliber (and price LOL) in Chinatown!

Least Favorite Foods: Call me boring, but I can’t eat anything too salty or greasy. I have a “delicate” palate, as described by one of my friends. Hey, gotta be sensitive to all the subtle flavors of Japanese food, right?

Favorite Lunches Downtown: I love working in Soho – so many good choices to choose from! But most of them don’t adhere to the $10 Midtown Lunch standard… but I go to them anyway. If I’m feeling like street food, the Korean BBQ Cart that used to be on Varick & Charlton, which sadly isn’t around anymore (if anyone has spotted it somewhere, please tell me!). Peep on Prince St. (nr. Thompson) has a great lunch special that’s cheap and decent. My co-workers and I also like to go to MeKong on King St. (at 6th Ave.). Such good Vietnamese and quiet too! On days when I have more time for lunch I like to go to Café Duke on Broadway (btw. Spring & Prince) when I’m having a bibimbap craving, or somewhere in Chinatown for some pork chop over rice and hand-pulled noodles.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Sadly, Chipotle. And not so sadly, Rheon Café (gosh, I love that place!) on Spring St. (btw. Sullivan & Thompson) and Alidoro on Sullivan (btw. Spring & Prince).

Places downtown you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Xi’an Famous Foods on E. Broadway (at Forsyth), Mooncake Foods on Watts St. (btw. Thompson & 6th), and Calexico Cart!(Multiple Locations).

Dream job location, purely for lunch purposes, and why: Shanghai… or Kyoto. Ha ha, I wish! In Manhattan, I guess St. Marks Pl. for all the good Japanese food. Or Midtown West, so I can go to Yakitori Totto everyday!

Anything you’d like to ask the downtown Midtown Lunch readers?: Have you spotted the Korean BBQ Cart? I must have their spicy chicken stew! Also, if your favorite restaurant does charity, please tell me! I’d love to cover them for Appetite for Good.

Sadly, the Korean Cart has been MIA for a while now. After being tipped to this a couple of months ago I tried e-mailing one of the women who worked there and got no response. That spicy chicken stew sounds pretty good, though. 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



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