PROFILE: Downtown Lunch’er “Yumiko”

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 Yumiko who teaches in Tribeca and but wishes she worked closer to K-Town and its cheap lunches.

Name: Yumiko Higaki

Occupation: Elementary school teacher

Where you work: Greenwich btw. Chambers & Warren

Age: 32

Favorite kinds of food: Anything involving plain white steamed rice.  I’d eat onigiri (rice balls) three meals a day if I didn’t care much about my health but I do and consequently try to balance out the carbs by diversifying my diet.

Least favorite foods: Things (and I don’t call this food) that have excessive amount of food coloring and look too artificial like blue icing on cupcakes.

Favorite lunches downtown: Mangez Avec Moi Express on W. Broadway (btw. Murray & Warren). Their chicken sate banh mi on seven grain bread is the best!

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: Whole Foods. It’s too convenient.  I spend way too much time (waiting in line) and money there.

Places downtown you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Downtown? Salaam Bombay on Greenwich (at Reade).  I haven’t actually tried this place yet but I had no idea they had such a deal [Ed. note: $10 for all you can stuff in a takeout container] until I read about it on this blog!  This is cheaper than WF’s lunch buffet.

Dream job location, purely for lunch purposes, and why: K-town.  I’d probably cook less and eat out more if I had easy access to affordable, yummy Korean food.

Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch: Downtown readers? Any reasonably-priced good desserts in the neighborhood?

I’m a fan of Takahachi Bakery on Murray St. (at Church) for their Japanese baked goods and breads.  There’s also Tribeca Treats on Reade (btw. Church & W. Broadway) if you’re feeling a bit more fancy. 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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