PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “Sarah”

Every Tuesday I 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 Sarah, a part time Midtown Lunch’er who gets to eat in one of my favorite neighborhoods half of the week…

Name: Sarah


Full time student and part time assister of creativity

Where in Midtown do you Work?:
  I go to school at Parsons: Union Square campus (13th and 5th) and work part time at 59th and Madison.  But last year I worked full time at 59th and Madison, so I am familiar with the area

Favorite Kind of Food:
Mediterranean style (grilled meat, veggies, salad, olive oil and fresh bread), and Korean bbq

Least Favorite Kind of Food:
Indian food, organ meats, olives, capers, mushrooms and flour tortillas (prefer corn)

Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown:
Mangia on 57th btw. 5+6th, for the pesto chicken salad with arugula, parm and fresh bread. I could eat that every day.

The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often:
When i worked full time in Midtown, it was Mangia. We would also occasionally go to this tiny Italian cheese shop at 62nd and Lexington, aptly named Cheese on 62nd. They sold cheese and Italian grocery items, but they also made these totally tasty sandwiches. Nowadays I bring my own, because I’m a student.  (For other lunch’ers, there is also a Mangia on 48th btw. Mad+5th -zach).

Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Hallo Berlin cart.  As a Chicago native and of German descent I love, love, love sausage, kraut and onions.  That and the Treats Truck, although I have only spotted her twice…  (The Treats Truck is on 38th & 5th Ave. today & Thursday- and Kim told me yesterday that she is hoping that there will be a spot open in the Northern part of Midtown over the winter, due to hibernating Ice Cream Trucks.  I’ll keep you up to date… or check -zach)

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why?  Probably Chicago.  I love the hot dog shops.  Give me a dog (Chicago style) with cheese fries and a diet coke and I’ll be happy.  Probably a good thing I dont live there, that can’t be good for you.  Union Square, fortunately, is a close second because it’s a short walk to the east or west and if I’m feeling lazy, I can get healthy and good food at the Whole Foods.

Anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers? Any suggestions for a great lunch around Union Square?  Anywhere, but prefer a cheap student budget lunch option…

I’m so jealous…  next to Chinatown, Union Square would probably be my number 2 dream job location for lunch’ing purposes in Manhattan.  Where I would eat every day, if I worked in Union Square- after the jump…

“Pork Buns” Posted to Flickr by Jane! Jane! Jane!

Momofuku Ssam Bar!  Sure, technically it’s the East Village, but only 3 avenues East from where you work (13th & 2nd), and well worth the walk.  And it’s not exactly “cheap”, but still under $10.  I’d probably alternate… Ssam Mondays & Fridays, Pork buns on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Maybe Vanessa’s Dumpling Bar (14th btw. 2+3rd) on Wednesdays just to mix it up a bit…  (and if you love sausages so much, there’s also Mandler’s, on 17th btw. 5th+B’way/Union Square West).

Anybody else have a Union Square recommendation for Sarah?  Post it as a comment below… And, as always, if you want to be the next Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er, email me at


  • “Ssam Mondays & Fridays, Pork buns on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Maybe Vanessa’s Dumpling Bar (14th btw. 2+3rd) on Wednesdays just to mix it up a bit… ”

    It’s a good thing you don’t work in Union Square, Zach–you’d be dead within a year! Your corpse would have a grin on its face, mind you, but still…

  • Chicago!

  • Jane, I agree, Indian food is like the best thing possibly ever to eat. I work on Park ave in the 30s and we are never allowed to order take out Indian b/c my coworker hates it! And its a crime b/c, I mean, Curry Hill! Its right here! Also this is not me being profiled, FYI. I’m trying to keep my identity secret so I can ambush Rudy more easily. Also I work like 4 blocks outside of the ML-designated borders

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