After a long, brutal winter, we at Placemeter are relieved that summer has finally come. But, we’ve run against the main paradox that all modern-day office workers face during the summer. While the sun is out you’re inside, and while you’re out the sun’s setting. What to do, what to do?
Thankfully, New York has come up with a clever way to get its workers some much-needed rays, while also being productive. And that, my friends, is the outdoor lunch. Yes, people lunch outdoor during the summer everywhere. But New York’s kicked the art of outdoor lunch up a notch or two. So, without further ado, as ardent opponents of the sad desk lunch, Placemeter presents to you our favorite places to lunch outdoors. We’ve left off a bunch, so chime in with your favorite spot in the comments below.
Lunchers sprawled across Bryant Park’s lawn during a hot day. (NYTimes)
During the summer, Bryant Park isn’t just good for outdoor movie screenings. The abundant seating options, on-site eateries, and lush lawn to people watch at make it an island in a sea of midtown tourists and skyscrapers. Admire the Beaux-Arts majesty of the New York Public Library’s main branch, watch some bocce ball playing, and chow down on a quality sandwich from ‘wichcraft.
Madison Square Park/Madison Square Eats
Check out the Flatiron Building while eating some Calexico burritos.
Though Madison Square Park isn’t as expansive as Bryant, what it lacks in space, it makes up in some of New York’s best lunch options. There is, of course, the original Shake Shack, but the line there can be a bit prohibitive to those of us who don’t have 2-hour-long lunch hours. Thankfully, just a hop, skip, and jump away from the park is Madison Square Eats, which sets up shop during the summers. There, you’ll find some of the City’s best food shops meting out lunch-worthy shares to their adoring masses. If you work in Flatiron, want sun and great food, then Madison Square Eats is the way to go.
Basically an alleyway of culinary delights.
If you love Madison Square Eats, but work in midtown, then Broadway Bites is for you. That’s no mistake, they’re both run by UrbanSpace. Broadway Bites is located in Greeley Square Park, right south of Herald Square. The food options are just as good as Madison Square Eats—run, do not walk, to Roberta’s—but there’s not as many viable, pleasant outdoor seating options as the Flatiron District. Our suggestion: go as a group. Get one person to wrangle up some tables and chairs in the pedestrian plazas north of the square, while the rest of the group grabs the food (plus a dessert for the chair wrangler). By the time you get your food, you should have enough seats and tables to chow down in the sun while the hustle and bustle of midtown swirls around you.
Stone Steet in FiDi
Stone Street in the Financial District
Stone Street is more known for boozy dinners and brunches, but the food is just as good during the day. You get to sit on some shaded picnic tables and eat some quality pub grub on one of the oldest streets in Manhattan. In between burger bites, pause, look around, and savor the cobble stone street juxtaposed against some of New York’s highest skyscrapers. It’s at this intersection, the one between new and old, tradition and progress, where New York thrives.
Got any good outdoor lunch options? Leave ‘em in the comments below.
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