Top Picks for Great Lunch Spot This Fall in NYC!
Top Picks for Great Lunch Spot This Fall in NYC!
Lunch is a chance to recharge and fuel up for some more sightseeing! Don't just grab-and-go, take a leisurely lunch and take in some great ambiance and this perfect in-between summer and fall weather. Check out some of our top picks you dont want to miss—options like a $29 regional Italian three-course menu at Feroce Ristorante, a Japanese twist to a burger from HALL’s Michelin-starred chef, or a prix-fixe express lunch at Hudson Yards Grill in New York’s newest neighborhood. Check out the below options for where to go for a delicious midday break while you're visiting NYC.
Feroce Ristorante at Moxy Chelsea
105 W. 28th St.
Located in the heart of the historic Flower District inside the vibrant Moxy Chelsea lies Feroce Ristorante, an oasis for regional Italian cuisine from Francesco Panella of the famed Antica Pesa (Rome, Brooklyn) and TAO Hospitality Group. Arguably one of the best values for dollar, with a three-course pre-fixe menu ($29) priced just under $30, guests get a choice of one antipasti or crostini; one pasta, salad or focaccia; and one dessert. Selections include dishes like Millefogile di Melanzana, fried eggplant with imported Fiordilatte mozzarella, organic tomatoes, and fresh basil; Bucatino Alla’amatriciana, faella Italian imported pasta served with DOP Italian plum tomato sauce, crispy guanciale, and pecorino Romano DOP cheese. Finish the meal on a sweet note with Tiramisu, a traditional Italian recipe of espresso soaked Savoiardi cookies and mascarpone cream topped with cocoa powder, served in a cappuccino cup. The pre-fixe menu, which can be enjoyed in the main dining room or the ristorante's lush, bright all-season garden, offers a combination of delights perfect for business people, families, couples, friends, and more, at a great price.
17 West 20th St.
Chef Hiroki Odo cemented his reputation at vegetarian-centric, Kajitsu - one of the top plant-forward, Michelin-starred restaurants in New York. Now at his own all-day establishment, HALL, he is taking a more casual approach, crafting Western dishes but with a Japanese twist and high-grade local ingredients. At lunch, the menu is focused around something familiar to New Yorkers – the burger. However, chef Odo brings his classic Japanese training and passion for local ingredients to create several standout offerings. At a very reasonable price, guests can try the signature American Wagyu Beef Burger with tender washugyu beef patty (an Oregon-made crossbred between Wagyu and Angus steak), cheese, diced purple onion, sansho pepper sauce; Panko Fried Chicken Burger with lettuce, diced purple onion, demi-glace sauce; and the Veggie Burger with a patty made of chick peas, quinoa, grains, onion, carrots, lotus roots and edamame, then topped with white mushroom, cashew nuts, creamy curry sauce. Whether dining in or taking out, these burgers have become top contenders for best in the city!
30 East 20th St.
Chef Lucile Plaza marries her classical French training and modern techniques to the menu at Le Coq Rico, highlighting heritage poultry, fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables to create elevated versions of traditional French dishes. The elegant space located in the heart of the Flatiron District is the perfect spot for a mid-day meal that’s far from your average sad desk lunch. From bright salads like the Fig & Arugula Salad with popcorn, parmesan, sherry dressing , to their signature 120 day aged Brune Landaise Quarter, Le Coq Rico’s menu includes a wide variety of French inspired entrees and accompaniments. Daily lunch specials bring something new to the table each day, including Macaroni & Chicken on Mondays, Coq Au Vin on Tuesdays and Poultry Burger with almond spiced crust, pineapple chutney and a homemade brioche bun on Wednesdays. Desserts are a can’t miss at Le Coq Rico, with offerings like their famous L’ile Flottante made with soft meringue, red praline and crème anglaise, and the 100% Chocolate Profiterole with chocolate puff pastry, chocolate ice cream, warm chocolate coulis and almond & hazelnut praline.
10 Columbus Circle, 4th fl.
Michael Lomonaco’s classic American steakhouse is the perfect place to enjoy a mid-day porterhouse steak among New York’s business elite. The one-of-a-kind views of Central Park and Columbus Circle are an added bonus. Choose from a la carte options or the Park View 3-Course Lunch special, which includes a selection of Porter House’s signature appetizers, main courses and desserts. Top dishes include the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Lomonaco’s signature Aged Prime Beef Burger and the prime dry-aged New York Strip Steak with classic steakhouse sides like Buttermilk Onion Rings, Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach to round out the decadent lunch.
511 W 33rd St, 4th fl.
Located in New York’s newest neighborhood, Hudson Yards Grill has something for everyone. With several new offices and buildings opening up in this hot new area, Hudson Yards is a hub of activity offering great dining options in a convenient and bustling location. The diverse menu of regional American dishes and sharable plates includes everything from hearty mains like Michael’s Signature ML’s Blend Aged Prime Beef Burger and Buttermilk Fried Chicken with coleslaw and pickled vegetables, to freshly made sushi rolls like the Rainbow Roll with crab, salmon, hamachi and tuna and the Lobster Roll topped with sturgeon caviar. Hudson Yards Grill offers their Pre Fixe Express Lunch with a two or three course meal options.
600 11th Ave.
The beloved West Village Italian hot spot recently moved from their original location in the West Village to Gotham West Market, where the team continues to curate the same elevated culinary experiences that made them a neighborhood favorite. The new location offers beloved dell’anima classics like Tagliatelle alla Bolognese and Charred Octopus with rice beans, chorizo and chicories, along lunch dishes available for the first time, including a selection of Panini like Mushroom with house made ricotta and toasted pumpkin seeds, Pollo Diavolo with rapini pesto and provolone, and Chimichurri Steak with caramelized onion puree, arugula and pecorino. The perfect quick and satisfying lunch stop in the Hudson Yards/Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, dell’anima offers an elevated dining experience in a convenient marketplace that has options for everyone and communal seating for easy group dining.
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016
Murray Hill’s literary and artistic oasis is not only a collection of historical manuscripts, old master drawings, prints, and photography, its dining venues are also a culinary destination. This fall, the museum announced a collaboration with James Beard award-winning chef and Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio, who will be menuing seasonal, modern American dishes at the glass enclosed Morgan Café, and the more formal Morgan Dining Room. Offering the perfect opportunity to disconnect from the digital world via the museum’s exhibitions, while also experiencing Colicchio’s sought-after cuisine, lunch dishes include items like Arugula-Hanger Steak Salad with parmesan, toasted pine nuts, and lemon confit; Steamed PEI Mussels with fennel, leeks, and white wine and the TC Wagyu Burger with balsamic onions, truffled pecorino, B&B pickles, and fried fingerlings. The complete menu, which will debut later this fall, is available on Tuesday through Thursday 11 am to 4 pm, Friday 11 am to 8 pm, and Saturday through Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.
1000 5th Avenue, New York, New York 10028
As the seasons change, so do many menus. The Metropolitan Museum of Art invites guests into The Dining Room for lunch to try Michelin-starred Chef John Fraser’s seasonal, single ingredient-driven menu with the current menu spotlighting tomatoes. By showcasing one single ingredient, Fraser mimics the way the museum showcases an exhibition, artistically paralleling food with art. Highlights from the menu include: Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho ($16) which utilizes a puree of heirloom tomatoes and House Made Pappardelle ($29) which incorporates heirloom cherry tomatoes. Each dish is expertly paired with a recommended wine as well. The Dining Room’s lunch menu is available on Monday through Friday 11 am to 2:30 pm, Saturday 11:30 am to 3 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 3 pm.