Help me escape from NYC for one hour a day!
January 10, 2007 12:01 PM Subscribe
Good places to spend an hour lunch break in Midtown Manhattan?
posted by BE ADEQUITE to work & money (15 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I work near 6th Avenue and 57th Street. My building has a lunch room in the basement, which seems like the most depressing possible place to spend my (mandatory) hourlong lunch.
At this time of day I'm often not even hungry, and in the summer I took catnaps in Central Park or otherwise enjoyed the outdoors. But it's winter now, and I feel trapped. I abhor crowds, loathe noise, despise tourists, and in general, believe that this part of the city is an abomination. It seems like most places that have indoor public space either have banned food or have a TV blaring somewhere overhead.
I need indoor places nearby where I can sit quietly and read, write, or eat in peace. OR I need indoor places nearby that I can walk around and explore in relative quiet and privacy. Both need to be either free or practically so, and need to be within walking distance. I often pack my lunch, and just need somewhere to eat it. I refuse to spend more than $5 on lunch if I buy it in the city. I refuse to wander in the cold for an hour. I refuse to eat in the basement. Please help, AskMe!
Some examples, I love to go sit and read or relax in St. Thomas Cathedral on 53rd and 5th, which is almost always empty. There is a large art supply store on 57th and 7th that is fun to explore. There is a fancy bookstore on 57th between 5th and 6th with a window seat I can read in (no food allowed, though). The lobby of the Park Lane Hotel has lovely armchairs perfect for reading, but I'd feel gauche eating a sandwich there.
Ambience is key, as I could always just go sit in the basement if I wanted to.
Please please please, thank you thank you thank you.