Where to Grab a Light Lunch This Summer in NYC

Where to Grab a Light Lunch This Summer in NYC

Courtesy Felidia


The Dining Room at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Midafternoon hunger is a real thing, especially after following a tour of the Upper East Side’s most iconic Museum. To satisfy this craving, The Metropolitan Museum of Art invites guests into The Dining Room for a late lunch experience. The Dining Room provides a light menu that includes items like carrot chamomile soup and Atlantic blue crab cakes—perfectly balancing hearty, yet light dishes for a late lunch meal. The Dining Room’s late lunch menu is offered weekly, Mon-Fri from 2-4 pm. The complete late lunch menu can be found here.


Sushi by Bou 

With locations in the lobby of Hotel 32 32 in NoMad and in the basement of The Sanctuary Hotel in Times Square, Sushi by Bou is known for offering a 30-minute omakase for $50. Guests can enjoy an intimate and energetic omakase at an eight-seat counter featuring a menu of Botan Ebi, Ikura, Uni, Unagi and the signature surf-and-turf Wagyuni. For those looking for a boozy lunch, a selection of handmade cocktails, sake and Japanese whisky are also available.



Located in Midtown East, and perfect for a quick lunch, the Italian fine-dining icon Felidia

offers a two-course prix-fixe menu for $34 served Mon-Fri from noon to 2:30 pm. Created by acclaimed Chef Fortunato Nicotra, the menu features upscale traditional Italian fare such as the Barbabietole with roasted baby beets, baked ricotta cheese, Sicilian pistachios, and apples,  Vitello Tonnato with thinly-sliced veal, tonnato sauce all'antica, tuna semi-carpaccio, and artichokes, and Capesante with roasted Maine diver scallops and pureed and roasted rainbow cauliflower.



The small Flatiron shop serves 100% naturally gluten-free hand rolls, made fresh daily using organic ingredients, certified sustainable seafood, and house-made sauces. The shop is the first in NYC to offer the option of high-protein, all-quinoa hand rolls, made using a proprietary cooking technique that brings a full flavor and fluffy texture that won’t fall apart. Check out some fan-favorite hand rolls including classics like California, salmon avocado, spicy tuna, and tuna salad, alongside custom vegan tuna avocado (made with tomatoes!), and a cheeseburger roll made with locally-sourced beef from Wonder Meats in New Jersey, wrapped with American cheese and house-made special sauce.


Sen Sakana 

Located in the heart of Midtown, Sen Sakana is the perfect place for lunch. Offering Nikkei cuisine, the cuisine of Peruvian and Japanese influences, Sen Sakana’s sleek interior and elevated dishes make it the perfect spot to recharge after a long day of sightseeing. Lunch is a prix-fixe menu for $35 that includes soup, salad, their signature house-crafted tofu as well as a choice of main dish from a selection including a quinoa crusted chicken breast called chicken Nanban, seafood Yaki Soba, vegetable tempura and more.


Feroce Ristorante (©Will Engelmann)


Feroce Ristorante 

Soak in all that Summer Friday has to offer and bask in Feroce Ristorante’s lush, sun-drenched garden while enjoying seasonal dishes like Carciofi & Gamberi with grilled artichokes, prawns, arugula, and crisp herbed bread crumbs or Black Bass alla Griglia wild-caught black bass, sugar snap peas, oyster mushrooms, rainbow chard and salsa verde.  Finish with a sip of Sgroppino; part cocktail, part dessert, this Venetian-born drink is made with vodka, Feroce Prosecco, and lemon sorbet from the Amalfi coast. Feroce Ristorante is open for lunch every Mon-Fri from 11:30 am–4:30 pm. In the mood for pizzas and bocce? Head upstairs to Feroce Ristorante’s sister concept, Bar Feroce Backyard, complete with a retractable roof for a midday oasis.


The Morgan Cafe at The Morgan Library & Museum

As a picturesque escape from our digitally-overrun lives, The Morgan Library & Museum serves as a literary and artistic oasis in New York City’s Murray Hill, making this a great afternoon escape especially with free admission on Fridays! Every Friday in July, The Morgan Bar, offers a special late lunch, early evening cocktail hour menu entitled “Sliders, Shakes & Shandies” which features three Snake River beef sliders, and a choice of a mini milkshake or a grilled Shandy for $14. The lunch menu is every Friday in July from 4-8 pm, and the complete menu is found here.


Pepper Lunch

For those looking for a quick yet tasty meal, quick-service Japanese restaurant Pepper Lunch is offering a "cook-it-your-way" concept and high-quality meals at an affordable price right in midtown. Here, guests place their order at the counter and then the dish is served on a hot round platter where diners can cook the sizzling ingredients to the preferred temperature of choice. Since the teppan remains hot for more than 20 minutes, diners can enjoy their lunch warm until the very last bite! Perfect for groups or dining solo, steak lovers can choose the classic beef pepper rice ($11.50), hamburg steak with eggs ($15.50) or Angus sirloin steak ($20.90). Seafood options are also available including eel pepper rice ($15.50) and salmon pepper rice ($12.10); all dishes can be enhanced with a soup or salad. 

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