I get into the office every morning between 8:30 and 9 a.m., greeted with the usual mayhem. Pages to be read, deadlines to be met, ideas for the next issue to be generated, and on and on it goes. In between all the mania, visions of lunch start to dance in my head. Is it a tuna sushi and seaweed day? Perhaps a hearty turkey sandwich with a side of vegetable lentil soup, and fresh, light coleslaw, with nary an ounce of mayo? Or something a tad more elegant..honeyed salmon with a side of sautéed asparagus spears and garlic perhaps…
For me the choices are endless at my favorite luncheon pick-up spot, Bread & Butter. (Their secondary name is “Habits to be Made:” clearly they were speaking directly to me, as I am a creature of culinary habit when it comes to the midday repast. )
OK, so now it’s about 11:30 and I have sufficiently worked my way up into a genuine hunger, but I keep to the self-imposed rule of never eating before noon. Meaning, by 12:01 p.m. you can usually see me on 29th and Park Ave. South heading into Habits: and that’s when there are decisions to be made. Besides the aforementioned luncheon choices there are tons more: crispy grilled chicken, sizzling burgers, a variety of udon and soba choices, teriyaki, stir-fry, and soups such as chicken stew and tomato basil that taste right out of Grandma’s kitchen. Now granted, nearly every Manhattan street corner has one of these jack-of-all-trades type deli, but mine, clearly, is the best. Hey, I’m an editor-in-chief, don’t I get to be territorial and biased when it comes to good eats?
>> Habits to be Made, 419 Park Ave. South, 212.683.0803