A good lunch for me and my book
I'm looking for a cute place where I can get a delicious meal and relax with my book for a little while. Any type of food - just not too spicy! - and really any location south of 30th street - I'm willing to walk around. Also good take-out, close to a park where I can sit and relax, would be great.
Thanks for the tips!
What about 71 irving place? Good sandwiches and pannini and very good baked goods and you can stay all afternoon.
Once, after a particularly stressful and disappointing job interview, I stepped into Otto. It was on the late side (2 PM-ish), and I just wanted a glass of wine and a place to brood. The place was empty, I sat at the bar and had a quiet, lovely lunch (fennel/orange salad and the cheese plate) with my book and a chat with the bartender. I am not fond of the pizza there, and I'm definitely not a fan of the scene at night, but at a slow time during the day it's quite pleasant, and near enough to the park for you to wander after.
I'll probably get burned for this but on a sunny day Shake Shack satisfies all your criteria. You can get a lot of reading done in that line!