lunch: taking advantage of my mid-week vacation day
i'm taking a random vacation day next week, with the goal of doing absolutely nothing. i was thinking that it would be cool to check out a place for lunch that is either closed on weekends, or just too busy to deal with.
shopsin's is currently in the lead, but i am open to any other suggestions. if you don't mind also providing the ideal time to go, that would be cool too.
i assume most places would be best to check out some time between lunch and school dismissal--maybe 2:15ish?
I will definitely go to places where the lunch prix-fixe or deal isn't available during weekend. I agree with RGR's suggesiton on EMP, and I will add Jean Georges (main dining room, not Nougatine) to the list. Other places like Perry St or Ssam Bar have their prix-fixe every day, so you can save the trip during weekend.
If you like sushi, you can also go to Sushi Yasuda for the lunch. They are open on Sat for lunch but closed on Sunday.
I second Perry St. I was there a couple of weeks ago for the $24 lunch and it was almost empty, but it was one of those arctic days. They serve lunch until 3. Everything was delicious and the service was great. They also had an excellent $6 cotes du rhone by the glass. Sunny, with a view of the west side highway (?) and the Hudson. Ssam bar also has a $24 lunch, but you can probably spend less there if you don't get the prix fixe. (Be warned, David Chang was on Martha Stewart so the hordes may be descending on Ssam and Milk Bar.)
Eleven Madison Park stopped serving lunch/brunch last July. For lunch Mon.-Fri., the menu is now 2 courses for $28, each additional course is $14, and desserts are $12 each. In tandem, the wine list has a "Page $28" -- that is, a selection of bottles, half bottles and glasses for $28.
Service is always cordial and professional. During the day, with the light (and, hopefully, the sun) streaming in through the huge windows facing the park, the gorgeous space takes on a magical quality.
Lunch is served between noon and 2 p.m. It doesn't matter when you book. You can relax because you will never be rushed out.