Midtown for late midweek lunch/robust snack? Fast answer please!
We are arriving in town (NY Public Library area) at around 2:30 PM on Tuesday 14th August after a travel day that will start at 06:45 AM CST and will no doubt be HUNGRY when we arrive. Looks like a lot of places nearby are either rubbish or closed at that hour....
Table for 2, omnivores, no particular budget in mind!
If you're willing to go 12 blocks south, The Breslin serves lunch till 4. 15 blocks north, David Chang's má pêche serves his famous pork buns at the bar between meals (also oysters, rice cakes, etc). Too far?
There are many food carts in the neighbourhood... And one can always visit the Oyster Bar in Grand Central.
If you're coming through the Port Authority bus terminal, Tabata Noodle serves decent ramen. And there's a Shake Shack near Times Sq thought it's widely considered the least representative of the bunch in Manhattan.
It used to be that experts said not to eat them in the summer because for two reasons: possible spoilage, and getting a tasteless oyster that had spawned. Neither of these are issues any more.
Some oysters now come from the Pacific Ocean, and these Pacific oysters have been altered to spawn very lightly, so that most of us can't even taste the difference in the summer.
From the New York Times:
"Decades ago, oysters were not harvested or sold in the summertime mainly because of the heat. But it is no longer difficult to keep oysters chilled in transit or in a restaurant, even on the sultriest days.
Sandy Ingber, the buyer for the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station, said, "Oysters spawn for a few weeks, not all summer, so there are always some available that are not spawning." He added that he rejects any shipments he receives of spawning oysters.
Do you eat spicy food? Szechuan Gourmet and Cafe China are open continuously. Also look on Midtownlunch.com as many food carts will be open, especially since it's a weekday.
One example is the Trini Paki Boys:
There is also a food truck parked every day outside the NYPL on 42nd now:
Bar Room at the Modern also serves all day.