Let’s face it: It’s easy to get stuck in a sad desk lunch rut. Or to get sick of your favorite coffee shop you stop by every day before work. Or to frantically search for a happy hour bar that you haven’t been to a dozen times before. Fortunately, knowing where to eat and drink in Manhattan is a talent we’ve become known for — and we’re here to help. The good news is that even within a 10- to 15-minute walk from your office, you’re in the perfect radius for great bars, restaurants, fast-casual lunches, and coffee shops nearby. If you find yourself in need of some new restaurant inspiration on a slow work day, reference this list of our favorites near you — you can thank us later.Read More
Where to Eat and Drink Near Your Dentsu Aegis Office
Empellón Al Pastor @ Pod 39
Mexican food magician Alex Stupak just opened this second larger location of his casual taco spot in January 2019 inside the Pod 39 hotel. The expanded 25-item menu includes non-taco dishes like broiled oysters with hoja santa and bacon, a fried chicken sandwich with cucumbers and toum, and pork fried rice, as well as weekend brunch. Drinks are still a highlight, with tiki-inspired tipples like the Green Banana (Avua Cachaça, green banana, and citrus) and the Yoga Mat (Pueblo Viejo Blanco with coconut water).
Food halls are a dime a dozen these days, but they are definitely not all equal. Urbanspace, with a few markets sprinkled across the city, has a way of attracting some of the city’s best food makers and this one near Grand Central is always packed. We recommend grabbing lunch from Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter, Mimi’s Hummus, Mr. Bing, or Seamore’s, and a pastry or cookie from Ovenly — the perfect way to treat yourself.
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2nd Ave Deli
It’s an institution for a reason: 2nd Ave Deli is the ideal spot to refuel with some Jewish cuisine classics, like matzo ball soup, cheese- or fruit-filled blintzes, or a stacked hot pastrami or corned beef sandwich. If you’re really ready to go for it, call for a triple decker, which combines meats like tongue, corned beef, and salami with coleslaw and Russian dressing. Wash it down with a Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda for the ultimate Jewish deli experience.
While it appears to be just a coffee shop from the outside, this slim space serves up some of the neighborhood’s best and most creative breakfast and lunch sandwiches, salads, and bowls — hence the epic line (but it moves quickly!). Try the filling roasted chicken and squash salad with lentils and arugula or the turkey confit sandwich with fried onions, apple, and mustard-seed relish, which will satisfy your Thanksgiving cravings all year long. Oh, and the coffee is Australian so it too is excellent (Little Collins is named after the street of the same name in Melbourne).
Park Avenue Tavern
This convenient Irish pub has a full menu, is open late, and can satisfy most cravings for beer, comfort food, or a solid cocktail — and the décor is not half bad. These details make it a popular after-work happy hour spot, where you’ll find a good selection of beers on tap, a well-cooked burger and fries, and even a few tasty salads. And the Irish coffee made with Slane whiskey is the perfect pick-me-up on a cold day.
Ophelia Lounge NYC
One of the city’s hidden gems, this Art Deco cocktail lounge on the top floor of the Beekman Tower at the edge of the East River is simply stunning — and the drinks are impressive as well. The wraparound terrace offers spectacular 360-degree views of the river and the city, and the design details pay homage to the history of the building as an Art Deco-era marvel. To that end, there are intriguing and beautiful curiosities scattered throughout the space — and even inside the glass-topped bar itself. At the bar, order original (and Insta-worthy) creations like Ophelia’s Ascension (pepper-infused mezcal, bourbon, bitters, and cedar smoke) and the Purple Tuxedo (Empress 1908 Gin, Aquavit, Velvet Falernum, absinthe, and plum bitters).
The Grill & The Pool Lounge
When the Four Seasons was forced to close its storied doors in 2017, power lunchers across the city collectively freaked out. But since Major Food Group took over the landmarked space, they’ve successfully managed to install two of Manhattan’s must-see-and-be-seen restaurants, with suitable theatrics to match. The Grill is more meat-focused while the Pool (which has tables surrounding an actual pool in the middle of the room) excels at elaborate seafood dishes. If you’re just after a drink, the Pool Lounge crafts some of the best-tasting and most beautiful cocktails around.
Sparks Steak House
Open since 1966, Sparks is one of Manhattan’s legendary steak houses, known both for its food and ties to the mob, with the famous shooting of Paul Castellano, head of the Gambino family, occurring outside its doors in 1985. Stretch out at one of the spacious tables, order your favorite cut of steak, and enjoy a hearty meal with your classic New York experience.
Consistently ranked as one of the city’s top restaurants — not just top sushi restaurants — this sushi stalwart has been serving exceedingly fresh and tasty fish alongside perfect rice since 1999. Spring for the omakase for the ultimate experience and savor some of the best seafood you’ll ever taste.
Pickler & Co
Primarily a takeout spot, Pickler & Co. has a solid sandwich lineup that makes it popular with the hungry and harried office workers of Midtown. A menu of breakfast and lunch sandwiches and wraps are on offer, and they also have a make-your-own option. If you can’t decide, the Rachel (turkey pastrami with Swiss cheese, thousand island dressing, and sauerkraut on rye) and the avocado grilled cheese are both tasty choices.
Busy since it opened in 2016, this ramen-focused joint from the famous Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto serves four types of ramen: a rich tonkotsu pork broth, chicken, spicy tantan, and tsukemen (noodles dipped in broth that’s served separately). Yakisoba noodles are also on the menu, as well as Japanese appetizers like pork gyoza, salmon poke, and chicken karaage. The sake list is long but features helpful explanations and a map to help you decide.
Sophie's Cuban Cuisine
Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine has become a New York staple for good reason: Open since 1997, the Luna family has perfected the Cuban lunch counter for the masses of Manhattan office workers. And you won’t find larger portions of tender, spiced meat anywhere else in the neighborhood. The crowd favorite may be the oxtail stew (served as the Monday, Wednesday, Friday special), especially when served with a heaping side of yellow rice and fried plantains. There’s always a Cubano sandwich too, but insiders know to order it (or the equally tasty pernil sandwich) with a twist: topped with fried plantains and Sophie’s special green sauce, made with fresh jalapeños.