TIME OUT – The one thing you should eat at every food hall in NYC


When Ninth Avenue stalwart Chelsea Market opened in 1997, the city fell hard for the food hall concept—now, instead of sitting down for a boring old appetizer-entree-dessert, it was possible to graze through your way through a meal, sampling bites from two or three (or six) vendors in one visit. Since then, NYC food halls have multiplied rapidly, and are now found all over town, from Crown Heights’ Berg’n to Penn Station’s the Pennsy. With so many options, the question is: what to eat? We’ve picked our favorite dishes from each of the city’s 15 food halls, so get your wallet ready and prepare to let your belt out a notch.

This January addition to the city’s food hall scene sits inauspiciously above every New Yorker’s least favorite place: Penn Station. Luckily, it’s home to a number of quality vendors, from meat masters Pat LaFrieda to vegan junk-food slinger the Cinnamon Snail.
What to order: The Lobster Press from Marc Forgione’s spot of the same name, a gloriously buttery, pressed lobster sandwich. Be sure to do the dip with the hot, spicy broth served alongside. $17

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Spoon University – The 5 Best Places to Grab a Bite in Penn Station

Penn Station is home to an impressive amount of restaurants and bars, ranging from a hesitant “I don’t know…” to “I MUST EAT THAT RIGHT NOW.” While the massive train station probably isn’t the first place you’d think of when someone mentions food in the city, there are some true hidden gems in those crowded corridors. So next time you’re in Penn Station, be sure to check out these places:

“The Pennsy is New York’s newest food court, and according to their website, “The Pennsy will make you look forward to eating at Penn Station.” Considering they have five upscale yet casual dining options plus a craft cocktail bar, outdoor seating, and a La Colombe coffee bar, I’m convinced. They have vegan, pescatarian, and gluten-free options too, so no matter your diet, you can find something at The Pennsy.

Location: SW Corner of 33rd St. and 7th Ave”

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Eater – Lunch Start-Up MealPass Expands to Midtown

Restaurant options include Picnic Basket and Pat LaFrieda

Lunch start-up MealPass is now available in Midtown. The program, which allows diners to pay a flat rate for the month’s weekday lunches, launched last month only in the Union Square, Kips Bay, and Flatiron area. Now MealPass announces that it has added 45 new restaurant options, including ones between 30th Street and 40th Street.

New restaurants listed include Local Thyme, Wafels & Dinges, The Picnic Basket, The Lobster Press, Sarge’s Deli, Pat LaFrieda, and Essen Midtown. MealPass users, who currently pay $99-a-month for membership, can choose one option each weekday for lunch, while restaurants only need to offer one dish per day to the members. Membership cost will eventually go up to $119 in New York City.

Early reactions of MealPass from diners and restaurateurs have largely been positive, despite a somewhat negative review from the Post‘s Steve Cuozzo. Members have so far been pleased with the number of options, including healthy ones, while restaurants reported early profits and ease of use. One note: Unlike many restaurant industry start-ups such as UberEats, MealPass users have to go physically pick up their food, making proximity especially important. Sign up for an account here if you’re interested, and let us know what you think if you try the Midtown options.

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Eater: Manhattan’s Hottest Restaurants – The Pennsy

From Eater’s article: The Hottest Restaurants in Manhattan Right Now, February 2016

“This spacious new food court attached to Penn Station feature stalls from a handful of big name chefs. Marc Forgione is serving lobster sandwiches, bisque, and salads. Franklin Becker’s The Little Beet is offering gluten-free bowls, rolls, and lunch boxes. Pat LaFrieda is selling steak sandwiches and meatball subs. The Cinnamon Snail team’s menu includes barbecue tempeh sandwiches, veggie burgers, and bowls. And Mario Batali and Mary Giuliani put together a menu of Italian pressed sandwiches and seasonal soups at their stall Mario By Mary. The Pennsy also features a full bar, and it’s open till 11 p.m daily. Robert Sietsema likes the meatball subs from Pat LaFrieda and Mario by Mary.”

Eater-NY, the Pennsy, hottest restaurants in Manhattan

Village Voice: 1/28/16

The Village Voice reviews Marc Forgione’s Lobster Press.

“As gourmet food courts have mushroomed across our city, chef-driven, fast-casual counters have multiplied apace to fill them.

Lobster Press, from Marc Forgione, is one of a handful of eateries debuting at The Pennsy (2 Pennsylvania Place), the new 8,000-square-foot food plaza located atop Penn Station, at the southwest corner of 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue. With his fresh lobster panini ($17–$18), Forgione is offering up a crustaceous contender for NYC’s fervent, social-sharing sandwich cravers.”

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The Village Voice reviews Marc Forgione's Lobster Press at The Pennsy

Bloomberg: 1/22/16

See what Bloomberg Business had to say about The Pennsy:

“New York’s food hall boom isn’t slowing down one bit—Anthony Bourdain is planning a 150,000-square-foot Asian night market at Pier 57, and just last Monday, The Pennsy, named after the Pennsylvania Railroad’s old nickname, swung open its double glass doors atop Manhattan’s Penn Station… the 8,000-square-foot, street-level space in the old Borders location is certainly exciting news for commuters in the area who’ve run out of lunch options.

The Pennsy is airy and industrial-looking, and includes a row of five restaurants and a soon-to-open bar. When the liquor license comes through, you’ll be able to dawdle with a few cans of beer or a giant glass of wine to help ease the general malaise associated with actually being above Penn Station.”

Read the from Bloomberg Business here.

The Pennsy on Bloomberg Business

Zagat’s first look at The Pennsy

First look from Zagat:

“A new gourmet food court called The Pennsy is shaking up the dining desert that is Herald Square by offering fast-casual, chef-driven fare. Situated atop a bustling train terminal and beside Madison Square Garden, the casual 8,000-sq.-ft. space brings the best and brightest of New York’s culinary scene to commuters, happy hour goers and sports fans — think Marc Forgione, Pat LaFrieda, Mario Batali and The Little Beet. And, of course, a bar. Below is a look at the options you can expect at the newly opened multi-vendor concept.”

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Zagat's first look at The Pennsy