Food & Drink
EVENT: Lunch Hour NYC, An In-Depth Look at the Work Day’s Best Hour
by Lea Faminiano
Not everyone is into museums, but here’s an exhibit we can all be interested in – an exhibit about lunch. Lunch Hour NYC, based in the Bryant Park branch of the New York Public Library (you know, the big one), is an exhibit that explores the history of the NYC lunch hour, from the popular Automat, to the “power lunch,” to lunching at home, to school lunches, and more.
The exhibit focuses mainly on the lunchtime food that is quintessentially NYC. You’ve got your hot dog stands, bagels, and pretzels, but it even addresses the integration of more modern lunchtime fare such as sushi, how salad became standard fare for “ladies who lunch,” and even the popularity of peanut butter.
To be fitting with the theme of the exhibit, a variety of food trucks will be stationed outside of the library, a different one each day, including Red Hook Lobster Pound and Mexicue. Dessert trucks such as Coolhaus will also be there later in the afternoon! A portion of sales will go back to the library and Bryant Park. Additionally, ‘witchcraft (which is normally stationed inside the library) will be offering PB&Js in honor of the exhibit.
A number of related programs about food, cooking, and other culinary pleasures for adults, teens, and children are offered as well.
Lunch Hour NYC runs until February 17 (and it’s free!). To learn more about the exhibit, head over to their website.