|New York Public Library|
The main floor has rotating and FREE exhibitions of historical merit; when I visited there was a history of lunch in New York on display. Amongst the many rooms discussing hot dog carts was a diner jukebox that played food-based music!
|Much respect for the inclusion of Spinal Tap. I can't make this image vertical for some reason :(|
|Flatiron building (Broadway&Fifth)|
Madison Square park is also the original residence of a phenomenon known as Shake Shack. Beginning from a simple hot dog cart with constant long lines in 2001, the Shack eventually won a bid to be a permanent fixture there. Once upon a time, you had to go to New York to eat at a Shake Shack. Now you can sample their fare in Massachusetts, as far west as Texas, or overseas in Dubai and even at any of their four (yes, four!) stores in Istanbul, Turkey! It begs the question whether they can maintain the quality they are known for as a smaller outfit now that they have gone global and public (NYSE: SHAK).
And the lines are LOOOOOONG. See here for what I found right when it opened on a weekday:
|Shake Shack line, 11AM (right at opening)|
|Burger, Concrete, and a Brooklyn Brewery beer.|
And we finish with a concrete: The Shack Attack is a rich and creamy custard densely packed with all kinds of delectable chocolatelyness. Don't you dare share it with anyone because you'll be fighting over bites. Perfect to cool you down on a hot day! And now you will definitely need to walk to your next destination so you only gain 8 pounds instead of 10.
Idea 3: (Note this is not a cheap option.) Go to a baseball game! The Yankees and Mets both recently got new stadia and what's better than a ballgame on a summer evening? I haven't been to the New Yankee Stadium, but I do hear it is a terrible exercise in parting you from your money.
|Citi Field, Flushing, Queens, New York|