Sampling corporate cafeteria cuisine
These cafeterias make good food their business.
Retro is in at the Merrill Lynch/Heineken cafeteria.
Corporate Cafeterias aren’t just for sloppy Joes and neon-orange trays anymore. With lunch hours getting shorter and palates becoming more sophisticated, corporate cafeterias in
Just a block away from the bustling
The Food: Nothing over-the-top here, but the chefs have perfected the standards—salads, sandwiches, and soups. The salad bar changes daily, but expect to find perfectly grilled veggies, cold pasta salads, a variety of cheeses, and grilled meats. The thick, juicy burgers also are a great choice; pair one with fries and you won’t have to worry about making a big dinner that evening. No canned soups here; the chicken noodle is perfectly seasoned and tastes just like Grandma’s homemade version. If you’re looking for a sweet treat to end your meal, try a slice of cheesecake or a Häagen-Dazs ice-cream bar. And forget fighting the masses at Starbucks across the street; the ’Bucks are brewed here, too.
Price: Average lunch ranges from $10 to $15. The décor: Think retro diner meets lunchroom. The space is large and filled with aqua booths and Formica tables. The best part? Classic rock tunes are constantly pumping through the air. Open to the public? Yes Parking: The
The crowd here has eyes trained for evaluating, so it’s no wonder the cafeteria serves up above-average cuisine.
The Food: One of the many Flik-run cafeterias (a chef-run corporate catering company) in the area; the set-up is pretty basic. But with such a diverse group of diners—everyone from scientists to editors—the menu changes frequently, with a focus on ethnic cuisine. The emphasis on seasonal items and high-quality ingredients gives this cafeteria a Whole Foods vibe. From burgers topped with tangy Manchego cheese to tender and peppery steak au poivre and sweet pumpkin flan, there really is something for everyone. Specialty sandwiches like fresh mozzarella-and-tomato with fresh fruit go quickly, as do the hot entrées like salmon and oven-roasted potatoes.
The décor: Nothing fancy here. Just your average plastic chairs and square tables. But it does boast a large patio. Price: Average lunch ranges from $11 to $16. Open to the public? No. Our advice? Befriend an editor or scientist working at CR to get you in! Parking: Visitor’s lot
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