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By PK Greenfield


The Empire Room Lounge

If you’re weary of waiting in lines for a chopped salad or grabbing ‘a slice’ on-the-go for lunch, here is an idea that will transform your lunchtime experience and not break your budget.

The Empire Room at The Empire State Building is now offering classic American fare parallel to its classic art deco interior — awesome. The room, located on 33rd Street off Avenue of The Americas, is a 3,500 square-foot lounge designed with a style reminiscent of the days of Erté, The Rainbow Room and Ziegfeld Follies.

Previously a U.S. Post Office, the new digs are fresh and fabulous while mysteriously replicating the golden years: an opulent crystal chandelier, tufted banquettes, brushed stainless steel and handsome leather chairs.

Chef Kenneth McClure’s Chicken Noodle Soup

The lunch menu is limited but has something for every taste. Appetizers include Chili, Chicken Noodle Soup and Roast Beef Sliders. I recommend the chicken soup — hearty and flavorful.

The Sandwich Board has traditional items like the Turkey Club, Empire Ruben, Pulled Pork Sandwich and a Classic Italian Hero. I indulged on the Roast Beef Cheesesteak that gives Philadelphia a run for its money — savory with sautéed onions, peppers and cheddar cheese.

They also serve an assortment of fresh salads including Chef to Caesar, Grilled Paninis and some of the most mouth-watering Flat Breads like Garlic Chicken with balsamic onions, red peppers and mozzarella.

Lunching in art deco style

The Empire Room is a great place to take clients and co-workers. It’s also a smart idea for lunch after a morning full of shopping in Midtown.

If you have out-of-town guests visiting the NYC landmarks, I recommend taking them to lunch at The Empire State Building and show them where the locals now dine.

The Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue
SW Lobby at 33rd Street
Tel: 212-643-5400

Photos: PK Greenfield

Originally published November 2012



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