11 New Lunch Menus to Check Out in New York

Some top hot spots have recently launched creative midday menus
January 19, 2017
by Margaret Sutherlin

While the on-the-go lunch might be the New York norm, some kitchens are taking things up a notch during the noon hour with creative menus and lunch-only dishes. Ranging from the prix fixe power meal to a cozy spot for a midday stop, here are the latest spots offering a midday fuel-up. 

Warmed oysters at Le Coucou. Photo by Corry Arnold. 

Le Coucou
This Soho hot spot by chef Daniel Rose unveiled a new weekday prix fixe lunch menu ($48 per person) in late November. It features starters like the popular warm oysters and seaweed butter (available on the dinner menu too) and new items like raw bay scallops with celery, chestnut and clementine. Main highlights include poached lobster with grilled romaine and citrus, or chicken and foie gras with roasted plum and pommes purée.

138 Lafayette St.; 212-271-4252; Lunch served Monday-Friday, 11:30 AM–2 PM

Fried chicken at 21 Greenpoint. Photo by Lauren Hughes.

21 Greenpoint
The hip Brooklyn spot helmed by Homer Murray (yes, son of Bill Murray) and chef Sean Telo has rolled out weekend lunch with creative American comfort fare like a fried fish sandwich and spicy fried chicken – aptly called Hot and Numbing Fried Chicken – with boiled peanuts, scallions, and pickles. There are also lamb fat donuts with grapefruit curd and lavender sugar to top off the meal. L

21 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn; 718-383-8833; Lunch served weekends from 11 AM–4 PM

Fish Cheeks
This family-style Thai spot in Noho unveiled lunch last week, serving a variety of noodle and rice dishes. Try the senn lek tom yum, rice noodles with Prince Edward Island mussels, shrimp squid in a shallot and lemongrass broth and pla muk kai kem with stir fried squid, salted duck egg, scallion, celery leaves, onion and long red chile over rice.

55 Bond St; 212-677-2223; Lunch served Friday-Sunday

Burger at Cut by Wolfgang Puck

Cut by Wolfgang Puck
Wolfgang Puck’s classic Manhattan steakhouse in the Four Seasons added a three-course prix fixe lunch ($39 per person) earlier this month. A few highlights include starters of housemade tortellini, and steak tartare with egg ‘jam’ and herb aïoli. Entrees include pan roasted snapper with caramelized cauliflower, and grilled Sichuan steak with mustard greens and shiitake mushrooms.

99 Church St.; 646-880-1995; Lunch served Monday-Saturday

Brussels sprouts remoulade at Rider. Photo by Asia Colander.

Rider NYC
Patrick Connolly’s Williamsburg cafe added breakfast and lunch to its menu in mid-January. Look for specialties like tatsoi salad with kohlrabi, celery and broccoli and pasta e fagioli with shrimp sausage and chickpeas, plus heartier fare like roast beef and grilled trout.

80 North 6th St., Brooklyn, 718-210-3152; Lunch served Monday-Friday 11 AM-4 PM

Celery salad at Lalo. 

Fans of this newl California-meets-Mexican spot can pop by at lunch for sandwiches like the Mexican doner with goat, chicken, pineapple and a pickle, or creative salads including the California kasha varnishkas with butter toasted buckwheat, parsley, crimini, onion agrodolce, farfalle and a poached egg. Sip cocktails like a Bloody Mary or the Sierra’s Corner with tequila, hibiscus, orange liqueur and ginger.

104 Bayard St., 646-998-3408, Monday, Wednesday-Friday 11 AM-4 PM

Fowler and Wells
Tucked inside The Beekman in the Financial District, this recently unveiled spot from Tom Colicchio features classic New York fare for lunch. Look for grilled lobster salad with artichokes barigoules and arugula, a Waldorf salad with rabbit, green grapes, Honeycrisp apples, celery and walnuts and chopped steak with mushrooms, blue cheese and watercress.

5 Beekman St., 212-658-1848

Inside Tim Ho Wan

This famed dim sum spot (an export from Hong Kong) officially celebrates its grand opening this week in the East Village, with kitchen service kicking off at 10 AM. Look for signatures like barbecue pork buns, pan fried turnip cakes and steamed egg cakes, and the exclusive-to-NY fried vegetable roll and custard French toast. Lunch is a great time to check out the number of teas offered too.

85 4th Ave.; 212-228-2800; Sunday-Thursday 

Opened last summer, this Korean small plate spot in NoMad debuted lunch in late November. Look for rice bowls made with pork belly, or spicy cod with scallion and seaweed, noodle soups (which comes in a limited quantity each day) as well as small plates of some dinner favorites like the fried chicken and spicy peanut butter or crab tofu with black sesame.

43 East 28th St.; 646-476-7217; Monday-Friday noon-2 PM

Mew Men
This West Village sister spot of Atoboy recently launched lunch including Japanese bento boxes and two special ramen bowls, one with brown rice, mixed greens, tomatoes and mashed avocado with chicken and pork chashu, and another served with deep-fried chicken and homemade pickles.

7 Cornelia St., 212-727-1050; Tuesday-Sunday 11 AM-3 PM

Crispy fish sandwich at Miss Lily's

Miss Lily’s & Melvin’s Juice Box
Sister spots Miss Lily’s and Melvin’s Juice Box have come together under one roof in Soho, and that means the colorful Jamaican spot is now open for lunch. Melvin’s is still slinging fresh juices and smoothies, but Miss Lily’s lunch starts at noon with some favorites. Look for crispy fish sandwiches, a Jamaican patty melt with caramelized onion, gruyère, special sauce on marble rye, and special avocado toast with the tropical fruit ackee and an egg. Beyond the fresh juices from Melvin’s, happy hour starts with lunch too.

132 West Houston St., 646-588-5375; Lunch served Monday-Friday starting at noon

Il Buco Alimentari
Inside the NoHo Italian spot, the new chef’s counter is open for lunch. Look for fresh, Italian dishes ranging from a charred avocado topped with grapefruit, shiso and peperoncino to steak tartare with heart of palm and black truffle, plus an assortment of housemade prosciutto and fresh bread.

53 Great Jones St., 212-837-2622; Lunch at the chef's counter from 11 AM-5 PM