A new gourmet food court called The Pennsy is shaking up the dining desert that is Herald Square by offering fast-casual, chef-driven fare. Situated atop a bustling train terminal and beside Madison Square Garden, the casual 8,000-sq.-ft. space brings the best and brightest of New York's culinary scene to commuters, happy hour goers and sports fans — think Marc Forgione, Pat LaFrieda, Mario Batali and The Little Beet. And, of course, a bar. Below is a look at the options you can expect at the newly opened multi-vendor concept.
Based on the success of Marc Forgione's celebrated chili lobster dish at his eponymous eatery — and in partnership with lobster purveyor Homarus — comes the Lobster Press, centered around a lobster sandwich that's served hot and paired with a side of chili lobster dipping sauce. Also on the menu will be a gluten-free lobster salad, coconut lobster bisque and a daily special sandwich.
Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors
Renowned butcher Pat LaFrieda will sell his famous pre-packaged meats — including his burger blends— for the first time ever, along with made-to-order signature sandwiches (filet mignon, meatball subs and grilled chicken with broccoli rabe, mozzarella and Calabrian chili aioli).
Mario by Mary
This new Italian concept opens its first location with chef Mario Batali, in partnership with caterer-to-the-stars and author Mary Giuliani. Think of it as an innovative Italian sandwich and soup shop. The "When Mario Met Mary" melds fontina with black truffle and honey for a knockout grilled cheese, and then there's the L'angelo e il Diavolo sandwich: grilled lardo, gorgonzola and mortadella.
The Little Beet
Top Chef Masters star Franklin Becker brings veggie-focused, gluten-free dining from the Little Beet (shown above). Think: a seasonally changing menu including dishes like the Little Beet bowl with beets, quinoa, arugula, goat cheese, chicken and sherry shallot dressing.
The Cinnamon Snail
The renown vegan food truck (since retired) will open their first brick-and-mortar location serving vegan specialties. What are we excited for? A lemongrass five spice seitan sandwich with curried cashews, arugula, Sichuan chili sauce and wasabi mayonnaise on a grilled baguette.