You deserve more than the same old #SadDeskLunch every day. The next time you see a glorious block of unclaimed space in your Outlook calendar, take advantage and get outside. Bryant Park is just sitting there, waiting for you to bask in its midtown marvelousness!
EAT: Enjoy a Proper Sit-Down Lunch at L’Addresse
You won’t be rushed, you won’t be uncomfortable, and you won’t have to wait in any lines at this classy but totally unintimidating American bistro. Get a classic Caesar salad, a side of truffle fries, and—because you’re worth it—a glass of Côtes du Rhône. 1065 Sixth Avenue (between West 40th and 41st Streets)
SHOP: Browse the Books (and Stationary Goods!) at Kinokuniya
This Japanese bookshop is infinitely browsable—especially if you’re into Japanese manga or adorably tiny office supplies shaped like cats (and who isn’t?). The café on the second floor has a decent selection of packaged sushi combos, onigiri, Japanese baked goods, and matcha tea—perfect for a post-lunch dessert in front of the café’s giant, park-facing picture window. 1073 Sixth Avenue (between West 40th and 41st Streets)
DO: Relax in Bryant Park
Play a round of ping-pong or a friendly game of chess; stop by the Art Cart to make a craft (why not?); or just sit on the lawn to people-watch and enjoy the sun. Who knows, maybe you’ll even go back to the office with the start of a tan from your mini midtown vacation. Between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues