There's nothing fun about working over on the far west side of 34th Street. The wind whips off the water creating a frozen wind tunnel in the winter, the sidewalks are constantly jammed with tourists trying to find Macy's and the food scene is virtually nonexistent. Enter The Pennsy; a brand new food hall hoping to change the landscape of this awful zone.
I didn't have high hopes when two of the six lights were already burned out when I walked up opening day. However once inside the big airy space that used to hold Borders was actually quite clean and welcoming with tons of exciting new lunch options.
Pat LaFrieda was churning out all kinds of sandwiches; Meatball, Turkey and Steak to name a few along with more veggie friendly items like warm Polenta Fries with Parmesan cheese and Romaine Cesar Salad.
So the wind is still terrible on my walk and the crowds of tourists make me grit my teeth daily but at least the food scene has started to be looking up thanks to The Pennsy.
2 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10121