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Essen 40th Street Appreciation Post

When you’re on the job in Midtown Manhattan, it can be tough to establish what I refer to as “economical eating options.” That is, you want to get the most bang for your buck; you want to spend as little money as you can for as much nutrition as possible. I know this because I usually hit a “wall of exhaustion” at around 2pm. That feeling can be easily dispelled when I get some sustenance. However, my wallet doesn’t always like the sustenance I wind up getting.

Let’s face it: most everything in NYC is on the pricey side.

However, today I would like to recommend a place I found that isn’t perfect but seems to offer a nice balance between frugality and food. And it is conveniently located near Bryant Park, Grand Central Station, and the big Schwarzman Library…not to mention a lot of shops and office spaces.

Essen 40th Street is a high-ceiling, roomy cafe that offers a wide variety of edibles from soups to salad bowls to sushi. You can get your meal made right in front of you, buy a packaged product, or indulge in one of the big hot/cold buffets. The reason I think it has good “eating economics” is because the portion sizes are actually proportionate to what you’re paying (in most cases).

The eatery also offers free Wi-Fi to its guests and has a nice seating level at the top of a small staircase. I still may not know what artisan means, but if it has anything to do with good food and sunny atmospheres, count me in.

This Essen (“FAST SLOW FOOD”) location is on Madison Ave between 40th and 41st streets.

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