20 Leisurely Weekday Lunch Spots Perfect for Lingering

There’s something luxurious about going out for a decadent weekday lunch: It can stretch on for hours, feels far more indulgent than a fast-casual salad eaten desk-side, and maybe involves a drink or two. Or dessert, at least. A leisurely lunch in the middle of the week might occur on a well-deserved day off (or “sick day”), for a lavish birthday meal, or, simply, to try a much-touted, no-reservations place that gets so damn packed at dinnertime. Another advantage is that some revered tasting menu-centric restaurants offer lunch at a relative discount. Whatever the occasion, the 20 places ahead span the gamut in terms of cuisine, price, and appeal for worthy destinations for a memorable Wednesday afternoon feast.


The Wall Street steakhouse in members-only India House on Hanover Square has been around since 1972, opened by Harry and Adrienne Poulakakos and, since 2006, run by their son, Peter Poulakakos. While it’s still populated by suits having brisk power lunches, it’s a downtown institution with a handsome, clubby feel and very attentive service, and a recent renovation has kept it up with the times. Try one of the steaks on offer or the steak tartare, which is mixed tableside.

Ryan CrownEater