There are those days when most of us would love to play hooky, to take a break from our regular hum-drum lives and have a little fun. Therese and I recently got into the habit of doing just this – of taking off Monday afternoon, right at the beginning of the work week, to go to an early movie and then have a late lunch. With the AMC Empire 25 movie complex not far from where we live, it is the natural place for us to see a good movie, and with Schnippers just a block south of the movie theater on Eighth Avenue, we thought that might be a good spot for lunch.
In the base of the new NY Times Building, Schnippers has a large brightly-lit dining room and a rather appealing menu of sandwiches and accessories. I had a fish sandwich with fries that was very tasty. The prices, we thought, are a bit high there for what they are selling. But it is a very touristy area, so perhaps things are priced high accordingly. As for the service, considering there were not many customers in the restaurant for lunch, and there seemed to be a bunch of people working there, it seemed strangely hard to get help (as I recall, I was trying to get some mayo for my fries, and it took quite a while to get it). Luckily, there was one woman working there that day who seemed to be the one person who was attentive to the customers and eager to help. Probably the most original and therefore slightly interesting thing in the joint was the napkins which have a connect the dot which, when connected, turns out to be the ubiquitous At Symbol.
Next time we decide to play hooky, we will probably pick somewhere else for our post-movie lunch. There are certainly lots of restaurants in the area to pick from – the base of the Times building itself has several.