As promised, today celebrity chef food court The Pennsy opened in the old Borders Penn Station space. Marc Forgione is serving lobster sandwiches, bisque, and salads. Franklin Becker's The Little Beet is offering gluten-free bowls, rolls, and lunch boxes. Pat LaFrieda is selling steak sandwiches and meatball subs. The Cinnamon Snail team's menu includes barbecue tempeh sandwiches, veggie burgers, and bowls. And Mario Batali and Mary Giuliani put together a menu of Italian pressed sandwiches and seasonal soups at their stall Mario By Mary. The Pennsy also features a full bar, and it's open till 11 p.m daily.
An Eater reader named Alison files her first impressions:
First day, so good. A lot of the new food halls don't anticipate the "rush" but felt that Pennsy was prepared, thus ensuring it was a non-chaotic and enjoyable lunch experience. When reading the menu online, I was more excited by the food than I was in the moment, but that could be the newness of the options. Think it's a good work in progress. I shudder to think of what it will be like in the summer.
And another reader named Mike uploaded a bunch of of pics with notes on The Pennsy's Yelp page. If you happen to stop by this week, let us know what you think.