Even though the Fashion Week crowds hardly have a moment to spare, much less eat, in between shows, Bon Appétit opened its pop-up cafe at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday to tempt them. The publication assembled a cracker-jack team of chefs like Mario Batali, Rick Bayless, and Bill Telepan to create a menu of grab-and-go dishes. The result improves upon the average snack bar.
The cafe opens for breakfast and lunch (9 A.M. to 3 P.M.), and evening drinks when it transforms into a "wine bar" (5 P.M. to 9 P.M.), and the powers-that-be brand each dish with a celebrity chef. It's not tomato soup with grilled cheese ($6.50), it's Cat Cora's. Heels too high to trek six blocks south to Marea? Grab Chef White's open-faced tuna sandwich here ($10).
Pastry chefs including Milk Bar's Christina Tosi and Le Bernardin's Michael Laiskonis do double duty for breakfast, when you can order Tosi's cream-cheese filled bagel bomb ($5) or Laiskonis' much daintier blueberry financier ($3), or later, choose from a range of their cookies and truffles for dessert.
While everything is pre-packaged (except for Laurent Tourondel's freshly-scooped $13.50 lobster roll), the turnover rate is high enough to keep up quality. The cafe runs at Lincoln Center through this Thursday. See the full menu below.