Because everyone should have the luxury of grabbing some Pat LaFrieda prepackaged meats and a Mario Batali-blessed meatball sub before hopping on a train to Schenectady or Trenton or wherever it is people go on trains, The Pennsy, a new upscale food hall located at 2 Penn Plaza (where the old Borders used to be) is now open, featuring stalls like Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors (his first brick & mortar location), Mario Batali and Mary Giuliani's Mario by Mary, Marc Forgione’s Lobster Press, and concepts from The Little Beet and popular food truck The Cinnamon Snail.
We took a peek inside this 8,000sqft wonder, to show you what you’re in for. Enjoy your trip to Schenectady!!
The 8,000sqft space features ample tables and chairs to house Pat LaFrieda steak sandwiches at if you opt out of taking them to-go (but like, don't you really want to brag about that filet mignon on the train?). There are also sofas and an outdoor patio for when it's warm out, as well as a rentable second floor event space.
Top Chef Masters' Chef Franklin Becker's gluten-free, veggie-centered The Little Beet offers a number of healthy bowls and rolls (burrito-like sushi rolls, which there will never be enough of in the world).
Chef Marc Forgione's Lobster Press stall is offering on-the-go lobster delights such as a lobster press and lobster salad (see below).
The Lobster Press: a pressed lobster panini served with a side of chili lobster dipping sauce.
Lobster salad: fresh lobster and vegetables, seasonal greens, and sorghum.
Beloved vegan food truck, The Cinnamon Snail is offering specialties like this Gochujang burger with pickled red onions, sautéed kimchi, arugula, black sesame gomasio, and Sriracha mayo on a grilled pretzel bun.
Also on the menu at the Cinnamon Snail are open-faced seitan sandwiches (the lemongrass five spice is pictured above), as well as tempeh sandwiches, bowls, and desserts.