Last Tuesday, I made my way to Times Square in Manhattan. If you haven’t been before, Times Square is the most stimulating place in the Manhattan with the lights, the noise, and the crowds. So, I don’t visit Times Square often, but I found myself there on a very cold afternoon, wanting to stop warm up and get a bite to eat. I ended up walking down Broadway to the CitizenM Hotel Times Square, inside the lobby of this hotel is CanteenM. CanteenM is open 24 hours a day for “grab & go” food and until 2 am for bar service. CanteenM is in the middle of the CitizenM living room, a.k.a. the lobby.
What Makes the CanteenM So Special?
The atmosphere is so laid back in CanteenM and feels almost like a stand-alone café. It is spacious and very much like a posh living room with a library. In the middle of it all, are the barista station and bar. It is a calm oasis in the middle of the chaotic city.
So What Did I End Up Ordering?
The service was excellent there and I felt like I was attended to from the moment I walked in the door. I chose a “grab & go” sandwich from the display and ordered an almond milk hot chocolate. My sandwich; a chicken, roasted pepper, and avocado on a multi-grain loaf, was heated for me and brought to me on a china plate with my hot chocolate to my table. The quiet of the CanteenM made you forget exactly where you were. I was transported into a bookstore where everyone was relaxed and were busy working on their tablets, watching the news or reading the paper. I took my time, with the frenzy outside being so far away. After completely warming up, and being satisfied from my delicious sandwich, I got my plate cleared for me and felt very special. My lunch break left me feeling completely recharged and ready to deal with the crowds of Times Square.
Great Service with Luxurious Surroundings
As I left, the baristas both waved goodbye to top off my stellar service at CanteenM. If you are ever in the neighborhood, don’t think that you need to have a room upstairs to take advantage of the calm of the living room at CitizenM, you could just rest your feet from a day of marathon shopping and try the best almond milk hot chocolate in the neighborhood. CanteenM is located inside the CitizenM Hotel in Times Square, New York at 218 West 50th Street (50th & Broadway).
Have you tried a lunch in luxe hotel without having a room? Where were you? What made the meal special? I want to know where I can go next! Tell me all about it in the comments below and let’s give each the inside scoop.
*This post was a collaborative effort with CitizenM Hotels.
Until our next rendezvous…