If time is tight and you’re shopping at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station, better have an apple in your handbag. Because there’s virtually no place within the mall for a grab-and-go bite. Seems that as the mall expands in some ways, it shrinks in others.
Sbarro, once a personal resource for a quick slice and soda, is outta there. So, too, McDonald’s. And unless you’re willing to walk outside to Panera Bread for a soup-and-sandwich combo, your only quick-fix option is Starbucks.
The “bistro box” I bought there, on a recent weekend afternoon, was a dismal affair made up of weird-tasting tuna salad, crackers, cheese and — by far the best components of the mix — blanched green beans and grape tomatoes. Since there were no tables available near Starbucks, I had to balance everything on my lap while sitting in an easy chair. Not so easy.
Of course, inside the mall itself, you can sit and eat an individual-size pizza or plate of pasta at California Pizza Kitchen. Or order super sushi or a sandwich at Cirella's at Saks Fifth Avenue. Or nab a frozen yogurt or a salad at 59th & Lex Cafe at Bloomie’s. For these places, though, you’ll need to allocate time.
According to mall spokesman Kevin Ryan, there's no food court on the horizon.
Above: A projection of what Walt Whitman Shops will be like when the expansion is completed