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Walt Whitman Shops have nothing fast to eat

An artist’s rendering shows a proposed 68,000-square-foot addition

An artist’s rendering shows a proposed 68,000-square-foot addition to the Walt Whitman mall in South Huntington. Simon Property Group is seeking $3 million in tax breaks for the project. Credit: Handout

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


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