In 2001, I was in New York to meet with my editor at Basic Books, to talk about the 2002 publication of How Much is Enough? She asked if we could go across the street for soup and sandwich, or did I want a Real New York Lunch? As a new author wanting to be agreeable, I said the soup and sandwich would be fine. In truth it was fine. Talking as an author about the publication of my book was so thrilling the food hardly mattered. Peanut butter and jelly would have been fine.
I stopped for lunch in Bowery on my way back, knowing that we were having early dinner at Sardi’s. I ordered a salad nicoise, and a chilled Sancerre — quite tasty both. At $62.10 with tax and tip, I think it qualified as a Real New York Lunch.