Your guide to where to grab a coffee, find a quick meal or have a nice dinner near the UN Headquarters


If you’re at the UN General Assembly, odds are that you need somewhere to caffeinate before a full day of meetings, a spot to grab a quick lunch and a good go-to restaurant for a nice meal with your peers. Our team has pulled together a few of our favorite spots near the UN Headquarters to help you navigate the busy New York City streets.

Where to Grab a Coffee

805 3rd Ave (between 49th and 50th)

A chain of Australian cafes in Manhattan, Bluestone Lane is a great option for a latte made with either coffee, tumeric, matcha or even beet. They also have healthy breakfast or lunch options like avocado toast, banana bread, almond oatmeal or beetroot hummus toast.


Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm, Sat-Sun: Closed

800 2nd Ave (between 42nd and 43rd)

Ground Central serves great coffee in a cozy atmosphere in Midtown. If Bluestone Lane seems a little too wholesome for you, this is a great spot for an unpretentious coffee, straight-forward sandwich and recognizable pastry. 


Mon-Fri: 6:30am-7pm, Sat-Sun: 7am-5pm

305 E 45th (between 1st and 2nd Ave)

A modern, airy coffee shop with a great selection of pastries


Mon-Fri: 7am-6pm, Sat-Sun: 8am-2pm

Where to Get a Quick Lunch

817 2nd Ave (between 43rd and 44th)

If you need a quick bite and want good servings of grains, protein and flavorful add-ons, Mighty Bowl is an easy pick for Asian fusion bowls.


Mon-Fri: 11am-9pm, Sat-Sun: Closed

155 E 42nd St (between Lexington and 3rd Ave)

Looking for a healthy option? With loads of choices and a decent amount of seating, Mulberry & Vine won’t disappoint if your criteria are fast and healthy.


Mon-Thurs: 11am-9pm, Fri: 11am-8pm, Sat-Sun: Closed

688 3rd Ave (between 43rd and 44th)

For mediterranean salads, bowls or wraps,, NAYA is an easy pick by Grand Central and only a few blocks from the UN. Should be a fast option for those looking for something to eat in a time crunch. 


Mon-Fri: 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun: Closed

216 E 45th St (between 2nd and 3rd Ave)

We’ve been told that Pickler & Co. has “the best sandwiches in Midtown,” and we don’t doubt it. They have a great selection of large sandwiches, including classic reuben and pastrami, and sandwiches come with 2 pickles on the side. A great choice for a classic NY deli lunch.

Mon-Thurs: 7am-7pm, Friday: 7am-4pm, Sat: Closed, Sun: 11am-3pm.

805 3rd Ave (between 49th and 50th)

When you need a sandwich, a smoothie or anything else, stop in at The Picnic Basket. Their diverse menu includes a variety of sandwiches, salads and sides and a great selection of vegetarian and gluten-free options. For the early birds out there, they have great breakfast options from 8-11am.

Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm, Sat-Sun: Closed

Where to Have a Nice Dinner

89 E 42nd St (between Lexington and Park)

Agern is a great spot to impress out-of-towners, with great upscale, seasonal dinner options. This restaurant from Icelandic chef Gunnar Gíslason is located inside of picturesque Grand Central Terminal, and it takes reservations.

While dinner entrees are between $25 to $35 and a dinner tasting runs about $145, you can also check out the lunch prix-fixe options for $35 or $45 for two or three courses.  Be aware: the restaurant is closed on Sundays. 


Mon-Fri: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-10pm: Sat: 5:30-10pm; Sun: Closed

956 2nd Ave (between 51st and 52nd)

An upscale but slightly more casual option for dinner, The Smith serves composed, crowd-pleasing options in a cavernous, airy space. With American classics like a cheeseburger to roasted fish dishes and kale salads, The Smith should definitely be in your rotation for dinner options.


Mon-Thurs: 7:30am-12am, Fri: 7:30am-1am, Sat: 9am-1am, Sun: 9am-12am

155 E 42nd St (between Lexington and 3rd)

This is your classic steakhouse that serves quality, high-end food. An institution in the Northeast, The Capitol Grille would be a great option for a night out with people you’re looking to impress. 


Mon: 11:30am-10pm, Tues-Fri: 11:30-11pm, Sat: 5-11pm, Sun: 5-10pm