Inspired perhaps by the New York Public Librarys Lunch Hour NYC exhibit (or maybe just a love of turkey club sandwiches and iceberg lettuce), the folks at midtowns Maloney & Porcelli will unveil a fifties-style soda fountain and luncheonette on the restaurants third floor next week. Among chefs Craig Koketsu and James Jermyns updated offerings: two takes on chopped steak, three on the iceberg-wedge salad, banana-cream-pie ice cream, and an oysters Rockefeller poboy. A bona fide soda jerk presides over a ten-seat counter; the rest of the lunch crowd can get their blood-orange-creamsicle sodas tableside from the guy pushing the AvroKO-designed beverage cart.
The Skylight Shoppe at Maloney & Porcelli, 37 E. 50th St., nr. Madison Ave., third fl.; 212-750-0100
*This article originally appeared in the January 14, 2013 issue of New York Magazine.