You may remember me saying that the thought of eating at a food court makes me queasy, but the idea of a food court is still something I love. Why? The food court was the setting for almost every crappy American teen movie I saw when I was growing up in Japan, so it made sense that in my young mind, the food court was THE place to be. As an adult, the food court still has its appeal, but surely we can do better than Sbarro and Hot Dog on a Stick, can’t we? Yes! FoodParc in New York City is as close to a traditional food court as possible, save for a 21st century twist unrelated to food. But first things first…how is the food? It’s not overly gourmet (read: expensive) as Eataly or Food Hall, but that they offer non-chain fast food makes all the difference.
FoodParc serves up the usual suspects: burgers, pizzas, Asian food, cup cakes, coffee and even beer. So why is this better than what’s found at your local mall? One word: Quality. How much would you pay for delicious food that doesn’t leave your fingers with that greasy, barbecue restaurant feeling? Instead of a reheated corn dog, FoodParc lets you opt for a tasty treat like grilled salmon with rice noodles. But surely every food court offers variety, right? What sets this place apart? Just look around (and don’t call me Shirley).
It’s the future…or is it? That FoodParc was designed by a conceptual artist for Hollywood movies like Blade Runner, Aliens, and Mission: Impossible III, means it’s pretty likely that the phrase ‘out of this world’ will be overheard describing more than just the food. For a Japanese girl who grew up dreaming in Hollywood, eating at FoodParc felt as if I had just arrived on set. But don’t take my word for it. Watch for yourself, as even the most jaded New Yorker is taken aback at the scenery.
In the future, will we have to suffer through long waits on line for food? Not if FoodParc has anything to say about it. In the digital age, ordering from a cashier is just so passe. At FoodParc, orders are placed via computer, and payments made by credit card. When your order is ready, you’re notified by text message. With food of this quality, I suggest upgrading to the unlimited plan, as you’ll probably become a regular.
The future may only be just around the corner, but FoodParc is a few blocks further. But if you’re looking for a unique place to catch up with friends without putting up with those annoying teenagers hanging out at the mall’s food court, FoodParc is definitely worth a visit.