Upcoming lunch options at the ESP: Bombers, Kuma Ani, The Dutch Pot

Empire State Plaza concourse with artComing to the Empire State Plaza main cafeteria in September: Bombers, Kuma Ani, and The Dutch Pot.

The state's Office of General Services, which manages the plaza, officially announced the upcoming additions Tuesday. Press release blurbage:

Bombers Burrito Bar Hours: Monday - Friday 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Locally owned since 1997, Bombers will serve its signature burritos, bowls, tacos and salads.  Favorites including ancho chili chicken, southern fried catfish, "Red Stripe" jerk pork, quinoa bowls, buffalo chicken salad and more.
Kuma Ani Express  Hours: Monday - Friday 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Kuma Ani burst on to the Albany sushi scene in 2015 and has earned a stellar reputation infusing authentic Japanese dishes with Western culinary techniques. Tuna, salmon, yellowtail, seaweed co‐mingle with, Spanish mackerel, king salmon, madai, rice paper, lobster, soy paper and more for sushi, salads, Shumai, miso soup and more.
The Dutch Pot  Hours: Monday - Friday 10:30 a.m. - 2:30p.m.     A favorite of Lark Street area residents, customers will enjoy fresh Jamaican delights including coconut shrimp salad, jerk chicken wraps, curried goat, rice & beans, plantains and homemade pastry

Kuma Ani is at 287 New Scotland Avenue in Albany's Helderberg neighborhood. The Dutch Pot is at 418 Madison Ave, just east of Delaware/Lark, in Albany. And Bombers, well, you know where the Bombers locations are.

Earlier on AOA: Eat This: Oxtail at the Dutch Pot (2013)

Comments

State workers of the Plaza rejoice! This is very very very good news, as there are slim pickings on the Concourse.

That's a good selection of cuisine. These foods will be delicious.

This is great! I wish there were one place that would open museum hours, though.

I'll second what Jason said. I live just up the street from the Museum so I won't starve there if nothing's open.

But I can't tell you how many times I've been there on weekends and chatted with visitors who are really dismayed that there are no restaurants open in the Plaza complex itself on weekends. A lot of them would like to take a break from the museum, stay at the Plaza to have a snack, a cup of coffee, or light meal, and go back to looking at the exhibits without having to go all the way up to Lark Street or further.

Paula, I've experienced the same frustration in the Plaza on weekends. But when I think about it, one of the main problems with ESP is that for most of the time it's active, it discourages people inside from interacting with and supporting local businesses. On balance, it's probably worth the frustration for visitors to leave and support the city itself. (Though I fully admit the temptation of munching some BBQ tofu fries without leaving the warmth of the museum on a cold winter Sunday is powerful...)

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