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New Exhibit Serves Up The History Of Lunch In New York City

The 2nd Ave Deli's the Instant Heart Attack Sandwich: It's pastrami on potato pancakes. (credit: 2nd Avenue Deli)

The 2nd Ave Deli’s ‘Instant Heart Attack’ sandwich, consisting of pastrami on potato pancakes. (Credit: 2nd Avenue Deli)

NEW YORK (AP) – An exhibition on the history of lunch in New York City serves up some delicious tidbits.

But you’ll need more time than your lunch hour to see it.

“Lunch Hour NYC” at the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue features artifacts from the library’s vast collection. There are sections on street foods, home lunches, school lunches and Horn & Hardart Automats.

Visitors will learn that before the 1906 Federal Meat Inspection Act, mothers warned their children never to eat hot dogs. The free exhibition also explains that the term “power lunch” was coined in New York in 1979, but powerful businessmen met for them as early as the 1830s. And pastrami was introduced by Jewish Romanian immigrants on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

The show runs through Feb. 17.

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