This is one of my favorite spots for lunch. You can grab a salad/sandwich/soup/burger etc and a homemade lemonade for less than $10. Walk inside towards the fancy restaurant and through to the other side and you’ll find a quiet little atrium that is still outdoors, but has the view through the fancy restaurant out to the lake. Leave the front outdoor seating for the tourists (suckers 😉
I especially love the veggie chili- and ask them for a baguette with some butter for a buck- it’s worth it. Since I’m in Central Park M,W,F for boot camp anyway, it makes for the perfect lunch stop afterward. See ya there!