Lately, the main things I need for a group lunch are minimal arguing about where to go, a well-ventilated dining environment and efficient service. The Assembly Food Hall at Fifth + Broad ticks all those boxes and more. In addition to some cookie-cutter corporate concepts offering chicken, tacos and cheesesteaks, there are plenty of beloved outposts of some of your favorite local restaurants to pick from. Your friend who claims he doesn’t like Asian food can skip Thai Esane or Steamboys while you nosh on noodles. Let them stand in the long lines at Prince’s or The Pharmacy Burger while you enjoy dessert from Hattie Jane’s Creamery or Coco’s. There’s a little something for everyone.

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