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“A few months ago, the New York Post’s Steve Cuozzo bemoaned the death of the Manhattan power lunch. Gone were the long, decadent afternoons filled with networking and Negronis: “Suit-and-tie-wearing machers in media and Wall Street gave way to ‘influencers’—millennials in Untuckit shirts,” he wrote. The new Masters of the Universe preferred “picking at salads at their desks.”
But if you define the power in “power lunch” more like the power in “power walk”—an activity defined by arm-pumping and joyless, ruthless efficiency—Cuozzo’s wrong. Millennials have that kind of power lunch mastered.
For many young urban professionals in the U.S., the typical mid-day meal involves shoveling in a lightly-dressed salad alone at a desk, or maybe on a curb outside listening to a podcast on double speed. But it’s not because they hate drinking in the middle of the day. It is because they lack the expense accounts, disposable income, and stretchy sense of time that previous generations apparently did. Knowing all this, an entire ecosystem of startups and startup-adjacent food dispensaries has appeared. Together, the companies are working to kill the concept of waiting to eat, and optimize lunch.”
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