This Is What Wall Street Eats for Lunch

Around the World | By #Foodiez news Created Sep 29, 2015

Goldman Sachs

Many of Wall Street's biggest banks have revamped their dining facilities in recent years, adding copious amounts of salad and partnering with local businesses to provide a smorgasbord of organic offerings. Goldman's office complex on the edge of the Hudson River is no exception, opened in 2009, it boasts three Danny Meyer restaurants plus an in-house cafeteria.


The firm makes it easier for employees to be healthy with color-coded tongs. Green means take as much as you want, yellow means be a bit more careful, and red means take sparingly. Goldman also takes part in a Workplace Community-Supported Agriculture program in which employees can purchase produce from a local farm. Some of the food in the cafeteria also comes from local farmers. 


Goldman employees can opt for a not-so-healthy option with an assortment of pizza. Other popular stations included sushi, paninis, Just Salad, grilled options, and a hot buffet with rotating themes. The bank also teams with local restaurants, chefs, and small businesses to bring in new food.


Fruit is one of the first things you see when entering the dining hall. It's open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time and offers a variety of options for breakfast, including made-to-order omelettes and yogurt. Goldman employees have to pay for their food but receive a discount if they buy during off-peak hours.


Morgan Stanley

Recently renovated, Morgan Stanley's new dining hall at its offices close to Times Square opened in December 2013. It now seats a bit more than 200 people. 


The bank wanted an open space that allows employees to move through the different food stations. Pictured is one station offering an assortment of pasta, bread, salads, and more. There is also a sushi station, premade desserts, custom sandwiches, a juicing station, and coffee created by Starbucks-trained employees.


The salad station is one of the most popular offerings in the dining hall, alongside its juicing and sushi stations. The cafeteria is also open for breakfast, which offers omelettes, bacon, fruit, yogurt, and more. Morgan Stanley employees who are short on time can also preorder their food online and schedule a pickup. 



The New York Stock Exchange remodeled its in-house dining facility earlier this year, aiming for a more open space with lots of natural light.


There is always a selection of fresh fruit, soda, and coffee. While it doesn't offer full meals like many of the banks, the food here is free. 


Employees have access to free snack items such as oatmeal, fruit, trail mix, and granola bars. Cashews are one of the employee favorites. 


Societe Generale

Turns out salads are a popular choice among bankers. Here's one of two salad bars at French investment bank Société Générale. Employees can grab food on two separate floors, one of them next to the trading floor to serve employees who might find it tough to get away from their desks on busy days. 


SocGen moved into its new building near New York's Grand Central station two years ago and renovated the new space, including the dining facilities. At the cafetaria on the trading floor is a tossed salad station, sandwiches, beverages, and more. 


The day Bloomberg visited, SocGen's dining hall was offering fare from a popular Mexican restaurant. Other options include pasta, Chinese, and custom wraps.


SocGen's client dining rooms are used multiple times a day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here is a larger room featuring lots of natural light and gorgeous decor.



Nasdaq has a pantry for employees at its location downtown, but coffee and tea are available at the more recognizable site near Times Square as well. It was remodeled in 2014, and this dining space fits roughly 200 people.


Nasdaq's events area can be transformed when hosting events, including initial public offerings. When the fried chicken chain Bojangles went public earlier this year, it was able to work with the catering company to bring in its own food. Companies can choose everything from the menu offerings to the tablecloths. 


BNP Paribas

French investment bank BNP Paribas has a number of rooms available for client meetings at its New York offices in Midtown, with seating arrangements that can sit four to 40 people.


Here is one of the two larger rooms where the bank can entertain clients and hold meetings.


BNP Paribas's executive chef says she buys a majority of her produce from local vendors, including those at the Union Square Farmers Market. She prepares a number of breakfasts and lunches each day and spends her afternoons creating the next day's menu. 



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