New exhibit explores the history of lunches in NYC

Most people know lunch as the midday meal scarfed down behind a desk or on the way to an important meeting. However, lunch has changed considerably over the years, and this is perhaps nowhere more evident than in the Big Apple. This city has seen lunch evolve greatly in the last century and a half, tracing the contours of dozens of dieting trends and food fads. People who buy one of the homes for sale in New York, NY, and are hungry for lunch history will find their appetite sated by a new exhibit coming to the New York Public Library.

Lunch Hour NYC offers plenty of food for thought and takes guests on a tour of the meal's extensive history in the city. Street food, school lunches, defunct restaurants and Coney Island staples are included in the free exhibit, which runs through February 17, 2013.

"There's something unique to New York, this emphasis on speed and efficiency and getting back to work and making money," Rebecca Federman, the library's culinary librarian, told The Associated Press.

Whether it's learning about the evolution of the business "power" lunch - a term that was coined in the city, according to CBS - or early 20th-century mothers' admonitions against their children eating hot dogs, the exhibit will surely whet your appetite for greater gustatory understanding.