Atrium Cafe

By noon the Atrium Cafe in the Museum of Natural History is packed with crowds of jostling tourists and curious kids. It can be a seriously overstimulating space as you wait in line to grab a tray drenched in what you can only hope is water. The best thing on the menu is the moderately seasoned salmon—but we wouldn't recommend it because you can get much better food around the city for $40, and you won't have to eat it in a plastic chair.

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