Poets & Writers

Monday 1:00 PM

■ Granny’s chopped salad: romaine, cucumber, avocado, tomato, feta, smoked salmon
■ Smoked tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich
■ Nishi Sencha tea, filter coffee

I WAS warned that Taylor Street Baristas would be loud, and as I make my way through Grand Central Terminal and walk two blocks south on Park Avenue to the specialty coffee shop and café, I take Emily Forland’s advice to hope for the best and expect the worst. Unfortunately, my fears are realized when I walk in the door. I believe is the word. So many people talking so close to one another (the Midwesterner in me will never get used to tables positioned this close) that I worry I won’t be able to hear my lunch companion, Marya Spence, an agent at Janklow & Nesbit. As I wait for her at a corner table in the second-floor dining room, music is added to the din. I would be annoyed if not for the playlist (sweet

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