Grand Central Station – Gourmet Food Market, Restaurants & Shops

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(Update: On December 9, 2011, Apple opened one of its biggest stores at Grand Central, overlooking the historic main concourse of the terminal (formerly Métrazur, Charlie Palmer’s restaurant, which is now closed).

Grand Central Station is so much more than just a train terminal – the New York City landmark is a fun destination for tourists and locals alike… and definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been there recently.

Who would believe there’s a Gourmet Food Market in the middle of a train station? It’s a fun place to browse and shop for fresh fish, seafood, produce, grilled vegetables, chocolates, specialty coffees, home-made breads, yummy pastries – even Murray’s famous cheeses and salami!

Besides it’s amazing Food Market and Specialty Shops, the massive station houses a huge Food Court and Fun Restaurants and Bars. During one of our many trips to NY (on a blustery, rainy day), we met business associates for lunch at the Food Court. Grand Central is a good central meeting point for people coming into the city (especially if it’s raining or hot and humid outside) – and depending on where you eat, your meal can be relatively inexpensive. If you’re looking for something a bit fancier than the Food Court, head over to one of Grand Central’s upscale restaurants, including Metrazur (Charlie Palmer’s American Brasserie) and Michael Jordan’s The Steakhouse NYC.

Did you know that Grand Central houses a $20 million jewel – in plain sight! Can you guess where the hidden gem is located?

If you’re meeting someone at Grand Central Station, arrange to meet in front of the famous brass clock in the middle of the main concourse (at the Information Booth) – the terminal is so big and this is an easy-to-find meeting point. It’s also a FUN place for people-watching while you wait.

The fastest way to get to Grand Central Station from Times Square is by taking the special Grand Central Shuttle (subway) between Times Square and Grand Central. This is a  good, quick and inexpensive alternative to taking a taxi across town, especially
when it’s raining and hard to hail a cab.

If you have the time, take a Free Guided Tour of Grand Central Station. Public Tours are offered on Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:30pm. Walking Tours are also available.

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