Everything you need to know about visiting Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse (89 E 42nd St, NY 10017).
Grand Central Terminal is more than a stop: It’s a destination. Since opening in 1913, this iconic Beaux Arts landmark gets about 750,000 people passing through every single day. Along with servicing Metro North Railroad commuters and connecting to the MTA Subway, this terminal has more platforms than any railroad station in the world (44, to be exact). Over the past two decades, Grand Central Terminal has also emerged as a dining and shopping entity. Apple, Swatch and Warby Parker are a few of the 60-plus shops featuring big-brand names or specialty items. The New York Transit Museum has an annex location there, selling NYC transit–related merchandise and displaying rotating exhibits. As for dining, find 35 restaurants to choose from. For to-go orders or sit-down meals, head to the lower level Dining Concourse. There, savor oysters and catches of the day at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant—in business for as long as Grand Central Terminal has existed—or bear the line at Shake Shack. On the upper level, buy edibles from Grand Central Market or taste some Nordic fare at Great Northern Food Hall.
Take in the architectural splendor
Within the Main Concourse, gaze upward at the massive constellation ceiling. Said to have been put on backward, allegedly the Vanderbilt family (the original owners) claimed it was meant to be viewed from a divine perspective. Also, you can explore the rest of the terminal and learn more about Grand Central through various tours, including a daily guided tour at 12:30pm led by docents trained by The Municipal Art Society of New York.
Test out the Whispering Gallery
Outside the oyster bar, a 2,000-square-foot alcove with a dome ceiling produces an echo effect. The bar’s Guastavino tiles enable voices to bounce from one corner to the corner diagonally opposite. Test it out by having a friend face you in the opposite corner and carry on a conversation.
Go for a drink at The Campbell
This restored establishment—formerly The Campbell Bar—reopened in May 2017. Originally named for John W. Campbell, a Jazz Age financier, The Campbell pours out classic and modern cocktails, spirits, wines and local craft beers, and lunch is served daily at noon.
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