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The Campbell

Bars, Cocktail bars Midtown East
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Photograph: Filip WolakJohn Campbell's Martini at the Campbell
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Photograph: Filip WolakCoffee Old Fashioned at the Campbell
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Photograph: Filip WolakGrand Central Spritz at the Campbell

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Like many rich and, ahem, mature New Yorkers, the Campbell Apartment inside Grand Central Terminal has had a little work done. After a change of hands and a brief shutdown in July 2016, Gerber Group (Mr. Purple) reopened the historic bar with more seating, a relaxed dress code and a streamlined moniker. And just like the most expensive plastic surgeries, the best features are preserved: The landmark space still sports its wooden, hand-painted ceilings, oversize stone fireplace and leaded-glass windows. But through the nips and tucks, some of its distinctive old-world charm has worn off. On a recent Wednesday night, the service lagged, the enchanting swing music markedly gave way to Adele, and drinks ranged from decent to forgettable. Some things are best left in the past, but the new Campbell makes us yearn for the old.

ORDER THIS: The pricey cocktail list—nothing dips below $18—harkens back to classics and adds some modern riffs. The coffee demerara in the java-laced old-fashioned ($18) sweetens heady Suntory Whisky Toki and a mix of Regans’ and Angostura bitters, sans an espresso kick. Conversely, the classic Negroni ($18) is extra bitter, thanks to the dry red vermouth added to Campari and Bombay Sapphire gin.

GOOD FOR: Your history-buff friend from out of town. The soaring space has worn many hats throughout the years, starting as an office and entertainment hall for financier John W. Campbell from the 1920s through the ’50s, then turning into a police station, jail and gun storage before being converted into a bar in 1999. Postdrinks, you can take a walk around Grand Central for more storied New York views.

THE CLINCHER: Gerber Group expanded the space to three distinct rooms: The Campbell is the main area, while the Palm Court is a sunnier, more platonic antechamber with bordering palm trees, and the Terrace is an outdoor extension hunkered at the base of Grand Central that looks out onto Vanderbilt Avenue. Overall, it’s a nice face-lift, but we miss some of the old soul.

Details

Address: Grand Central Terminal
15 Vanderbilt Ave
New York
10017
Cross street: at 43rd St
Price: Average drink: $18
Contact:
Opening hours: Daily noon–2am
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Users say (3)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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tastemaker

Quite a memorable speakeasy tucked away in Grand Central Station- the Campbell is worth a visit for a classy date, a little celebration or just a night out with a twist. Booking is highly recommended as the venue tends to get quite busy especially on weekend nights. Once inside you’ll discover the same glamour of the station with the added cherry on top in the form of fine cocktails, dim lights and a flirty vibe that will get you in the mood for the weekend.

tastemaker

I loved the sexy yet mysterious atmosphere! This is a must stop while you are on a girls night out or just a fancy date. The bar offers not only very authentic drinks but an amazing cheese plate/ enough to share and to make your stay even more memorable! This bar deserves a small black dress... that's what you can expect, the unexpected. It is in my opinion a very flirtatious spot. The lighting, the service, the overlooking balcony make it a five star bar right above grand central terminal! An amazing night awaits for you.


Want to feel like you have traveled back in time? This is the place to go, hidden in Grand Central Station The Campbell Apartment is where you go to have delicious drinks like the Prohibition Punch which is topped with some nice Moet Champagne. My favorite drink is the Flappers Delight (you can thank me later). Grab your girls or your hunny and make this a cute New York night out. The prices are not bad because they do not hold back on the alcohol, I will definitely be going back. @Franchesca S