The subway is probably the last place you’d think of going if you were looking for a great meal or killer shopping. Unless, you were taking it to a restaurant or store. But in a few weeks, a night out in Midtown may become more about the journey than the destination.
Twenty small restaurants and 19 shops and stores are opening in the Columbus Circle station on April 19. Dubbed “TurnStyle,” the subterranean shopping mall and food court will be the first major privatization of the New York subway system. It's located in the 325-foot-long passageway that runs between Eighth Avenue and 57th Street to the A, B, C, D and 1 trains at 59th St-Columbus Circle.
Among the tenants set to open in the new space, which doesn't require a MetroCard to enter, are Blossom du Jour, Dylan's Candy Bar, By Suzette, FIKA, Ellary's Greens, Pressed Juicery and the Asian restaurant Yong Kang Street. The thoroughfare features white steel columns, windows in the ceiling and glass storefronts on either side.
And, best of all, getting to them is a pretty easy commute.