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Taste of the Terminal returns with free treats at Grand Central

By Tolly Wright
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What do New Yorkers love more than good food? That’s easy: Free stuff. The fourth annual Taste of the Terminal at Grand Central blends both together in perfect foodie bliss. Throughout April, Mondays will become commuters' favorite day of the week, as the terminal’s eateries and shops give out free samples, and special offers and live music come to Vanderbilt Hall. The festivities take place from 11am–2pm and again from 4pm–7pm. The musical performances are part of Music Under New York, the MTA's arts organization that's responsible for the 350 fantastic, multicultural  performers and bands that provide the tunes in NYC subway stations (you know, the music that makes you actually want to stop in the middle of your mad-dash to get where you’re going). If you want to get in on the free action, here’s when you should conveniently schedule a trip on MetroNorth, or take an extended lunch from your midtown office:

April 4

11am-2pm

The free samples:

-Four different flavors of ice cream and sorbet from Jacques Torres
-Fresh brewed coffee from Oren’s Daily Roast
-Fashion jewelry from Tia’s Place
-Food samples from Tri Tip Steak

 The music: Jazz and pop keyboardist and vocalist Galdort Gumbo

4pm-7pm

The free samples:

-Singapore noodles from Feng Shui
-Personal fragrance samples from Diptyque
-Assorted cheese crackers and jams from Murray’s Cheese
-Mini black & white cookies and rugelach from Zaro’s Family Bakery

The music: Latin fusion guitars from Inti & the Moon

April 11

11am-2pm

The free samples:

-Personal shaving products from The Art of the Shaving
-Freshly brewed coffee from Café Grumpy
-Salami & provolone, prosciutto & parmigiano reggiano, Ceriello Dressing and Ceriello Sauce from Ceriello Fine Foods
-Flavored popcorn and olive oil from O&Co 

The music: Classical and pop clarinet quartet Utopia Winds 

4pm-7pm

The free samples:

-Masala Corn from Café Spice
-Assorted chocolates from Li-Lac Chocolates
-Pocket notebooks from Moleskin
-Assorted cheese crackers and jams from Murray’s Cheese

 The Music: Rob Anderson Jazz Trio

April 18

11am-2pm

The free samples:

-Choose from four different flavors of ice cream and sorbet from Jacques Torres
-Fresh brewed coffee from Oren’s Daily Roast
-Fashion jewelry from Tia’s Place
-Mini black & white cookies and rugelach from Zaro’s Family Bakery

The music: Latin rumba guitar duo Gimagua

4pm-7pm

The free samples:

-Salami & provolone, prosciutto & parmigiano reggiano, Ceriello Dressing and Ceriello Sauce from Ceriello Fine Foods
-Singapore noodles from Feng Shui
-Personal fragrance samples from Diptyque
-Pralines from Neuhaus Belgian Chocolate 

The music: Jazz/funk trio Yaz Band

April 25

11am-2pm

The free samples:

-Juices and smoothies from Juice Press
-Pralines from Neuhaus Belgian Chocolate
-Flavored popcorn and olive oil from O&Co
-Cozies, metrocard pass holders, branded sunglasses from Vineyard Vines

The music: Cajun cellist Sean Grissom

4pm-7pm

The free samples:

-Personal shaving products from The Art of the Shaving
-Masala Corn from Café Spice
-Juices and smoothies from Juice Press
-Assorted chocolates from Li-Lac Chocolates

The music: African beat trio Salieu Suso & Jaliya Kafo Ensemble.

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