Grand Central Terminal is a terminal station at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. Built by and named for the New York Central Railroad in the heyday of American long-distance passenger trains, it is the largest train station in the world by number of platforms. It has become a midtown destination for five exquisite restaurants and cocktail lounges, 20 casual international eateries in the lower level Dining Concourse, gourmet foods from the Grand Central Market and the 50 unique specialty shops throughout the concourses, all in addition to transportation.
Grand Central has also transformed itself into a venue for ongoing public events. Throughout the year, Vanderbilt Hall, the Terminal’s 12,000 square foot former Main Waiting Room, is the site for ongoing free promotions and entertainment ranging from tennis exhibits to the annual Holiday Fair which brings 72 craftsmen, artisans and international importers to the Terminal selling an outstanding array of merchandise for holiday gifts.
Retail Shops, Restaurants and Grand Central Market – Facing north, to your right is the East side of the Terminal where you will see Charlie Palmer’s Métrazur restaurant on the balcony. Head that way for all the wonderful retail shops in the 42nd Street, Lexington and Graybar Passages (look on the marble archways and you will see these passages are identified). Also on the east side is the Grand Central Market, New York’s European-style food hall. There are countless options for food, be it a snack, a complete meal, or something delicious to take home from the Grand Central Market. Once again facing the information booth, to your left is the West side of the Terminal. On the balcony you will find Cipriani Dolci and Michael Jordan?s The Steak House N.Y.C. Directly below them you are all the retail shops of the Shuttle and Biltmore Passages, including the New York Transit Museum Shop and Gallery.
From the Main Concourse, you can enjoy the lower level Dining Concourse by taking the stairs or escalators on either the east or west sides. For a much more scenic view, take either of the ramps found in the Shuttle or 42nd Street Passages. As you descend, you will find the world-famous Oyster Bar and Restaurant, which has been in operation as long as Grand Central has been open.
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