Our 10 Best and Cheapest Grand Central Terminal Eats

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Dive into the comparative culinary wonderland!


For two railroad terminals only two-thirds of a mile apart as the crow flies, the chow couldn't be more different. Penn Station is awash in cheesy fast food, and the rancid smell fills your nostrils as you run for the train. By contrast, the culinary offerings of Grand Central Terminal are much more effete -- but scarcely more expensive.

In fact, you could treat Grand Central as a culinary destination, as well as an architectural one. While Penn Station has 58 dining opportunities on two levels, Grand Central has 44 on three levels, most in the Grand Central Market area -- where the stalls are prohibited from serving hot food, but have plenty of room-temperature offerings -- or on the lower level, referred to rather hilariously as the "Dining Concourse."

Still, in our days of pacing the terminal, we treated the experience of dining there as if we were in a bit of a hurry, as commuters often are. Indeed, you could spend hours in the restaurants Métrazur and Michael Jordan's The Steak House, but we ignored those places, emphasizing cheaper and faster fare. Even we were surprised at some of the excellent viands available. Here are our top 10.


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10. Track Five Sushi Combo at Masato -- The $7.50 bento includes kanpyo (dried gourd), pickled daikon, and cucumber with plum paste, along with a couple of inari pockets filled with vinegared rice. Vegan, Dining Concourse



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Scott
Scott

the Manhattan Chili texas chain gang was fenomenal as it says in the menu all natural beef and very very hot for winter time hhooooommmm very good

Zachary Feldman
Zachary Feldman

Oh man, the track #5 was my go-to snack for years when I lived with my folks and continues to be now that I visit from Manhattan. They also have cheap sake for an extremely buzzy ride.

dAve
dAve

The Zocalo is good - agreed. However I am surprised that the Indian takeout is not listed. Did it not make the grade as it is too expensive? I certainly offers a substantial variety of vegetarian options.

Alexthex
Alexthex

b1ly is correct, Vp = wanker

You lose a lot of NYC cred by calling it the Station.

bl1y
bl1y

It's Grand Central Terminal; Grand Central Station is the name of the nearby post office.

Ayanna47
Ayanna47

I agree 100%, that Indian takeout is fantastic! And it can't be the price since you can get 3 samosas (a full meal) for about $5- what gives?

How
How

Lose cred from who? Wankers like you and b1ly? Most born-and-raised NYers I know, myself included, use "Terminal" and "Station" interchangeably.

dAve
dAve

Yes, like referring to "Avenue of the Americas" when it is really called "Sixth Avenue." Or mis-pronouncing "Houston Street" to rhyme with the city in Texas. It doesn't.

Vp
Vp

@bl1y: don't be a wanker.

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