Where to Eat Near Grand Central Station

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Have a martini—and much more in the neighborhood. Photo by Nitzan Rubin.

Sometimes, when traveling out of Grand Central Station, one doesn’t want to eat or drink underground. A recent asking where to have a martini nearby when the Oyster Bar is closed, which got us thinking: Where do you go when there’s a little bit of extra time before or after that train ride? Here, some suggestions for a luxurious and glamorous kind of train-travel day.

Morning

2nd Avenue Deli is one of those old-school New York spots with a wide variety of sandwiches, plus blintzes and knishes. Or hey, go to Murray Hill Diner for a hearty breakfast of diner staples and the endless cups of drip coffee.

Afternoon

Stop in for a slice at Patsy’s, the local pizzeria that’s been around since 1933. Or check out Baby Bo’s Cantina, serving Mexican cuisine. The area is also stacked with the best in small local chains, such as Bareburger and Xi’an Famous Foods, which will mean a delicious meal without overspending, because one can do that at dinner in this area, at spots like…

Evening

Kajitsu does shojin cuisine, offering vegetarian and vegan tasting menus. Make a reservation! If that doesn’t feel like the right move, Viv nearby serves Thai food, and Brother Jimmy’s BBQ—it is what it sounds like, with all the giant fishbowl drinks one can handle.

Night

La Biblioteca offers a selection of agave spirits in dark environs. But for that martini people are seeking out? Middle Branch is a classic cocktail bar on 33rd Street that’ll serve up any drink that’s on your mind, and the martini is guaranteed to be perfect.

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