Where to Eat Near Grand Central Station

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.

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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.


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…


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.

This article was originally published December 2019, and has been updated for accuracy.