Highlights for July 2017
July 30, 2017
Grand Central Terminal and its shops and restaurants are in full swing for summer, with Independence Day deals and seasonal specials. For more information, images, or to set up interviews, contact Catherine Lincoln at (212) 576-2700 or GCT@goodmanmedia.com.
Taste of the Terminal
July 11-13, 11am to 2pm
Grand Central’s annual “Taste of the Terminal” event turns five years old this year and will celebrate with a wider selection of samples and tastes from the shops and restaurants at Grand Central. For four years, excited customers turned out in droves to receive free samples from a rotating cast of four vendors. Due to the event’s popularity, Grand Central has expanded “Taste of the Terminal” into the full Vanderbilt Hall event space and will now feature 10 vendors each day along with cocktail tables to encourage visitors to stay and take a break from the summer heat while enjoying music from Music Under New York performers. Event details are subject to change. A full list and schedule of participating shops, restaurants, and performances are available here.
RETAIL and RESTAURANTS OPENINGS
Jet Set Candy
Recently opened in the Lexington Passage, Jet Set Candy’s line of travel-inspired jewelry captures the essence of favorite and far-flung destinations with style. The collection features charms, pendants, bracelets, earrings, and rings of iconic places from almost 70 countries and is available in sterling silver, gold vermeil, and solid gold. At the heart of the jewelry range are more than 200 luggage tag charms that bear international airport codes and design elements unique to each country.
After shuttering on March 28 due to water damage caused by a flood, Agern will reopen July 19 for lunch and dinner service. After three and a half months of reconstruction, Chef Gunnar Gislason, General Manager Katie Bell and the Agern team look forward to welcoming guests back. Agern will open for lunch Monday-Friday and dinner Monday-Saturday. Reservations will be accepted beginning June 26 at noon. More information is available here.
SHOPPING and HOLIDAY DEALS
Independence Day Offers
Grand Central shops are ready with special deals and shopping essentials to help customers celebrate in style for the holiday. Offers include a variety of picnic and grilling foods at Grand Central Market, including a Flag Cake from Eli’s Bread & Pastry; 10% off everything red, white and blue at The Saskia de Vries Designs kiosk; and 20% off backpacks at Moleskine.
July Holiday Specials
Through July 31
Celebrate July’s various food-related holidays with Grand Central’s many restaurants, including National French Fry Day (July 13) with a free sample of Shake Shack fries at Taste of the Terminal, National Ice Cream Day (July 17) with ice cream at Jacques Torres, and National Hot Dog Day (July 19) at Danish Dogs. Information on additional deals and gift ideas are available in Grand Central Terminal’s July shopping guides.
This free app allows Metro-North Railroad customers to purchase train tickets anytime, anywhere with their mobile devices. The app, available for both iPhone and Android, is available to all Metro-North customers on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven Lines. Be sure to check the “Today in Grand Central” feature each morning for daily offers and events. For more information, visit the website here.
Official MAS Guided Tours of Grand Central
Daily at 12:30pm
MTA Metro-North Railroad has teamed up with The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) and Orpheo Inc. to provide daily docent-guided tours of the Terminal. The 75-minute tour highlights the history, architecture, and operation of one of the world’s largest train terminals. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, students, children under 10, members of the military, Metro-North riders with same-day ticket stubs, and MAS members. Private and group tours also can be arranged. Visit docentour.com/gct for more information.
Grand Central Terminal Audio Tours
Daily from 9am to 6pm
Available in “local” (one-hour) and “express” (30-minute) versions, this self-paced tour focuses on the architectural highlights of the Terminal, its secrets, famous visitors, and sometimes turbulent history. The tour is available at specially marked “GCT Tour” windows in the Main Concourse and downloadable on mobile devices. Audio tours are $9 for adults and $7 for seniors, military, students, and kids. Languages include English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese. Information and downloads are available at myorpheo.com/official-grand-central-tour.