Highlights for September 2017
September 23, 2017
Grand Central’s cup is filled to the brim this September with two big events, including the first Grand Central-produced event for java lovers, as well as seasonal deals and specials at its shops and restaurants. For more information, images, or to set up interviews, contact Catherine Lincoln at (212) 576-2700 or GCT@goodmanmedia.com. Images are available via Dropbox here.
Grand Central Café for National Coffee Day
September 29, 7am to 2pm
Grand Central Terminal is transforming the east side of Vanderbilt Hall into a café plaza to celebrate National Coffee Day. Visitors can enjoy regular cups of coffee for just $1 as well as full-priced treats from the following vendors: Café Grumpy, Financier Patisserie, Great Northern Food Hall’s Brownsville Roasters, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, Joe Coffee, Oren’s Daily Roast, Shake Shack, and Zaro’s Family Bakery. Visitors can also purchase a $5 flight of coffee to sample 4oz of each Grand Central coffee shop’s brew. Shops will donate all coffee flight proceeds to charity Coffee Kids. Contributing to the coffeehouse atmosphere will be a reading lounge with library-inspired diversions and reading glasses from Warby Parker and flowers for sale from Dahlia. Throughout the day, attendees can enjoy a variety of musical acts from Music Under New York, coffee talks, and demonstrations.
15th Annual Grand Central Oyster Frenzy
Oyster fanatics can partake in an all-day bivalve bonanza at Grand Central Oyster Bar featuring 16 varieties of oysters – eight each from the East and West Coasts – and six championship wines, one of which will be named the “Grand Champion” by a blue-ribbon panel of judges. Visitors will be treated to talented chef demonstrations and a battle between the world’s top professional oyster shuckers for $3,000 in prize money. Visitors can also participate in competitions open to the public, including the “Slurp off” and “beer shucking.”
SHOPPING AND DINING
Devialet, a pioneering technology brand providing access to the best sound in the world, is thrilled to open its second US store in Grand Central Terminal. By delivering music’s physical impact through elevated, unrivaled sound, Devialet produces music as close to the artist’s intention as possible, raising the standards of sound quality and redefining your listening experience. Devialet’s goal is, and has always been, to provide every one with access to the best sound in the world. Experience it for yourself starting at Grand Central in Fall 2017.
Central Watch is having a special 50% off sale on all ICE watches.
Sweet and Spicy Deals
La Chula will celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a $5 Taco Arabe special – rotisserie pork marinated in chiles, flour tortilla, guacamole, and salsa Morita – from September 11-17. Magnolia Bakery will unveil a new salted caramel banana pudding and, for those who celebrate, will offer several Rosh Hashanah items, including honey cakes and cupcakes available for advance order.
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, 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.