Grand Central, one of the most iconic places in NYC and the quickest way out of Manhattan. For many it’s the landing spot for commuters from Upstate New York, New Jersey and Connecticut who work in Manhattan. It provides easy access to a quick breakfast before heading into work or a business lunch. The last time I was there was on a job on one of the tracks. It was unbelievable hot – about 120 degrees and I spent the entire day on those tracks, sweating and trying to keep cool. After the job was over, I headed home, exhausted, eventually passing out on the couch for several hours. This time it was a much more pleasurable experience. Every year The Grand Central Partnership hosts their annual neighborhood restaurant showcase, Grand Gourmet – The Flavor of Midtown in Vanderbilt Hall. There were a total of 37 restaurants sampling dishes from their menu, beer and wine makers, and other locally made foods – and I tried nearly all of them.
Before I move on, I just want to point out that it is called Grand Central Terminal, NOT Grand Central Station. Seems that TV shows and movies and tourists still haven’t figured that out. OK? Great. Now the pictures. You’ll note that my favorites of the evening are listed at the bottom.
Mini Cupcakes from Magnolia Cupcakes
Cheese from Murray’s Cheese Shop
Beans with Quail Egg Dish from Lexington Brass
Lobster “BLT” from Triomphe
Smoked Applewood Bacon Potato Cake with Filet of Beef and Red Onion Jam from St. Andrews
Octopus Dish from Barclay Bar & Grill at The Intercontinental Barclay
Thai on the Go at Dee Daa.
I have no idea what it was, but it was pretty tasty – The Wheeltapper Pub
Beer from Beer Table
BBQ Pork Slider from Pershing Square Cafe
Blue Point Oysters from Grand Central Oyster Bar
Oysters from Grand Central Oyster Bar
Again not sure what it is, but it was quite pretty – New York Central at The Grand Hyatt New York
And now the highlights…
Duck Taquitos from Silverleaf Tavern
Puffed Rice from Tulsi
Avocado Jal Moori from Tulsi
Corned Beef and Goat Cheese Katafi Cakes with Shaved Fennel, Red Pepper Spice and Saffron Mayo from O’Caseys