5 Restaurant Ideas Near Grand Central NYC

| January 7, 2013
Grand Central by Jim Trodel

Photo by: Jim Trodel

If you are heading to meet friends near Grand Central Station before commuting home, you don’t have to settle for a casual snack.

Here are 5 dining ideas for those who are looking for a memorable meal near Grand Central Station.


vitae nycVitae – 4 East 46th (Between Fifth and Madison) –The classic contemporary American cuisine is quite delicious at this midtown eatery where they have something for everyone. From scrumptious appetizers like Pulled Pork Tacos, or Burrata with creamy polenta and wild mushroom ragu, to divine entrees like the Duck Confit or Pork Schnitzel, it’s hard to go wrong on this menu.




ammos estiatorio octopusAmmos Estiatorio – 52 Vanderbilt Avenue – For those who love Greek food or seafood, this elegant restaurant should not be missed. A bit pricey, but worth it. Try the octopus, prawns and the snapper. In addition to the wonderful menu they have some fantastic desserts including, Milopita; an apple tart with halva mousse and Karidopita; a walnut cake with honey-cinnamon syrup.




capital grille steakThe Capital Grille -155 East 42nd Street – A consistent favorite for steak and seafood lovers alike, this chain serves up delicious meals and doesn’t disappoint. With top-notch service and their award-winning wine list, this is sure to be a meal to remember. Be sure to leave room for dessert!



the shop at the andazThe Shop – 485 Fifth Avenue (at 41st St) – The menu changes with the seasons, so the ingredients are always fresh and the food speaks for itself at this contemporary chic restaurant at the Andaz 5th Avenue. For lunch we tried Bo-Bo’s Free-Range Chicken with harissa, argyle cheese, farmer’s Greek yogurt and lemon, as well as the Seared Long Island Duck Breast with Brussels sprouts, raisins and onions. Both were delicious.




won ton tacosZengo – 622 Third Avenue (at 40th St) -This Asian-Latin inspired menu is quite inventive and full of great choices including; Tuna Won Ton Tacos, Volcano Roll, Spicy Jumbo Crab Guacamole and Chipotle Miso Glazed Black Cod among others. Just meeting for drinks? Try the tequila bar downstairs or sake bar upstairs.