New restaurants planned at Grand Central Terminal

May 21, 2012 9:04:53 AM PDT
Grand Central Terminal is making space for two new sit-down restaurants.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Monday that it's making two sizeable new spots available for dining in the historic train station.

One space is a roughly 12,000-square-foot expanse that once was a waiting room in the area called Vanderbilt Hall. The former waiting room has been used in recent years for special events.

The second space is a 4,700-square-foot area that's been used for storage. It's above the Grand Central Market area of eateries.

"Vanderbilt Hall is visually stunning, and a restaurant above the vibrant Grand Central Market promises to have tremendous cachet," said MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota.

The new restaurants, which will be available for 2013 openings, will benefit from increased foot traffic during the Terminal's centennial year, which kicks off in February. Centennial activities are planned throughout the Terminal and in Vanderbilt Hall all year long.

With 750,000 visitors per day, Grand Central Terminal is the second most-visited place in New York City after Times Square.

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