Calling all foodies! 5 new dining spots are set to open in Grand Central Terminal this year

people walking in Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal’s iconic main concourse.
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Attention foodies! The next stop for delicious cuisine in NYC is at Grand Central Terminal, as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced Friday an array of new dining options set to open this year in the bustling transportation hub.

The spree of new restaurants recently kicked off with the Joey Bats Cafe, which just opened and is offering Portuguese fare, including pastéis de nata, the local chain’s signature pastry that has a flaky shell and egg-custard filling…yum!

Commuters will get a taste of other international delights, too, as the future restaurants will represent a diverse mix of eating and drinking destinations. 

Catherine Rinaldi, Metro-North president, said Grand Central is an ideal spot for the soon-to-come food-focused businesses, as well as one stylish boutique set to open, because it is so busy.

“Grand Central Terminal is a world-renowned destination not just for train travelers but for thousands of people who pass through the terminal every day,” Catherine Rinaldi, Metro-North president, said. “And with the new LIRR terminal at Grand Central Madison open downstairs, we are thrilled to have so many new exciting retail and food offerings for those new LIRR customers as they pass through the historic terminal.”  

New restaurants coming to Grand Central Terminal in 2024

Several restaurants are scheduled to open at Grand Central in coming months:

Melba’s – Commuters will be able to escape the stress of traveling at this “comfort food” locale when it opens. A 2024 James Beard Award finalist, Melba’s offers “comfort-izers” such as cornmeal dusted deviled eggs, catfish strips and hand-cut sweet potato wedges. 

Naya – With a focus on Middle Eastern cuisine, diners here will be able to build their own bowls, salads and rolls, and pair them with delicious appetizers and desserts.

SanWei – This fast-casual restaurant will serve up rice, noodle dishes and pastrami sandwiches. 

Sabatino Truffles, which will offer fresh truffles and truffle products, is also opening at Grand Central Market.

Not to be outdone by fantastic food, the Charles Tyrwhitt boutique will be among Grand Central’s new tenants this year. Fashionistas of all tastes and styles will enjoy browsing the British clothing retailer’s many styles, including shirts, ties, suits, casualwear and accessories. 

The upcoming restaurants are part of the MTA’s ongoing dining revitalization in Grand Central. Other dining spots that opened recently include Veselka and Wonderen Stroopwafel, both located on the terminal’s dining concourse.