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NYC subway stops with food: Grand Central, Penn Station and more

No one likes a hangry commuter, and traversing the city’s subways can certainly work up an appetite.

The next time you hear your stomach grumble while on one of the train lines listed below, consider making a pit stop at one of these subway stations where there's food aplenty.

Grand Central Terminal

Commuters dine at the food court area, relatively
Photo Credit: Natan Dvir

One of New York City’s most iconic transit hubs is also home to some serious eats. Whether you’re catching a 4, 5, 6, 7 or S train, or traveling on the Metro-North Railroad, it’s not a bad idea to budget in some extra time for food. Here, you can nosh on dishes from Tip Tip Grill, Shiro of Japan, Eata Pita and Shake Shack; sit down for a meal at the famous Oyster Bar & Restaurant; or snag a cupcake at Magnolia Bakery. Grand Central also has its very own market, which features retailers including Murray’s Cheese, Pescatore Seafood Co. and Li-Lac Chocolates. For more information:

Penn Station

Pat LaFrieda steak sandwich at the Penn Station
Photo Credit: The Pennsy

Considering there are 600,000 commuters who travel through Penn Station every day, it should be a no-brainer that there is plenty of food available to the hungry masses. While Penn Station houses the Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit and Amtrak, it’s also accessible from the A, C, E, 1, 2 and 3 lines, making this an easy place to stop off for a bite while en route to your next destination. On the lower level of Penn Station, which is closest to the subway stations, you can grab a slice at Rose’s pizza, nibble on a croissant from Au Bon Pain or sip on a smoothie from Red Mango.

If you really have time to spare, grab a drink and some grub at Tracks Raw Bar & Grill. On the upper level, near Amtrak and New Jersey Transit, you’ll find food options like Penn Sushi, Don Pepi Pizza and CocoMoko Café. Plus, you can take your taste buds one step further by checking out The Pennsy, a food hall that opened at 2 Pennsylvania Plaza in January 2016. Vendors include Lobster Press, The Cinnamon Snail, The Little Beet, Mario by Mary and Pat LaFrieda. For more information:

TurnStyle at Columbus Circle

'TurnStyle' signage at Eighth Avenue and 57th Street,
Photo Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang

A newcomer to the underground food game, TurnStyle has been turning heads at the 59th Street-Columbus Circle subway station in Manhattan since April 2016. This place goes beyond your average food hall, featuring 24 shops and 10 restaurants, with fare ranging from chocolate truffles (FIKA coffee shop) and Lebanese food (Semsom Eatery) to New York pizza (The Pizza). If you happen to be on the 1, 2, A, B, C or D train and your stomach starts making weird noises, Columbus Circle should be your next stop. For more information:

Fulton Center

Commuters walk through the Fulton Center in New
Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images/JEWEL SAMAD

The Fulton Center in lower Manhattan is one of the MTA’s newest transit hubs, providing straphangers transfers between the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, Z and R lines. With so many commuters milling about the massive subway station, it seems it was a pretty good idea to add in retail and dining options to keep everyone from getting hangry. While some dining options – including Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, Wasabi Sushi & Bento and Zaro’s family bakery – are already open for business, other retailers like Pressed Juicery are still in the works. For more information:

Atlantic Terminal Mall

(FILES) The logo for Starbucks coffee is seen
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While the fare at the Atlantic Terminal Mall in Brooklyn may not be the stuff of foodies’ dreams, it will certainly do the trick for a hungry commuter on the go. Located just above Atlantic Terminal, grab a coffee and sandwich from Starbucks, or sit down for a meal at Applebee’s or Buffalo Wild Wings. If you have a craving for something sweet, head over to Cold Stone Creamery for some ice cream.

Atlantic Terminal serves the 2, 4, 5, B, D, N, R Q subway lines as well as the LIRR. It’s also right near the Barclays Center, where a whole host of food options await anyone with tickets to an event. For more information:


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