NYC’s creative cuisine is traditionally served at everything from casual outposts and fine-dining establishments to swanky eateries. However, recently, hungry New Yorkers and visitors have a few more options when it comes to where they can snag mouthwatering morsels—including food halls. In recent years, these upscale cafeterias, which offer a cornucopia of popular grub all in one place, have popped up all over Manhattan.
Here, Asimina Mitilineos, concierge at Viceroy New York, shares her top three.
“UrbanSpace Vanderbilt is an amazing open space for travelers waiting for their train at Grand Central Terminal,” Mitilineos says. “You can spend time reading a newspaper and drinking a nice hot coffee or enjoy eating food from [more than] 20 different vendors.” Located in one of the old waiting rooms of the New York Central Building—a stone’s throw from the famous transportation hub, vendors include the quirky hotdog outpost AsiaDog; Dough, the popular donut shop with fancy flavors like hibiscus and double chocolate brownie; Red Hook Lobster Pound; the popular Brooklyn pizza joint Roberta’s, and more.
In Midtown’s Theater District, just a few blocks away from bustling Times Square, City Kitchen serves all of the best foods—from amazing lobster rolls at Luke’s Lobster to sushi rolls at Azuki. You cannot go wrong,” Mitilineos says.
Located inside Row NYC, this trendy food hall boasts an international collection of dining choices, including the Mediterranean eatery Box, the taqueria Gabriela’s, ramen spot Kuro Obi and more.
Located near Central Park in the venerable Plaza Hotel, the aptly named Plaza Food Hall “reminds me of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” Mitilineos says. “This is the place to be for anything sweet and delicious, and I love the chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat most of all.”
Other high-end dining destinations include Olma Caviar Boutique & Bar, Tartinery and more.