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Best Food Court (New-School)


Danish entrepreneur Claus Meyer’s airy quick-service culinary complex in Grand Central Terminal wasn’t built simply to sate commuters and visitors. Billed collectively as the Great Northern Food Hall, its six stations offer a mouthwatering crash course in everyday Nordic cooking. Start the day in Scandinavian style with the Grain Bar’s porridges and skyr parfaits, or opt for a bagel-esque morning roll stuffed with smoked salmon and cream cheese from Open Rye (which deals in open-faced smørrebrød sandwiches at lunch). Bakery Meyers Bageri is where you’ll find beautiful pastries, pizza-like flatbreads, and whole-grain breads carried out as loaves or used to make stellar sandwiches. Composed salads, including one with smoked eel, can be found at Almanak. And nighttime ushers in the sound of the bar’s clanging shakers, where tart and herbal Nordic-inspired cocktails can be sipped with snacks fit for a Viking, including dill-and-lovage potato chips, spiced pork cracklings, and cumin-roasted lamb sliders. The scope and vision of the compact chomping ground extendswell beyond its walls, though it’s anyone’s guess if sea buckthorn will take the city by storm as Meyer intends (and as it should). Zachary Feldman

Grand Central Terminal Vanderbilt Hall

89 East 42nd Street, Manhattan