Take Me Away on the Metrazur
Metrazur, Charlie Palmer’s Grand Central fine dining establishment, has one of the most unique locations in New York – smack dab in the middle of one of the most beautiful (and busiest) rail hubs in the Tri-State area.
The sleek and refined power lunch hot spot is open to the hustle-and-bustle of the main atrium, yet remains remarkably quiet. Elevated above the ground by a grand marble staircase, the balcony restaurant is a modern oasis in the iconic Main Concourse, fit with a golden-hued illuminated wall, a sleek modular wine display, sloping black leatherback chairs, and spacious dark wood tables.
For a train terminal restaurant, the food at Metrazur is astonishingly good. Charlie Palmer treats Metrazur as a haute dining establishment and it is truly a gastronomic delight. The tuna tartare is divine, ranking top amongst the many tuna tartares I’ve had over the years. Tender and well-seasoned, the tartare really lets the ultra high-quality tuna shine, pairing it simply with a slice of avocado, thin layers of pecorino cheese, and a delightfully salty taro crisp. The ‘ten hour’ veal pappardelle is equally delicious – rich and decadent with melt-in-your-mouth veal, fava beans (always a winner!), and flirty parmesan foam. The rest of the menu is Mediterranean-inspired, featuring fresh bright ingredients drawn from the coast, such as Sea Scallops with coriander, black fennal, spiced olive and tomato.
Metrazur is also relatively affordable for the haute fare. Daily, $25 will buy you either an appetizer and an entree, an entree and a dessert, an entree and a glass of wine, a salad or sandwich and a glass of wine, or 2 appetizers and a dessert. (read: perfect for a business lunch where you’re looking to wow with elegance without the hefty price tag).
All in all, Metrazur was a surprising success – it is ideal for a power lunch with its convenient location and impressive cuisine, yet it is also a fantastic spot to sit back with a glass of wine and watch New Yorkers whisk by. Looking for truly enjoyable and well-worth-the-price grub in Midtown? Settle on Metrazur, high on design and foodie-approved.