Whether or not train travel is in your plans, Grand Central Terminal deserves to be one of your destinations. Since the building's revitalization 10 years ago, Grand Central has enticed visitors and locals alike, with quick bites and delicacies located in the Grand Central Market, fine cuisine in the Dining Concourse and free arts events in Vanderbilt Hall.
When should I go? Grand Central can get quite crowded; roughly 750,000 people pass through the main concourse daily. If you’re just sightseeing, it’s probably best to avoid going during peak hours, which would include weekday mornings (7–9am) and weeknights after work (5–7pm, roughly).
Where should I eat? There’s an extensive dining concourse on the lower level. For a more formal experience, try the Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant for fresh bivalves, or the old-world Campbell Apartment bar for swanky cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
What else is there to do? What else is there to do? Plenty. Gaze at the celestial ceiling in the main concourse and at the Guastavino-tile arches on the lower level. Speak into the Whispering Gallery, shop stores like Apple or Vince Camuto, and check out seasonal exhibitions and entertainment like the Holiday Train Show and concerts in the dining concourse.
Are there guided tours? Yes, docent-led tours are offered (daily, 12:30pm; $25) by the Municipal Art Society. You can also do a self-guided audio tour ($9) or join one of the free tours given by the Grand Central Partnership (Fridays, 12:30pm).