Great Northern Food Hall at Grand Central

by Anne Maxfield on August 15, 2016

Accidental Locavore Great Northern Food HallHo.


Sadly, truth in advertising doesn’t apply to venues.

Or the Great Northern Food Hall would be in danger of being busted.

It’s not great.

It’s actually at the southern end of Grand Central.

There is food. It appears to be Scandinavian inspired.

There are drinks (and cocktails). They come in bottles and are (mostly) not Scandinavian.

Accidental Locavore Food Hall PorridgeThere are Danishes and croissants, neither of which originated from where you think they did and Denmark (where Claus Meyer the entrepreneur behind GNH hailed from) never comes into the story.

There is a porridge bar, because you never know when you’ll be on 42nd Street craving porridge. And not to be kvetching too much, but once again is Denmark the first country that comes to mind when you hear the word porridge?

Didn’t think so.

There are smørrebrødens, which, phew, are Danish open-faced sandwiches and each is a little work of art (and priced accordingly). Maybe it was my imagination but as I passed a pre-made smørrebrød it seemed to me that the corners of the bread were curling up as it’s prone to do when you make smaller versions (hors d’œuvres) before a party. Because they’re topless it may not be the best on-the-run or balancing on your lap snack.

Accidental Locavore Food Hall SandwichesTide stick anyone?

There is coffee. Known to be a big cash crop in Scandinavia.


This is from Brownsville Coffee in Brownsville Brooklyn (which isn’t even in the northern part of Brooklyn).

There is a bar. You might need a drink.

This is a project seven months in construction. Like Vanderbilt Hall, a food hall highly anticipated by those of us who pass through Grand Central, hungry and on the move.

Like Vanderbilt Hall, a letdown.

The Accidental Locavore isn’t sure why the owners of Grand Central (and no, you can’t blame this on Metro North, tempting as it might be) thought that turning it into a Nordic theme park was a brilliant idea.

Besides Great Northern, there’s a hot dog sausage bar and a very fancy restaurant with $100-$125 tasting menus. If spending that much on sunflower seeds and more of that porridge seems like a better deal than a cheap seat to Hamilton, be my guest.

My bet is that Hamilton will be around much longer than smørrebrød at Grand Central.



{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Anne Maxfield August 18, 2016 at 12:22 pm

Sounds great and I haven’t been in Denver in years!!

Joanne Littau August 15, 2016 at 3:18 pm

Well, come visit Denver Colorado and have the eating time of your life! Rodizio’s Brazillian Grill, Mercantile – which happens to be at our train depot!, Fruition, Barolo, Native Kitchen, Silvi’s, Rioja’s, and thwre are more: The Old Church Restaurant and our favorite, Augustine Grill both in Castle Rock: And in Sedalia, Gabriel’s (next to the train tracks). Then back to Denver for brunch at Blunozer on Ivy Street, 7am to 2pm Tuesday to Sunday. Get there early for quiche! Yum! Wverything is YUM! And remember, I have a NY palatte! Regards Joanne

Anne Maxfield August 15, 2016 at 2:23 pm

Who knows if it will still be around?

Anne Maxfield August 15, 2016 at 2:22 pm

They spent a lot of money on it and it just seems to be a very limited audience.

Mary @ LOVE the secret ingredient August 15, 2016 at 1:07 pm

Seems like they really didn’t think this through after all!

Joanne Littau August 15, 2016 at 11:10 am

Oh my! Remind me when I come home to go there NOT!
Best, Joanne

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