Where To Buy Food-To-Go: New York City
By Susan McKee
The Road Trips Foodie
Visiting Manhattan anytime, Road Trips Foodies? If you’re staying in accommodations on a subway line that stops in Grand Central, be sure to check out the Grand Central Terminal Market, 83 East 42nd Street, New York, New York (the market is on the Lexington Avenue side).
This is a collection of “commuter-friendly” vendors selling just what you’re likely to want for a snack or a meal (or a few flowers to brighten your hotel room).
Let’s say you have a microwave in your room. Dishes at Home features a variety of ready-to-heat-and-eat meals plus soups, side dishes and desserts. No microwave? Sushi by Pescatore sells (of course) sushi. Crave “real coffee” to replace the standard hotel offering? Check out Oren’s Daily Roast.
There are exotic cheeses, fanciful fruits and tasty chocolates, too (not to mention giant salted pretzels). When your Road Trips Foodie was in Manhattan last month, I picked up a Thai Shrimp Wrap for a quick dinner with fresh raspberries for dessert. Yum!
Pictured above left are physalis (a particular favorite of your Road Trips Foodie). Popular throughout Western Europe and in Eastern Canada, these orange-hued fruits about the size of cherry tomatoes sometimes are labeled Cape Gooseberries, Golden Berries, and Groundcherries. Tomatillos, which are perhaps more familiar to those who like to cook Mexican-style, are a physalis variety as are the decorative Chinese Lantern plants.
It’s the perfect place to stop on your way back to your hotel after a full day of sightseeing, because the Grand Central Market is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Grand Central Market is closed on New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
(Photos ©2017 by Susan McKee)