This month has been a whirlwind for NYC food courts. 

First, it was announced that Port Authority will be getting an upgrade in the attempts to become a "world class facility."  

Then Anthony Bourdain's long-discussed Pier 57 revamp was given the green light by Governor Cuomo. Then most recently, Empire Outlets in Staten Island announced that it will open a swanky new food marketplace headed by the Gansevoort Market creative team. 

Finally, we can announce that Penn Station will also be given a bit of a food court facelift with some pretty big name celebrity chefs. 

The new spot, aptly titled Pennsy, will occupy the space that once held the bookstore, Borders. 

Pennsy is a collaboration of chefs, spearheaded by Mary Giuliani (the self-proclaimed "caterer to the stars"). 

She will be teaming with Mario Batali for a stand entitled "Mario by Mary", serving soups and Italian sandwiches. 


Marc Forgione will be responsible for his stand, "The Lobster Press," which will be serving (what else) seafood dishes such as his chili lobster dish, bisques, salads, and fresh-squeezed juice. 

Franklin Becker of The Little Beet, the operators of the food truck, the Cinnamon Snail, and the team from Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors will each open stands as well.

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As if these swanky new stands weren't enough, the Pennsy will also include a full bar and lounge, an outdoor area, and a second floor space for events. 

This new food court, opening on January 7, 2016, might make Penn Station a little more bearable for commuters. On the other hand, it's still Penn Station. 

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[via NY Eater] [Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]