The historic Grand Central Station has just opened your newest relaxing spot before beginning your commute home.
Grand Central just reopened its renovated The Campbell Apartment under new management. Now called The Campbell, the once hidden bar can be easily reached at 15 Vanderbilt Ave. or through Cipriani restaurant.
The revived Jazz Age bar, owned and operated by the Gerber Group, will maintain the bar's historic architecture while combining it with some contemporary elements.
“As soon as you enter The Campbell, the sense of history is palpable,” Randy Kemper, Designer, Ingrao Inc., said in a statement.
“We focused on restoring the space’s original features while utilizing traditional materials and design features whenever possible. The end result is a breathtaking revitalization that brings the historic venue seamlessly into the 21st century while paying homage to its storied past.”
To pay homage to the original use of the space when financier John W. Campbell managed it, the bar will have three distinct areas: The Campbell Bar outdoor bar, The Campbell Palm Court lounge and The Campbell Terrace outdoor covered veranda and full bar.
You can try out the Gerber Group's signature cocktails, wines and locally-brewed craft beer. Highlights from their classic and era-inspired cocktails include the Aviation (Nolet’s Gin, crème de violette, Maraschino liqueur, fresh lemon), the John Campbell’s Martini (Stoli Elit, Carpano dry vermouth, olives) and the GG Manhattan (Woodford Reserve, Carpano Antica, Angostura bitters.
The menu's lunch specials are also perfect for a quick bite before heading off on the train.
The Kale and Endive Salad has toasted pistachio, pecorino and mint and the French Dip comes with caramelized onions and red wine au jus. The bar's refreshed take on a simple dish, Grilled Cheese, is made with aged gruyere and smoked mozzarella on sourdough.
According to Gothamist, John W. Campbell owned the space as an office. The press release explains that the space was his office during the day, Campbell and his friends partied it up at the hall at night.
thecampbellnyc May 17, 2017: Opening Day. Come check us out. @gerbergroup @grandcentralnyc 🥃 #thecampbell ( 📸 by @noahfecksisawesome )
Then, the space transformed multiple times over the years to surprising facilities, including a gun storage facility and a jail. Mark Grossich opened it in the late '90s as a bar. Then, he lost the lease to Scott Gerber, owner of the Gerber Group, during a contentious bidding process.
The Campbell is open daily from 12:00 p.m. until 2 a.m., and is available for private events to party the night away like Campbell and his friends.