My posts from New York will end soon as I prepare to hurtle back to Manila at just under the speed of soundâ€¦ can you imagine how much junk would end up in the ears of Superman if he flew from Washington, DC to New York City to rescue Lois Lane from a burning skyscraper??? At any rate, I intend to cram half a dozen or so entries into the next two days, make my way back to Manila, miraculously avoid any jet lag whatsoever and report on the Manila market scene and produce finds once againâ€¦ But first, a quick post on the Grand Central Market, a superb alley of several dozen fine food purveyors that is tucked into one side of the recently refurbished (and spectacular) Grand Central Station at 42nd street and Lexington Avenue. When the building was refurbished, several upscale retailers and fine food purveyors were invited to locate here to capture an affluent market of tens of thousands of commuters that passes through the station each day.
The long alley that has dozens of food purveyors include cheese counters, fish mongers, butchers, condiments, salads, vegetables, coffees and teas, prepared meals or dishes, flowers, chocolates, pastries, breads, etc. Presentation is superb, selection terrific, prices a bit high but the convenience factor makes up for that. If I were still working in NYC, and lived out in the burbs that required a train commute, I could see myself buying dinner at the Grand Central Market several times a month! For tourists to New York, a quick visit to the refurbished station (the humongous lobby is worth seeing), some shopping at retailers such as the Discovery Store, Barnes & Noble, and the Grand Central Market would be a worthwhile few hours. If you have been keeping track of my posts so far, I have indeed tried to take you as many sections of the city as I possibly can on such a short visitâ€¦ gotta jump into a cab and get to more food stores!