Stately Grand Central Terminal houses many secrets, and hidden amenities. From its whispering galleries to the tennis court and its gorgeous bar The Campbell Apartment, which has been reborn The Campbell under new ownership.
The Gerber Group, which runs upscale lounge-type spots including Mr. Purple and The Roof, made moderate updates to the space, including the addition of two added areas for drinking: Campbell Palm Court and Campbell Terrace. While the Campbell Apartment was semi-hidden, the Times reports that its "days as a hard-to-find, slightly mysterious hideaway appear to be over." A large awning will now signal its presence on Vanderbilt Avenue, but you can also access it from inside the terminal, by walking through Cipriani restaurant, then through a door and up a set of stairs.
Cocktails like the Aviation (pictured) start at $18 and run up to $25 with the John Campbell's Martini, made with Stoli Elit—a $3,000 bottle of vodka—Carpano dry vermouth and olives. They'll also serve an $85 "Rare" Old Fashioned, made with Macallan "Rare Cask" Single Malt Scotch Whisky alongside other interpretations of classic cocktails including mules and negronis.
A limited menu of finger foods also debuts with the revamped bar. Snacks include Deviled Eggs ($12) and Spiced Roasted Nuts ($11), with more substantial offerings—but still just "a little bit more"—include Crispy Tuna Tartare Tacos ($18) and Mini Lobster Rolls ($23).
The historic space was once the office of John W. Campbell and after his death went through many iterations that included a gun storage facility and a jail. Its contemporary history as a bar began in the late '90s when it was reopened by Mark Grossich. In April 2016, Grossich lost the lease during a contentious bidding process to Scott Gerber, who runs The Gerber Group.
The Campbell is located at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue, inside Grand Central Terminal