15 Vanderbilt Ave.
This venue is closed.
Tucked away in Grand Central Station, this classy lounge is the restored private office of early twentieth-century tycoon John W. Campbell. On weeknights, the 2,000 square foot space is a bit overrun with commuters grabbing a Prohibition Punch or the Kentucky Ginger before catching the train home. It’s more fun to go on the weekends or closer to closing time when you can get a seat and sip your Scotch while you pretend you’re in a Hemingway novel. Any night of the week, though, a sneakerless crowd can nosh on a small list of pricey “Cocktail Accompaniments,” like the artisanal-cheese plate, roast-beef sliders, and a variety of desserts. The more recent addition of the Campbell Terrace—an extension of the bar’s elegance to the outdoor portico on Vanderbilt Avenue—looks like a version of your grandparent’s living room: mahogany rocking chairs, wicker tables, comfortable upholstered furniture, and free baskets of popcorn from a vintage popcorn machine.