Great Northern Food Hall
I don’t know if the term “food hall” feels quite right when talking about the Great Northern Food Hall. Seated with such high caliber fare in front of me under the endlessly high vaulted ceilings of Grand Central Station, it feels more appropriate to call this “food hall” an open format restaurant. As I looked around me, I took in the array of stations filled with different kinds of Nordic cuisines. From eight inch beautifully topped hot dogs to oysters and of course a great wine list to compliment it all, there’s a flavor for every mood.
The wooden and tiled streamlined space, designed by Christina Meyer Bengtsson and Ulrik Nordentoft, is structured in such a way so that it doesn't tamper with the original workings of Grand Central Station as it’s one of NYC’s most famous landmarked buildings. That means, if tomorrow the food hall decided to close up shop for good, they would take every piece of material used in this space, their cooking stations, tables, façades pack them up and leave the space one hundred percent as they originally found it.
Much like Nordic art, the dishes, whether composed of grains, rye or crust are refined, architectural and incredibly thoughtful. They’re unique, not only aesthetically but in their rich complex flavors. Using ingredients from local New York farmers and producers, the quality and freshness as your teeth rip through each bite is followed by a notable “mmm”. In a city that has so many plays restaurants that play on the same kinds of cuisine, these dishes make you feel like you’ve hopped on a plane on a flavorful adventure. Only in this case, all city dwellers need need is a train.