While the self-checkout kiosks and massive accessories room at Grand Central's new Apple megastore are unquestionably impressive, we're partial to a few smaller, new boutiques on the Concourse. Below, the stores to hit before you board Metro North.
Intaglio Antique Prints and Maps Tunde Bodnar scoured estate sales in Europe for his new shop in Vanderbilt Hall, which carries more than 1,000 antique prints, postcards and copperplate engravings, not to mention a beautiful selection of 19th-century maps spanning lower Manhattan and the Loire Valley.
Aesop The Australian skin-care brand just opened its first Manhattan stand-alone in Graybar Passage, with apothecary-like primrose creams and geranium-leaf cleansers artfully arranged atop old copies of The New York Times. If you forgot to pack your beauty essentials while scrambling for the train, pick up a travel kit packed with Aesop's best sellers.
Grand Central Market recently made room among the Murray's Cheese and Oren's Daily Roast stands for two newcomers: Swing by Eli's Bread for breakfast pastries, coffee cakes and Grand Central baguettes (either plain or scattered with green olives), and find exotic imported teas and cooking oils at Spices and Tease, plus a booth for blending your own herbs.