7 Meals You Must Have at Grand Central Market
It’s not just for fresh produce anymore
You know your pals/dearly beloveds who can’t decide where to dine? Save time and don’t ask their opinion--instead make a beeline downtown to Grand Central Market, where you'll find a vast array of cuisines, all done at a top-notch level.
There’s so much to choose from, in fact, that the newbie might feel a bit overwhelmed. We’ve drilled down the choices to these must-have dishes. From a perfectly executed avocado toast to a fragrant paella, these seven meals each deserve center stage, so make return trips.
Ramen Hood is the place for a lighter, fresher and healthier version of the traditional ramen noodle bowl: Rice noodles, broth made from sunflower seeds, meaty mushrooms substituting for pork rounds and an actual simulacrum egg made from soy milk and nutritional yeast.
Fresh oysters, clams, shrimp, sea urchin and ceviche are served from the Oyster Gournet’s cool bentwood kiosk, where chef Christophe Happillon happily proffers whatever’s freshest.
317 S. Broadway; theoystergourmet.com
Maybe you want something sweet for breakfast, dessert or to remedy that 4 o’clock energy lull. You’ll love the fresh waffles topped with ricotta and blueberry jam ($9) served all day at G & B Coffee.
G & B Coffee, 312 S. Broadway, Stall C19; gandbcoffee.com
One of the best burgers in town, Belcampo Meat Co.’s lamb bánh mì burger ($13) is packed with thai slaw, jalapeños and a spicy mayo to bring it all together. Bonus: The meat is sustainably raised by the company in northern California; in the adjoining butcher shop, you can buy some to prepare at home.
Belcampo Meat Co., 317 S. Broadway, Stall F9; 213-625-0304 or belcampomeatco.com
Everything in former Campanile chef Mark Peel’s new restaurant is broth-based. So there’s fish stew, mussels and, our favorite, a satisfying paella ($14) in a saffron-and-lobster broth, which is full of mussels, shrimp and spicy pork sausage on steamed rice with flax seed.
Bombo, 317 S. Broadway, Stall D3; bombofoods.com
Personal-size ten-inch pizzas on hand-stretched dough--we’re fond of the house special Margherita variety--along with a boxed salad make Olio the perfect spot for a casual lunch.
317 S. Broadway, Stall B6-B7; oliowfp.com