New York City's Grand Central Station is among the most famous crossroads of the world, with the four-sided clock of the station's main lobby a recognized landmark. On-site Grand Central Station event venues have increased, thanks to renovations and new uses for old space. These are frequently in demand.
Getting to and from Manhattan takes approximately 45 minutes via taxi or car from the New York metropolitan area's three major airports — LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport. Once on Fifth Avenue, group transportation is readily accessible through buses, subways and taxis.
Among the hotel venues in Grand Central Station's neighborhood, the chief is the 1,311-room Grand Hyatt New York, which is adjacent and accessible from the Station's interior. The Hyatt boasts 55,000 square feet of meeting space in 47 meeting rooms. Other nearby properties include the 1,015-room Roosevelt, which has 30,000 square feet of meeting space; the 242-room NH Jolly Madison Towers, which 20,000 square feet of space; and the luxury, 149-room Kitano New York, which has 6,000 square feet of space.
Special event venues in Grand Central Station itself begin with the 12,000-square-foot Vanderbilt Hall, formerly a waiting room that is now available to groups. On either side of the main hall, the balconies of two restaurants provide a scenic view of commuters and the Station's beautiful turquoise, vaulted ceiling: the Cipriani Dolce on the west balcony; and Michael Jordan's Steak House, on the east. Both are available for groups. For an even "loftier" view, the Campbell Apartment, a once-private residence located within the Station, can accommodate up to 125 guests for a reception.
There is certainly no problem finding dining venues in Grand Central Station. In addition to the aforementioned restaurants, the Station also features a Food Court at its lower level (the famous Oyster Bar is also there). Adjoining the Station in the MetLife Building are a number of restaurants, including Cafe Centro and Cucina & Co. These are quite busy at lunch (as are most Midtown eateries) but frequently available for dinner. In addition to dining, the Station is a shopping mecca, offering fine foods, specialty shops and even a Holiday Market in winter.
From its Midtown East location, Grand Central Station is within walking distance of a number of attractions, including the United Nations Building, the New York Public Library and Bryant Park; as well as Times Square and the Theater District.