Luxury Italian group Cipriani to open a steakhouse inside Grand Central Terminal
The beleaguered restaurant scene at Grand Central Terminal is showing signs of new life. According to the New York Post, luxury Italian group Cipriani has signed a lease to open an Argentinian steakhouse in the transportation hub. The restaurant is taking over the former home of Michael Jordan’s Steak House NYC, which occupied the balcony overlooking the train station’s main concourse for 20 years before shutting down in 2018.
While the 8,200-square-foot steakhouse is a big new bet for the restaurant group, Cipriani is already a familiar face at Grand Central Terminal. Cipriani Dolci has been operating at the train station since 2002, according to the Post, and operates an extravagant event space just outside the terminal.
Still, many of Grand Central’s restaurants have been struggling to return in full force amid steep drops in tourism and public transit ridership due to the pandemic. Grand Central Oyster Bar reopened this week for the first time in 18 months, save for a nine-day blip last year. Other dining areas like Grand Northern Food Hall remain closed.
An opening date has not yet been disclosed for Cipriani’s new steakhouse, according to the Post.
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