In four American cities including New York, where there are four Midtown locations, this food court/mall operator rents space to purveyors of a quality and type one might expect from better quality food trucks now found in most cities. One must be vigilant however, remembering that just because it comes from a truck doesn’t mean it’s any good.
At this location I was surprised to find more than 20 counterspace food vendors, and happy to note that there was almost ample seating.
A stone’s throw from Grand Central Terminal, Urbanspace @ Vanderbilt “hosts 20 artisanal and chef-driven food concepts” which is only a pompous way of declaring that people actually prepare the food. And with the newly created minimum wage laws in New York state, employers will be hard-pressed to blame the necessary human employees’ wages for the failure of their businesses, when ‘artisanal’ is an adjective that generates a higher price.
What can be found? From BobWhite, antibiotic and hormone-free chicken; from FarmStand, salads with locally sourced ingredients; from Gumbo Bros, gumbos and ‘po-boy’ sandwiches; from Two Tablespoons, vegetarian and vegan sandwiches, bowls, salads, rolls, and burgers.
So when the endless offerings of food in New York become overwhelming and you need a Midtown pick-me-up, try this food court for one room full of many offerings at ‘reasonable’ prices.