Grand Central's Secret Bar Just Reopened
Take a quick trip back to the 1920s.
The historic New York City bar re-opened on Wednesday under the direction of the Gerber Group.
The Campbell Apartment dates back to 1923 when John W. Campbell (an early 19th century-era railroad executive) transformed the 25-by-60-foot space into his office, the New York Post reported. He decked it out with a faux stone fireplace with his family’s coat of arms, a grand piano and a chandelier. At night, he would host friends and colleagues in his lavishly-decorated space.
Much of the interior remains the same today, including the Florentine coffered ceiling, hand painted with lions, crowns, and fleur de lys. The only visible changes are new custom furniture (velvet-backed banquettes and leather chairs) and lighting.
Scott Gerber, CEO of Gerber Group, told Travel + Leisure that every single decorating choice had to be approved by the New York Historical Society, as the apartment is a historic city landmark.
“We wanted to make sure that we refreshed it but it’s such an iconic place and people have memories of it,” Gerber told T+L. “We wanted to make sure we were respectful of whatever we did.”
There are a few new changes outside of the apartment. The entire space is split up into three distinct bars. The Palm Court feels a bit more casual, with Rattan bar stools and towering palm trees. The view overlooks Grand Central’s main terminal. Guests can also head to the Campbell Terrace, an outdoor veranda that puts guests face-to-face with the bustle of 43rd Street.
“We really wanted it to look like it did, just feel a bit fresher and newer,” Gerber said.
The bar fare features finger foods, including tuna tartare tacos, meatball sliders and a charcuterie plate. Drinks include a selection of craft beers, wine and signature cocktails.
The bar is now open from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.