Taste of the Terminal returns to Grand Central Terminal this week, with FREE tastings, giveaway samples and special discounts on purchases from restaurants and shops, including Shake Shack and Origins, even wine and cheese.
The annual Taste of the Terminal event is in Vanderbilt Hall, 11AM to 2PM and includes live music performances by some of the subway musicians part of the Music Under New York program, with a rotating list of vendors offering freebies and discounts.
Unlike last year, when Taste of the Terminal was every Monday for the month of April, the 2017 version is three straight days, tomorrow, July 11th through Thursday, July 13th, and only during lunchtime (Last year there also were happy hour giveaways beteen 4PM and 7PM).
What is likely not to change from last year are the lines for free samples, which can be anywhere from a minute or two to 15 minutes or more, depending on which merchant is offering free samples and what time you go. Our suggestion is to get their early, before the lunch crowd and before a vendor runs out of freebies.
Here’s the schedule for Taste of the Terminal 2017:
|Tuesday, July 11||
|Wednesday, July 12||
|Thursday, July 13||
Full List of Samples & Items for Sale
- FREE: Aroma sensory journey
- FREE: Croissants
- For Sale: Baked goods like croissants, pain au chocolat, danishes, chouquettes, focaccia
- FREE: Cold-brew coffee
- For Sale: Bottles of cold-brew coffee
- FREE: samples of wine
- FREE: Juices and smoothies
- FREE: Assorted chocolates
- For Sale: Boxes of Pecan chews, salted caramels, butter crunch, almond bark ($9 to $12)
- FREE: Assorted cheeses, crackers, jam
- For Sale: Assorted cheeses, crackers, jam
- FREE: Olive oil & vegetable spread samples
- For Sale: Specialty oils and seasonings
- FREE: Cold-brew coffee
- For Sale: Bags of coffee
- FREE: Ginzing moisturizer samples
- FREE: French fries
- For Sale: Custard, bottled water, lemonade, apple juice, Shake Shack Bombas Socks
- FREE: Assorted sushi
- FREE: Fashion jewelry
- For Sale: Jewelry & accessories
- FREE: Koozies, stickers
- FREE: Fortune cookies
More about Music Under New York
More than 350 individual performers and ensembles participate in more than 7,500 performances in approximately 30 locations throughout the transit system annually. A variety of performers entertain the public, such as classical strings, jazz ensembles, world music bands, folk, a cappella groups, singer-songwriters and more, playing instruments ranging from Gambian kora, Korean drum, West Indian steel drums, Andean pipes, cello, Celtic and baroque harps to guitars, violins, hammered dulcimers and musical saws.