The cavernous and elegant Vanderbilt Hall, in Grand Central Terminal, has recently been home to many temporary displays, holiday retail shops and private events. Now it is moving one step closer to housing its first permanent installation, a food hall and a fine-dining restaurant that would be run by Claus Meyer, the founder of Noma in Copenhagen, considered one of the world's best.
On Friday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the 100-year-old terminal, unveiled the food hall plan, which has been endorsed by a committee charged with vetting proposals for the best use of the marble-floored space that was the station's main waiting room until 1996. On Monday, the Metro-North Railroad committee and the authority's finance committee will hold a preliminary vote on the plan, and on Wednesday, the full board will make its final decision. Aaron Donovan, a spokesman for the authority, said it was "highly unlikely" that the board would reject it.