On Tuesday evening Charlie Palmer's Metrazur reopened it's doors, er, balcony at Grand Central Terminal. The brasserie got a sleek re-design while we were away this summer and is welcoming guests back with specials including a $39 per person Saturday dinner menu that include a bottle of wine per couple and Tuesday night Ladies Night that we're particularly excited about- $4-5 glasses of wine all night and food specials still to be ironed out.
We'll never deny being interested in wine but Metrazur takes it to another level. Since opening Aureole in Las Vegas with a four story skyscraper like sculpture made entirely of wine bottles and then CP Steak in Washington DC with the 10,000 bottle strong wine cube there had to be something here. The wine case at Metrazur is beautiful, sleek and sophisticated with wine at all angles against the sweeping curve. The most prominent and eye-catching labels are the ICS (International Conspiracy of Sommeliers), the California wines chosen and mixed by a group of sommeliers just for Charlie Palmer's restaurants. Everything, actually, is specific to the restaurants, down to the label with a chef modeled on the designer's husband- the DC restaurant's chef.
Metrazur, named for a train that ran along the Cote d'Azur to Monaco, serves Mediterranean food in a progressive way using American ingredients, right done to California olive oils. We tried amazing seafood, braised lamb with bergamot and panna cotta that refreshed our belief in humanity for that moment.
Try Metrazur to see the main concourse from an entirely different perspective. We'd also vote this the best place to impress your new girlfriend's out of town parents.
Grand Central Terminal, East Balcony