The one-time office of a millionaire railroad executive has been reborn as one of New York's hottest bars

The Campbell

Sarah Jacobs

Tucked inside New York City's Grand Central Terminal, away from the gazing tourists and hurried passengers, is a commuter's refuge called The Campbell. The newly opened bar and restaurant, run by The Gerber Group, serves classic cocktails in an old-timey space. The decor is an ode to the bar's storied past as a private office to millionaire and railroad executive John Williams Campbell in the 1920s.

Before it became The Campbell, the space was run by Mark Grossich under the name The Campbell Apartment. It was more exclusive, with a dress code and less signage, and the bar was more difficult to find within the massive train station. Under that name, the bar hosted famous guests like President Bill Clinton, George Clooney, and Liam Neeson.

When The Campbell Apartment's owners lost their lease in 2016, having been outbid by The Gerber Group, Grossich unsuccessfully tried to sue the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the terminal.Advertisement

Of the reopening, which now includes three separate, easy-to-find bars within Grand Central, Scott Gerber told the New York Times: "We want people to know about it." Ahead, take a look at the gorgeous bar during one of its busiest times: commuter rush hour.