The Campbell — New York, USA

Restaurant with designed lamps
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Few places in New York City boast as storied a history as the newly minted bar, The Campbell, which is discreetly hidden in the southwest corner of Grand Central Terminal.

Formerly known as the Campbell Apartment - the private office and reception hall of financier John William Campbell - the Jazz Age institution has been carefully restored and revamped with contemporary touches by architecture and design firm Ingrao Inc to form an evocative watering hole for commuters, tourists and New Yorkers alike.

The venue has been divided into three spaces, of which The Campbell Bar is its most dramatic. Adorned with custom brass sconces, a statuesque bar topped with green quartzite, an intricate, hand-painted ceiling and a mezzanine perch where guests can take in the activity below, this former office is undoubtedly the venue’s showpiece. 

A separate indoor lounge known as The Campbell Palm Court mixes rattan bar stools, café tables and palm trees with a view of the station’s main terminal. Outdoors, The Campbell Terrace is where guests can feel the pulse of the city with the aid of a full bar under a covered veranda. With other historical features including original millwork, a 100-year old leaded glass window, a grand stone fireplace and John Campbell’s personal steel safe, lurking around every corner, it’s only apt that the bar’s menu is just as distinguished, with classic and modern cocktails both getting a look in. 

Restaurant with designed lamps on walls

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Bar with countertop and designed lamps

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Bar with ceiling lamps and tables

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Pei-Ru Keh is a former US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru held various titles at Wallpaper* between 2007 and 2023. She reports on design, tech, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru took a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars, actively seeking out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.