One space is roughly 12,000 square-feet and located on the west side of Vanderbilt Hall. The marble floors used to serve as the waiting room and has been used for special events.
The other section that will be available for lease is the area above the Grand Central Market. The 4,700 square-foot space that is currently being used for storage will become a place where diners can enjoy a meal and a view from the balcony looking over the market.
Grand Central Terminal is the second most-visited place in New York City. With 750,000 visitors per day, plus the increased foot traffic that will come with the Terminal's centennial celebration in February, these vacant spots are any restauranteur's dream.
Neither spaces has been leased to any restaurant yet but the MTA is looking to fill them with a "farm-to-table" concept or a SoHo-brasserie-Balthazar-type spot. The decision will be made by year's end so that the restaurants can open in 2013.