Among the many food courts that have popped up across the city in the last few years, Urban Space Vanderbilt is our favorite. It’s easy to get to, within sprinting distance of Grand Central Terminal, and it brings together an all-star list of food purveyors, including Brooklyn favorites like Roberta’s Pizza and Red Hook Lobster Pound. The best reason to stop in, however, is Amali Mou, the diminutive version of Amali 20 blocks north. Not only are the gyros the best this side of Athens, with meat from Cascun Farms in upstate NY, but there’s a full wine list, which sommelier Frankie Mace has packed with serious pours from around the world. Grab a glass of sparkling xinomavro or split of Ramnista Naoussa at lunch, or colonize one of the picnic tables with a group of friends and order off the bottle list.
April 2017 Update: Amali Mou ups the upscale food-court game with a drinks list that runs from Aperol Spritz to bottles of Canary Islands malvasia and Portuguese touriga. Order a gyro while you’re at it— the best this side of Athens.