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Grand Central: The Open Sesame Bagel Tour

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    Stop At: Grand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd Street, New York City, NY 10017-5503

    A triumph of architecture and transportation for its era, Grand Central has been renowned as a premier destination for more than 100 years. Trains such as the 20th Century Limited set the highest standard of luxury travel for its time. Granted landmark status in 1976, Grand Central remains one of New York’s great tourist destinations with many stories to tell.

    These days, the terminal is also a destination for deliciousness exhibited at an exceptional range of top food establishments. A special variety of these yummy delights can be experienced at Grand Central Market and at several eateries on the lower level dining concourse.

    Begin the tour with everyone receiving a hot fresh bagel, the iconic symbol of New York! We then explore the terminal beginning with the main concourse, move on to the Vanderbilt Waiting Room, and go outside and look at the famous facade of the terminal. Visit the famous Campbell Apartment (even very few New Yorkers know it exists!) and on to such sites as the Kissing Room and Whispering Gallery.

    Stop At: Campbell Apartment, 15 Vanderbilt Ave Grand Central Terminal, New York City, NY 10017-3815

    Campbell Apartment

    Stop At: Ben's Bagel Tours, 140 E 28th St Apt 11E 10016, New York City, NY 10016-8194

    Ben's Bagel Tours

    Stop At: Grand Central Market, 89 E 42nd St Grand Central Terminal, New York City, NY 10017-5503

    Grand Central Market
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Grand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA
    1h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Breakfast - Continental breakfast
    • Local guide
    • Entry/Admission - Grand Central Terminal
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum age is 18 years
    Cancellation Policy
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    Growing up in the New York suburbs, living in Connecticut, working in NYC for a while, I have been in Grand Central Terminal countless times. This 90 minute tour was jam-packed with information I had never considered as part of the 700,000 people passing through the Terminal
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    Response from Benjamin W, Owner at Grand Central: The Open Sesame Bagel Tour
    Responded 30 Oct 2019
    Wow! Thank you so much! And thank you for Shmearing the word about Ben’s Bagel Tours
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    Ben was great, very knowledgeable and took his time explaining the history. Born NYC native and knew his stuff!
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    Ben Wagenberg may be the most knowledgeable bagel expert around. And he knows an enormous amount about NYC and its history as well. Put the two together and the result is a really great and unusual "bagel tour." You get a super fresh bagel and after an extensive tour of Grand
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    When they say insights, they mean information. This does not take you to the back of the public areas or something like that. Ben is, however, the greatest tour guide, but I would recommend a container to storage the bagels instead of just taking them out of a bag in your duffel
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    Response from Benjamin W, Manager at Grand Central: The Open Sesame Bagel Tour
    Responded 16 May 2019
    Thank you Gabriel. We are always improving our presentation and great to hear "the greatest tour guide" comment. That means alot.
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    Ben was extremely knowledgeable and shared with my partner and I fascinating insights into this amazing station.
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    About the operator
    By: Ben's Bagel Tours
    Angel L
    So much fun with Bagels!
    The tour was great. First we walked around Herald Square. I’d been there so many times, but had never heard the
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    Travel lover
    Complete scam. Didn’t make bagels or even have really anything to do with bagels. Walked around midtown for an
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    Berna J
    Abbotsford, Australia
    Bagel ‘making’ tour
    To be honest, this was more ‘walk’ around and hear about Macy’s and other landmarks than anything else. We met at
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    Learned a lot about the Lower East Side
    This was a cool tour. We came in expecting it to be about bagels, but it was more about the immigrant-filled
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    Fairfield, Connecticut
    What a Great Tour!!!
    Growing up in the New York suburbs, living in Connecticut, working in NYC for a while, I have been in Grand
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    New York City, New York
    Interesting and Delicious!
    I took this tour with my sister and it was phenomenal! Ben was full of knowledge, both about bagels and the
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    Who knew where bagels came from?
    Ben combines the history of the area around Ess-a-Bagel - Herald Square, Macy's, the original Gimbels building,
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    Matthew F
    New York City, New York
    Great Day of History and Bagels
    Great tour of the Herald Square area followed by a unique and educational tour of Ess-a-Bagel store. Behind the
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    P Landry
    LOVED the walking tour for Ben's Bagels - Interesting & Tasty!!
    This is so fun, for the family and fascinating as a participant! Delicious and engrossing, if you think you know
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    Renee D.
    New York City, New York
    Wonderful Bagel Tour with Ben
    Highly recommend this tour to get both history of the city and a birds eye view of how to make bagels. It is
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