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The Campbell Apartment - 38 Reviews - 15 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY - Construction & Repair Reviews - Phone (212) 953-0409

The Campbell Apartment

15 Vanderbilt Ave (at In Grand Central Terminal, Midtown East & Murray Hill)
New York, NY 10017
(212) 953-0409
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The Campbell Apartment - New York, NY
The Campbell Apartment - New York, NY
The Campbell Apartment - New York, NY
The Campbell Apartment - New York, NY


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Some friends and I took a trip to NYC in April 2009 and The Campbell Apartment was the first place we went for a cocktail. Not only had a friend who used to live in NYC recommend...


There are a lot of really nice bars in New York City. There are a good number of bars that will make good tasting classic cocktails. There are many bars that have some sort of dre...

Editorial review from Citysearch 2/26/2014

My go to pick for a midday client drink. The location is the obvious draw for such an occasion, the drinks are expertly made, and the atmosphere is perfect for a meeting. more

Editorial review from Citysearch 12/23/2013

Campbell Apartment is my favorite bar to entertain out of town clients. It's a lovely after dinner spot to have a cocktail and see people off in Grand Central. The drinks are expertly made and the decor is cozy and comfortable. more

dress code. 8/17/2012

loose the no shorts policy in your dress code and dont let all the drunk santa's in during the holiday bar crawl. you have double standards and they are not fair more

Quite lovely 5/21/2010

The space is great. End of story. Now I understand that people will be upset at the hostess for her ""discretion"" however, I am extremely thankful for this so I am not sitting there enjoying my drink with business partners and have Hank and Peggy Hill sporting their Birkenstock open toe - thank god for the white socks- mosey on up beside us taking pics for facebook. This is still Manhattan - even if it is in Grand Central Terminal. Pros: The space Cons: None really except it's north of 14th street ;) more

Surprised by the poor reviews--I was impressed! 2/3/2010

Some friends and I took a trip to NYC in April 2009 and The Campbell Apartment was the first place we went for a cocktail. Not only had a friend who used to live in NYC recommend it, another friend from CT suggested it as well and even met us there. When we got to the lounge, we were promptly seated (at 6:30 on a Friday night when it was starting to fill up with the afterwork crowd) by a hostess as pleasant as she was beautiful. Our waitress was even better--professional, prompt, friendly--just a doll! She even offered to take a picture of us before we left, which we loved even if we did look like tourists. The drinks were amazing, the people watching was worth it (there is no eye candy better than a man in a suit who knows how to wear it!) and the service was spectacular. Perhaps they've changed the dresscode since then (which I happily welcome and will dress accordingly when I visit again), but I have the picture to prove that everyone in my party was in jeans (except for my CT friend who was coming from work) and the staff did not even blink. I am returning to NYC next week, this time with my husband for a Valentine's Day weekend trip. The Campbell Apartment will be our first stop. Pros: Beautiful, charming, pleasant staff Cons: Not a one more

Teste 1/19/2010

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The worst service. 1/13/2010

The service here is the worst of any bar I've been to in the past 10 years. Rude at the door, rude waiters. I love cool bars, but good service is paramount. You won't get it here. Go somewhere else. Pros: I can't get past the bad service Cons: Service is awful more

Great Space, But Look and Leave Quickly!!!!! 11/23/2009

Overpriced, rude, really rude, never had anyone be more rude. I could go on, but. life is too short and hopefully management of this gem will be too. Pros: Architecture Cons: Everything else more

20s speak easy in Grand Central 10/28/2009

Intimate, low lit place with the best 20s atmosphere - staff, music and drinks fit the bill too.... and that was on a Tuesday night! Pros: Great atmosphere, service, decor Cons: Little pricey but worth it more

Really unique 7/10/2009

Went there there on a thursday with friends and was amazed at how beautiful the room was. The place was packed but it really does feel like a secret in grand central. The hostess's were lovely and professional and after a drink at the bar we were seated near the front of the room.The only problem was are server who was wearing a suit instead of a cocktail dress like everyone else. she was very cold and abrubt and wouldn't smile at all. but who knows everyone has a bad day right? that aside I am looking forward to coming back for another drink. (and hopefully another waitress) Pros: lovely ambiance, great drinks Cons: Pricey, bad waitress more

Is the owner reading these posts? 3/11/2009

Although the space is great and very convenient, the hideous door staff are a real turn off - to the extent that I have stopped coming here and have steered my friends away. I have seen these gum chewing trogoldytes give perfectly acceptable trying-hard tourists the rudest up-and-down. Even if the place is misguidedly trying to create some kind of club vibe (ridiculous given the location and demographic), no responsible and/or decent owner would allow doorpeople to behave like that. I even saw a too-cool-for-midtown woman with a broken foot get turned away because she was wearing... ONE SNEAKER on her broken foot. Pros: Lovely space Cons: Trashy staff more

Nice space, poor service 12/31/2008

Tried to get a drink after work during the holidays. We were not permitted to sit down because we were not waiting for dinner. We will not return despite the beautiful surroundings. Pros: surroundings Cons: no eat no seat policy more

Beautiful Space, Delicious Specialty Drinks, Romantic Date Spot! 11/20/2008

The Campbell Apartment is the PERFECT, most UNIQUE, ROMANTIC space in midtown and the entire city. I came the other night with my husband and the sweet hostess explained they were finishing up with a private event and would be opening shortly and if we liked we could start with a glass of wine at the Parlor bar and move inside once the bar was clean. She held a table for us and came and got us right away when the bar was setup. We had a comfy seat in front of the fireplace with a great view of the room. I definitely reccommend their new Apisco Sour cocktail. I've never had anything like it before. Working in the hospitality business myself, I really appreciated the staff's ATTENTION to us while they were very busy. We loved the Campbell Apartment and will definitely be back soon Pros: Ambience, Specialty drinks and ingredients, Service Cons: Call ahead and double check if there is a private party more


I appreciate a place with good service but this place has the RUDEST and the most OBNOXIOUS hostesses you'll ever come across. I was appalled the moment I stepped foot in this place which I was looking forward to checking out with some friends. My advice to you all...STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE! Don't waste your time. Spread the word. And my advice to the Management...hire staff with better manners! Btw, if I could rate this place below 1 star...I would! Bottom line...NOT RECOMMENDED. more

disgustingly rude 10/23/2008

I have lived in Manhattan for 12 years and have NEVER been treated as rudely at any establishment as I was at Campbell Apartment -- which, until this incident, I used to like. I was meeting friends at Campbell and arrived there first. I walked in and went to one of the seats toward the back and sat down. The server very clearly saw me and proceeded to deliberately ignore me, going to the groups on either side of me. (I am a polished, attractive professional, so nothing in my appearance or demeanor should have caused such rudeness.) As my friends were about 20 minutes late, she passed and ignored me multiple times - I would try to signal or call out, and she'd look right through me or pretend she hadn't heard. When my friends arrived, they came over and sat down -- but not without attracting the attention of the hostess, who made a beeline to our table and proceeded to tell one of my friends, who was pregnant, that she was not allowed in the bar because she was wearing sneakers (though she had on business attire otherwise). We were in the back corner and my friend promised she would keep her feet hidden under the table. No matter - the woman insisted that we leave and wouldn't move until we did. I then noted the rudeness of the server who had ignored me for 20 minutes, and the hostess said, in an extremely snotty tone, ""That's because we didn't seat you."" Angered, I took my friends across the street to the Yale Club and have since then boycotted Campbell and have convinced others to do the same. more

You'd think they were charging you to be rude 9/22/2008

My wife was meeting up with my friends and I for an afterwork drink. We were already there having our drinks and some food. When my wife got to the door she was greeted by a very rude, very snooty hostess named Lisa who flat out refused to let her in,... even to inform us she couldn't get in!!!! That's right, no offer to kindly wait while she informed us of the tragic dress code infraction and that my wife was waiting at the entrance, nothing,.. except a whole lot of unnecessary attitude,.. thanks Lisa. more

Foolish Dress Code 8/15/2008

We've been to the The Campbell Apartment many times in the past, and last night we were meeting friends already at the bar. The maitre'd/host/ bouncer,big rude guy,stopped us in our tracks and would not let us in because of my serious fashion error. How was I dressed? Jeans? t-shirt? sandals? No none of those... more

Elegant surroundings, great drinks, 6/23/2008

I am a regular at the Campbell apts and for the last four years I can say that 99% of the time my experience there has been very positive. The drinks are well made, the waitresses are cute and the bartenders are nice..and cute as well. They have a strict dress code so dress to impress and no sneakers or sandals for men. The wine is decent and the drink concoctions are to be applauded. The maitre'd/host/ bouncer (whatever he is) is extremely stuffy and would do better in his native England. Pros: Stunning atmosphere, no riff raff, old world romance, attractive staff, awesome drinks Cons: Snooty uptight maitre'd, no sandals allowed, expensive more

Rude and noisy 5/27/2008

Noisy, crowded to the point of not being able to actually appreciate the surroundings and too expensive to be treated rudely and not be able to hear the people you are sitting with. Subtle discrimination against anyone over 40 and those without the right 'look'--a certain crowd is welcomed there and others are not. There are many places in NYC with much better atmosphere, service and inclusiveness. Skip this place without regret. more

A definite winner! 5/15/2008

A friend introduced me to The Campbell Apartment last evening. What an awesome place! Friendly smiles from all of the staff. Great decor. Fast bar service despite the crowd. Definitely on my A list now. Crowded? Yes. A little pricey? Sure. You can get both of those in many other NYC locales that have much less to offer. Definitely a must for anyone, especially a real NYer! Pros: Something you have to experience Cons: None for me more
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  • The Campbell Apartment in Grand Central Terminal is truly a spectacular one-of-a-kind space (within a one-of-a-kind space). Formerly the luxurious office and salon of '20's mogul John W. Campbell, this fully refurbished space revives the lifestyle of that storied era. The breathtaking interior features intricate architectural details and craftsmanship including extensive woodwork, a balcony, a decorative beamed ceiling, an immense leaded glass exterior window, and a massive stone fireplace.

    Conveniently located in Grand Central Terminal, The Campbell Apartment is ideal for weddings, bachelor parties, bridal showers, engagement parties and, of course, corporate events. The space can accommodate up to 125 guests for a cocktail reception and 75 guests for a seated dinner.


  • Popular as it's become, this vast lounge inside a corner of Grand Central Terminal always feels like a secret. The 25-foot-high room, which in the 1920s housed the office and reception hall of John...

  • 3/25/2005 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Thu 3pm-1am Fri-Sat 3pm-2am Sun 4:30pm-11pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, American Express, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown Center, Midtown