It’s Japan Week, and Grand Central Terminal, which is turning 100 this year, is partnering up with Tokyo Station for a “Japanese pop-up bar” in the Vanderbilt Hall that is not just about doing sake bombs. There will be exquisite ekiben bento boxes—fancy to-go meals that are served all over Japan at transportation hubs and are more Masa than McDonalds. Thirsty for a buzz? There will be traditional tachinomiya, or standing bars, selling jizake, a local sake or rice wine. And for aspiring show-offs or Sephora junkies, there is a geisha makeup demonstration by Ms. Satomi Shiroma, one among only 10 masters of this art in all of Japan. The event runs for three days, but we suggest you practice pronouncing arigato (lost in translation? It means “thank you”) and get there early before all the sake has been slurped up.
Grand Central Terminal, 89 East 42nd Street, (212) 340-3404, 8am-11pm.