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Amtrak Opens Full-Service Bar at Metropolitan Lounge in NYC

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Amtrak recently opened the Metropolitan Lounge at New York’s Moynihan Train Hall, an expansion of the loathed Penn Station that provides access to Amtrak and commuter rail services.

The new lounge space features modern seating, gleaming restrooms, ticketing assistance, and a cafe area. When the lounge initially opened, Amtrak was limited in what it could offer due to COVID-19 restrictions, but now it’s finally opened the lounge’s full-service bar.

Here are all the details:

The Bar at the Metropolitan Lounge

While most of the lounge’s offerings — including made-to-order coffees, soft drinks, water, pastries, salads, desserts, and more — remain complimentary, items from the bar will have to be purchased, a deviation from most airline-operated lounges that offer at least some alcoholic beverages at no charge.

There will be several premium food offerings, as well as a selection of beverages — including several popular liquors and complimentary mixers.

Here’s what you can roughly expect to pay for a selection of items:

  • Cocktails: $12 to $13
  • Liquor: $12 to $14
  • Beer: $9 to $12
  • Wine: $10 to $16 per glass
  • Premium food: $12 to $23

With regard to food, guests will be able to choose from 4 options:

  • Margarita pizza flatbread
  • Chicken Alfredo pasta
  • Charcuterie plate
  • “Artisan” cheese plate

To order any food or bar beverages, simply place the order with the staff member at the bar. You’ll be charged there and your items will be prepared.

Amtrak Lounge Food Display
The Metropolitan Lounge in NYC will now offer a staffed bar along with premium food for purchase. Image Credit: Amtrak

Lounge Information and Access

The Metropolitan Lounge is open from 5 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Eligible users of the lounge include:

This lounge isn’t designed just for departures, so you’re able to access it before and/or after your journey.

Hot Tip: Check out our complete guide to Amtrak station lounges, including locations, hours, and more.

Final Thoughts

Amtrak envisions its Metropolitan Lounge to be a place where people can gather before or after train trips to socialize, work, or both. The addition of these for-purchase beverages and rotating food offerings from its new full-service bar should certainly help achieve that goal.

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About James Larounis

James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.

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