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Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

American Restaurant

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Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant194
seafood • clam chowder • fresh oysters • scallops

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  • Photo of Amanda Santo
    a year ago
    Mad man
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  • Photo of Nic Brown
    a year ago
    With its vaulted, tiled ceilings, fresh seafood, and multiple little bars—including one behind swinging saloon doors—it’s a delight. You might see suited men at one bar kicking back whiskey before hopping on the Westchester trains, letting their wives’ calls go straight to voicemail. At another, locals and tourists sit shoulder-to-shoulder over icy plates of super-fresh clams and oysters. This place is straight out of Mad Men—in the very best way. 
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  • Photo of Bob Matsuoka
    2 years ago
    Of course.
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  • Photo of Travel + Leisure
    2 years ago
    Opened in 1913, tucked in the vaulted subterranean chambers of Grand Central Station, the Oyster Bar serves two million bivalves a year.
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  • Photo of Travel + Leisure
    2 years ago
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  • Photo of Nic Brown
    2 years ago
    For the ladies, a vivid red leather couch shaped like a pair of lips. Men are left to sit while they spin in a chair shaped like a baseball mitt — play balls, indeed.
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  • Photo of spoiled NYC
    2 years ago
    This little spot opened in 1913. You know, pre-WWI, pre-prohibition, pre-depression…no big deal, right? Grand Central Terminal (otherwise known as an engineering masterpiece in its day) opened its doors at the same time as the Grand Central Oyster Bar. 
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  • Photo of Citymaps
    2 years ago
    Still around.
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  • Photo of Infatuation
    2 years ago
    For Grand Central commuters workers, it doesn’t get more convenient than one of the oldest, most storied restaurants in NYC. Grand Central Oyster Bar has one of the biggest daily selection of oysters anywhere in NYC.
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  • Photo of Aisha  Scammell
    2 years ago
    Beautiful interior and good quality seafood, unfortunately the positives can't extend to the wait staffs attitude. Worst we encountered in NYC. Such a shame as ruins what could be a great experience.
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  • Photo of Ruth Reichl
    3 years ago
    We would never dream of eating at the tables; most of the food on the menu is depressingly dreary. Instead we sit at the counter; Bob has oyster stew while I put away as many different kinds of of clams and oysters as I possibly can.
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  • Photo of Anthony Bourdain
    3 years ago
    Good luck. The places I'm thinking of just happen to be institutions. They just happen to be old. Newer, more pragmatic enterprises couldn't or wouldn't do what they're doing.
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  • Photo of Gael Greene
    3 years ago
    I want to treat my secret lover to a holiday lunch somewhere that feels innocent. - Oysters allegedly being aphrodisiacal – plus the steamy fork play possible at a stolen lunch.
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  • Photo of New York City
    3 years ago
    The Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant first opened its doors way back in 1913, in what was then a brand new, state-of-the-art, Grand Central Station.
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  • Photo of Untapped Cities
    3 years ago
    When Grand Central Terminal‘s anchor restaurant was first established, it was a little behind on New York’s oyster craze. It caught up. It’s perfected the oyster, and now serves 140 seafood dishes.
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  • Photo of Kim Ehlinger
    4 years ago
    Saturday - lunch?
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  • Photo of Bliss
    4 years ago
    It's an OYSTER BAR IN GRAND CENTRAL. So cool.
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  • Photo of Lindsay Kaplan
    4 years ago
    Sit in the saloon!
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  • Photo of Dennis Rainaldi
    4 years ago
    I LOVE this place. Mad men feel with great drinks and more oysters you can eat.
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  • Photo of BRowanTraveller
    20 hours ago
    Iconic venue backed up with a great atmosphere, knowledgeable friendly staff and lovely food. We arrived around 8.45pm on a Saturday night, the restaurant closes at 9.30 and wasn't too busy. We sat at the bar and were served by a very friendly guy who had good knowledge of his drinks. We then ordered the Shellfish Platter with Lobster and it was a delight. Fresh and delicious tasting. Washed down with a lovely chilled bottle of Laurent Perrier Pink Bubbly. Not the cheapest gaff but everything about our visit was class and it's somewhere we would definitely return to.
  • Photo of Reasonable50
    2 days ago
    I love to stop by here even if I am alone or with my husband. My favorite ... the Wellfleet oysters. Stopped by on a quiet Monday and had a fine plate of my favorite at the counter. Have attached a photo. Highly recommend.
  • Photo of TheLiterateChef
    4 days ago
    It's good to return to a great restaurant and feel at home. The venerable Oyster Bar at Grand Central Terminal is still thriving. The bread sticks and rolls are as good as they ever were. The clams casino are scrumptious and the huge menu is filled with the classic standbys of fresh fish, Oyster Pan Roast and Stew, as well as delicious and innovative specials.
  • Photo of Dave G
    6 days ago
    A good friend of mine said we must go to grand central station during rush hour, so we decided to go early and have an early dinner at the oyster bar. The establishment is clean and well maintained. The staff was friendly and efficient. The menu selection is very good, including the various types of oysters they offer. The food quality was good to very good. The reason I didn't give them a higher rating is because of the oysters Rockefeller, they're good but I've definitely have had better. The oysters are a good size but the seasoning was lacking. I'll definitely be back when I'm in New York.
  • Photo of PrestonpansEast
    8 days ago
    The ultimate meal in an Art Decor Railway Station dating back to the 1920's. Book ahead to avoid disappointment. This Fish restaurant specialiazes in Fresh Oysters in Oysters and Seafood from all over America. Fresh Oysters or Fried , Giant Shrimp Salmon ,Sole and their specialty Fresh Lobster from their Display tank in the restaurant. Great Service and Seafood cooked to perfection.
  • Photo of Michael C
    10 days ago
    I loved this place. I can offer you many reasons to go. 1) Because you love oysters. The oyster selection is diverse and very fresh, and the staff are very knowledgeable. I had a mix of east and west coast. The Pemaquid were my favourites. - Highly recommended 2) Because you like fish/seafood. Claudia had calamari while i was eating oysters - and they were perfect. All the dishes we saw looked amazing. And the place is so hectic that you cannot doubt how fast fish sells here and ergo how fresh it is. 3) Because you like iconic architecture. The place looks amazing. It feels like to hasn't changed for decades. 4) because you like an insane busy vibe. If you go here early 0 when the after work - before commute crowd are in you will see a massively busy restaurant. We sat at one of the counters. Great people watching - with a knowledgeable server. 5) if you like saying "I have eaten in some of the worlds most distinctive and iconic places" I really enjoyed my visits here. (we came the day before for a drink with a New Yorker friend after work) I HIGHLY recommend this place.
  • Photo of belean
    11 days ago
    We visited this place twice during our stay in New York, once for a drink and the second time for a meal. The food was excellent and good value compared to other eateries in the city. Although the prices are a little eye watering compared to the UK the food quality is great and we walked out not thinking we had been ripped off. The only criticism we would have is that the service was a little slow to start off with. However, in defence the restaurant was exceptionally busy and our waiter had only recently started. The situation was saved by a more experienced member of staff and we walked away vowing that a recommendation to friends would follow. The setting is very ambient and the experience will not be forgotten for a long time.
  • Photo of Pam S
    12 days ago
    We always sit at the bar, so we can watch the staff shucking the oysters & making the seafood chowder etc. It is a wonderful NY icon and well worth a visit. Who would have thought there are so many different varieties of oysters from around the US, all delicious & well worth trying. After a delicious meal of oysters, a serve of key lime pie is a must! A wonderful experience and you always get to talk to interesting people at the bar. We'll be back!
  • Photo of tms012016
    12 days ago
    You have to try this place at least once. It is like a luncheonette and you are rubbing shoulders with businessmen and laborers. The seafood is fresh and excellent. Don't expect fine dining but that is one of the charming things about it. Oh, and at the entrance are four curved walls in each corner about 25 feet apart. You can face the wall and speak to the person all the way across the hall in a normal voice because of the way the ceiling curves. neat acoustic trick!
  • Photo of ROBERTSMA
    14 days ago
    We had a wonderful experience at the Oyster Bar Restaurant in Grand Central Terminal! (Lucky we went the day we did, as Kate Spade had the entire restaurant booked the next day during Fashion Week!) Husband and I started by sharing Oysters Rockefeller, then a variety of raw oysters on the half shell (based on our waiter's recommendation), and finished by sharing a plate of fried oysters--it sounds like a lot, but was the perfect amount for a couple to share and sample a variety. It's fun to sample different types of oysters and experience their different tastes--who knew George W. Bush and I have the same oyster preference?!? Ha!) Even though the restaurant is inside a train/subway terminal, the main dining area is very pretty inside--amazing what white lights all around can do for a place! (It is worth noting there is another area for seating, downstairs near the restrooms, but it seemed too dark and dreary for me--entirely different look from the rest of the restaurant--maybe perfect if you prefer to dine out of the way and unnoticed?) It's a bit pricey, but well worth a visit in my opinion. We will definitely be returning on our next trip to NYC!
  • Photo of Luis H V
    15 days ago
    I visit New York at least once a year, and used to like the oysters very much. However, quality was not the same, and I always order the same kind. Service was ok, I went for lunch, and there was not too much people. But I will try it once more.
  • Photo of TPB01
    15 days ago
    Grand Central Oyster bar lives up to its reputation. I like that it is tucked away in Grand Central, it's not pretentious, it is touristy, but it's easy to get a spot in the back somewhere where you can enjoy at least 10 choices of oysters and have a martini or a manhattan while catching up w a friend.
  • Photo of Kat_MaeB
    16 days ago
    The architecture is worth the visit on it's own but the food is equally well constructed. Balanced flavors and appealing presentation with well trained wait staff. The wine recommended to go with my entree was an affordable pleasure. You are in good hands in the lovely setting. Enjoy
  • Photo of KBarko
    17 days ago
    Excellent oysters with vast selection. Amazing clam chowder! The service is sub-par and the noise level is extremely high though.
  • Photo of tapoa
    18 days ago
    It was meant to be happy hour and half price oysters, but we got charged full price for them. The service was a bit slow and not particularly friendly (It is New York), but the building is so impressive. The oysters were absolutely lovely and very fresh. The vongole linguine was quite bland and watery so a disappointment.
  • Photo of RMGTravel
    18 days ago
    The Oyster Bar is a large venue with many seating options, from a dining room to a bar or diner setting. The service was attentive and the food was good, not inexpensive, but convenient to Grand Central. My Caesar salad was heavy with dressing (recommend ordering on the side) and my red snapper was a bit over cooked, but overall the meal was fine.
  • Photo of JanetFon
    19 days ago
    It's actually two restaurants and a bar. We had fabulous seafood in the restaurant section along with killer cocktails. The second section is the Oyster Bar with an amazing selection of shellfish. You can drop in and order what you like then get on your train and head home since it's located in Grand Central Station. Excellent seafood. A bit pricey but worth it.
  • Photo of Claudio P
    19 days ago
    If you like oysters (and seafood), don't miss to book a table in this place. A very nice and strange location is waiting for you inside the NYC Grand Central Station. The menu is very rich of specialties from the sea and a special section only for oysters. Strongly recommended!
  • Photo of gene
    20 days ago
    Went here for a quick dinner and was shocked at the rude service....food is fine but with that service forget this one. Extremely noisy but that is just the atmosphere. Prices are high considering the level of service but it is straight up fresh seafood.
  • Photo of Stuart S
    20 days ago
    Grand Central Station is the grand daddy of all train stations in the US. It is always vibrant and colorful and in the center of it is the Oyster Bar which has been serving seafood for decades. The food is always fresh and the decor is grand.

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