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Grand Central Oyster Bar

Grand Central Oyster Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.oysterbarny.com
  • Phone: (212) 490-6650
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 9:30pm; Saturday: 12:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Sandy Ingber
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Can accommodate parties of up to 1000.
  • Private Party Contact: OBManager@oysterbarny.com (212) 490-6650

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Vanderbilt and Lexington
  • Public Transit: Metro North; 4,5,6,7; Times Square Shuttle
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: There are various parking lots in the neighborhood.
A word from Grand Central Oyster Bar
A New York landmark with Guastivino tiled vaulted ceilings. There are two dining rooms open for reservations and walk-ins. The oyster bar, lounge, bar, and counter seating are open to first-come first-serve customers. There are 450 seats for you to choose from and we offer 25-30 varieties of the freshest oysters and seafood. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had high expectations. Building is amazing but service too rushed and impersonal. Attendant cleared my husbands plate before I had finished and swept my plate away as soon as the spoon hit the dish. They rushed us through and the bill was on the table as soon as we declined a desert so I would not recommend anyone to eat there I am afraid. We won't be going back. There Are so many other places in New York where the staff are pleasant and take time to serve you in a relaxed manner. It was expensive fast food."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Grand Central Oyster Bar is a great lunch spot in the midst of a sightseeing day. The fried oyster appetizer was very good. Lobster roll, crab cakes, with sides of fries and slaw. Fun, good food, seemed to be locals and tourist. Appropriately fast service, but did not feel rushed. Pleasant server with the right amount of attention to our needs. "
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "When we visited NY had to try this place. Oysters were so good. Too bad the rest of the meal was not. Fish very dry and side dishes bland. It was a fun experience though."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Since this place was recommended to me, I knew what to expect. We have decided to eat some very light dinner with chowder and some oyster selection. Everything was fresh and good. I will recommend this place to my friends."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The Oyster Bar Restaurant located in Grand Central Terminal in NYC is like a trip back in time, with beautiful vaulted ceilings and a bustling atmosphere. The food, however, is terrific, especially if you are a seafood fan. Our entrees were fresh and well-presented, and something called a "pan roast," a combination of fresh seafood in a tasty bisque, was outstanding."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I love this place because I'm an oyster fanatic. The restaurant is beautiful but it is so big the service tends to lack. The dinners are a bit overpriced so I would recommend hitting the bar and making it all about the oysters!"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Tonight I ordered hamachi (seared) and was served something that was the well-done end of a not-fresh fish. My dining companion ordered broiled Scottish ocean trout with paintains and chipotle cilantro beurre blanc but was served something with capers. I could not help but notice the two tourists on the table to my right. who came in after us and left before us, leaving most of their fish on their plates. The Grand Central Oyster Bar should be ashamed. I have eaten at 200+ New York restaurants in the last several years (reservations on Open Table). This was among the worse. The manager apologized, noting they were busy."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "It turns out, this is much more of a touristy restaurant than one for foodies"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Once a year, in season, I enjoy the shad and roe menu offering."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The Oyster Bar had very good service, the food is just ok."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food and service were good. To move to outdstanding server needed to be morr atteentive and food seasoned slightly better."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I cannot remember a more noisy restaurant than this one. I used to go for pan roasts all the time. It was fine for sitting at the counter. But to sit down with a few friends, you have to expect not to hear them speak mostly. Maybe there is a technology for noise cancellation. The foods good, the staff is attentive and professional. The place is cool, all that is good but the noise the noise. Also, one of the hosts was indifferent and rude. Even though I had a reservation, he asked me if I had one and then walked away from me. Another one was nice enough to assist. Maybe he couldn't hear me."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Great ambiance, greeting was poor, very frosty Maitre'D. Oysters still very good, Main courses Good well cooked fish but very poor vegetables and sauces."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Love the Oyster Bar, food & service are always amazing - be warned though, it's a very loud space with bad acoustics so you may have trouble hearing your date."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Didn't dine in the end. Had a 9:00pm reservation which we needed to push to 9:30 not an unusual time for Europe! However the kitchen closed at 9:30.....very strange for the "city that never sleeps" I found the staff at the front desk quite rude and patronizing so we decided to skip dinner. Wouldn't recommend this establishment."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The Oyster Bar at Grand Central Station is always wonderful. I have been coming for over 30 years. The best and most comprehensive seafood offering in NYC. This is a real New York experience."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The Oyster Bar at Grand Central in unmatched when it comes to wines, fish and seafood in an historic and beautiful space. While it may be populated with large number of tourists, no local should ever miss it."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Oyster Bar has lost none of its energetic charm. Lunch In the historic Guastavino tiled chamber with that huge daily menu of so many seafood possibilities met many pleasant memories. Crab cakes were outstanding, better than those in Maryland. Staff really hustles to get the meal on the table. A destination whether or not one is planning a train trip."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Visited for the first time this week. Was pleasantly surprised at the food quality and service given its location in busy GCT. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Our lunch was one of the highlights of a long awaited trip to New York"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The man who took us to our table didn't look very happy or welcoming. Our waiter was OK, if a bit in a hurry. We ate oysters, sole meuniere and black cod. It was probably the best fish & seafood meal we have had in years (except for a dinner in La Trainera, in Madrid)."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "You simply cannot beat the quality or selection of oysters at GCOB. Raw or fried you always want to double your order after you taste the first one. Always on my "to-do" list when visiting NY."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This is a convenient place to meet people and the atmosphere is pleasant. On a recent early Friday evening, we sailed in five minutes after our reserved time. Desk people were accommodating. The advantage of the slow-but-friendly service was we could take our time to visit and exchange news. No rush to move us out. But the food was really uneven. Manhattan clam chowder was great. Smoked trout with horseradish cream appetizer was flavorless. The catfish daily special was tasty, but the Ecuadorean tuna over arugula daily special, requested 'medium' was served in generous strips that ranged from sushi-rare to medium and the arugula was a soggy mess. Cheesecake dessert was passable."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Careless staff, mediocre food, dirty run down bathrooms, whole place looks like it needs a good clean and sprucing up. Tired."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Very good seafood and nice place in Grand Central Station. Is casual but with special atmosphere with more than 100 years of tradition. The Manhattan soup and Rockefeller Oyster one of the best plates. I really enjoy this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Over a century old, the Oyster Bar is a quintessential, classic New York experience. The fish was superbly prepared; large portions, and the menu options were vast. This is definitely the seafood lover's restaurant of restaurants. Little choice for landlubbers, but there are options. I also highly recommend the Oyster-tini and the Bloody Mary with an oyster in it. Prices rather good for seafood."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Perhaps my expectations were unrealistic as this is a very large restaurant with a huge menu which makes it almost impossible to provide truly excellent food. But still, the Blue Point oysters were only so so and the monk fish watery and tasteless. Waiter plain forgot to bring out the chowder we had ordered. But the place is a relic of the past and as such a nice place to be."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "An iconic place - but the service and food live up to the location. and as a pre show choice it was good - we told the waiter we had to leave and the meals came out in very good time to allow us to get away. Tuna steak on Wednesday night was very good. A great wine list, could do with more choices available by the glass and the addition of some aromatics like, say, NZ or Alsatian Riesling... Best latte I had in NYC - I can't understand how in such a great city it is so hard to get a decent coffee - Starbucks is such a waste of time."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • ",Before the renovation we ate at the counter food was great. went there for dinner Tuesday night, the calamari was a little tough, popcorn shrimp were underwhelming. Guests with me though enjoyed their coconut shrimp and fried oysters."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This is a classic NY Seafood joint not to be missed. Location, location... located in the lower level of Grand Central, it has stunning vaulted ceilings and a fun old school casual vibe. Food and service are good - it is not fine dining , but it is a fun experience."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I love the Oyster Bar and chose it for my birthday celebration this year and last, the latter also being Grand Central's 100th birthday. All tables but one were taken in the Saloon, ours, held held for our 7pm reservation, and the same table, same waiter as last year. We ordered a variety of eight oysters to share (amongst three), then one ordered tuna, one bluefish (a Californian who misses the East Coast) and shellfish platter (my choice) with oysters, clams, shrimp and NZ mussels. Chocolate sundae with vanilla ice cream and a spiced pear apple crisp for dessert. Everything was wonderful except the tuna, ordered somewhat rare, and it came cooked through but still very tasty and the only and only criticism. The place has a great buzz."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We were very disjointed. Fish was unflavored. Bouillabaisse - salty and strangely flavored broth, and shellfish over cooked. Creme caramel was nice. Although convenient to theatre, we will not return"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I love this place, so NYCish, great coquillage and lobster. The main hall entrance view is astonishing."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Oysters are a must and worth it. Entrees and crab salads were fresh and full of flavor."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Walking trough Grand Central to the funky front doors of the Oyster Bar gives you chills! Enjoy and savor the incredible food and the old-school service."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Amazing location and reputation and had great lunch there once before ! Dinner service was terrible Friday night last Food good Could not hear anyone and had to shout Waiter was not attentive and helpful at all bordering rude Is this what we get in NYC in 2014 ?"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "It took a long time to get water and for the waiter to make an appearance. After the meal, he was hovering near the table, waiting for the credit card. Then he disappeared and we couldn't find him when we wanted to pay. We had to flag down another waiter and tell him we wanted to pay. He took my credit card and my waiter brought it back and mumbled something, which I guess was "thank you.""
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Slow service, average food- went for the chowder which was highly recommended but overall thin with little olavor. Had a table of 7 persons, tried many different dishes, but not one of them really stood out. Did not care for the clams casino and the lobster roll was dry. With so many great offerings in NYC, better to cross this one off your list"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Great, iconic restaurant. Arctic Char was extremely good! However, Manhattan Clam Chowder tasted very different and nowhere as good as last time I had it two yrs ago -- tasted more like a tomatoey minestrone with a few very tiny clam bits. Plus, it was served warm, not hot -- soup was a disappointment."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Grand Central Oyster Bar has long been a New York institution, and we are happy to see that the two-month renovation is over. The crab cake special on Wednesday remains one of our favorites. And we love to take visiting foodies to the Oyster Bar, if only to see their expressions when they are confronted with the long list of (excellent) wines from around the world."
    Dined on 3/26/2014