Grand Central Oyster Bar

Grand Central Oyster Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.oysterbarny.com/
  • Phone: 2124906650
  • 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 2124906650

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.
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Grand Central Oyster Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
384 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (136)fit for foodies (111)special occasion (94)good for groups (93)neighborhood gem (72)hot spot (39)kid-friendly (36)notable wine list (36)vibrant bar scene (26)great for brunch (22)romantic (22)scenic view (22)late-night find (15)great for outdoor dining (12)Show More
  • Do not reserve a table.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    It was a mistake reserving a table. I was the first one at the restaurant, but I was seated at a half booth with an uncomfortable cushion in a very noisy area. the prices at the bar would have been three times cheaper. My total bill for lunch for two, including tip, but with no dessert, was $83. I am 62, and I never paid this much for lunch.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great dinning experience. Love the place and the food was amazing. Go for the New England clam shower!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • seafood in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We wanted to see Grand Central Station and thought we would try this restaurant. It's very loud and big. The food was excellent. Service was so so. You are seated very close together. We really were not impressed and wouldn't go back. Very expensive.
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  • Excellent Oysters
    1234
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Oyster Bar is one of my favorite places--and the only place to eat oysters--in NYC. Have eaten here hundreds of times; but, had not been here since the recent closing. Can't tell what changed-which is good. Sit at the soup counter, don't waste your time with the restaurant. Giga cup oysters were wonderful and briney. Cold shellfish platter was a yummy assortment. Whole bronzino was flavorful, but was disappointed that no filet service was given or offered at the table. Try the Grand Central Oyster-tini.
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  • Pricey food/ horrifying service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I get it, the place is a tourist trap and the servers probably get shafted by all of the Europeans who don't understand tipping, but for the price, the service should have been emaculate. We waited about 25 minutes before our server even greeted us and about 45 minutes before we even got the check and didn't see him once except to clear plates. I observed that our server had 5 tables with a total of 12 guests. 3 of the 5 tables were waiting for their check. I'm not sure if he had tables in another section. The food was ok. It was basically pub grub. We got a couple appetizers, 5 dozen oysters, and a few drinks.If you're there to see the gustsvino tiles and vaults get a drink and sit at the bar.
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  • new york treasure
    eatress
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Oysters galore. Only the start of many brilliant meals. Delectable mains and sides. Exceptional wine list if pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A problem
    OldNewYorker
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    When we made our reservation on OpenTable we requested quiet seating for a hearing impaired member of our party. When we arrived on time we were told the room that is considered the quietest was full, meaning our request was not honored. I love the Oyster Bar but anyone who has been there knows how loud the main room can get. Why ask in the reservation process what special requests we have if they are not honored?
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    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • Fun but very slow service
    Kuarisima
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We were at a party of six and it took more than a half an hour only to bring us our drinks. The manager came later to apologize which was nice. Rockefeller oyster were fantastic but the soft shell crab was gluey. The restaurant is very nice and the place it's located is " special"
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    good for groups, hot spot
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  • Major disapointment
    Foodiephil
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    My wife had the New England Clam Chowder and I had the Manhattan Clam Chowder. The service was quick but both soups arrived warm and my dish was more minestrone than chowder, with very little clams present. I would have complained to the waiter, but he was having an argument with a colleague and showed no interest in us. I ordered the Halibut fillet but when it came, I was again disappointed. The fish was a generous portion, but it was completely bland, no flavour. The steamed vegetables, were wilted and mushy, the asparagus was ok, but there were only 2 potatoes, well actually one cut in half! My wife had ordered the Lemon sole but had the same disappointment with her meal. We paid over $120, but it was not worth even half of that!
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  • Great food and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had been recommended this restaurant by friends and it didn't disappoint. Had booked on line before we travelled and this worked very well. Took some finding but once we asked we were directed to it, buried in the heart of this iconic building. We had a good table with a magnificent view and our waiter Steve could not have been better. He took time with us over our order and adjusted the menu to suit what we wanted to eat. When the food arrived it was excellent and just the right amount. Got the opportunity to have shark which was cooked perfectly. The beer that Steve recommended was excellent and they provided a free glass of Prosecco for our daughter's 21st birthday. You even get to keep the menus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Meh.
    AlbinoBlondeGuy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This place needs a revamp and soon. It's stuck in the 80s, crowded, cramped, noisy. Food was ok, but for the price, there are SO many other, better choices. Service was ok, they were clearly busy, so I think the waiter was relieved that we were taking our time so he could focus on other tables. The oysters with the anchovy butter were the hit of the night, those were delicious. The raw oysters were ok, but they drain the liquid off which is a big NO-NO, how else are you to discern the quality of what you're eating? Just be prepared to eat alongside alot of tourists and loud people. This place is loud, loud, loud!
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  • GUASTAVINO: OYSTERBAR PATRON SAINT
    Fabianredux
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Ever since the renowned vaulted ceilings of the landmark Oyster Bar were renovated, happy crowds of tourists, commuters and fish lovers commingle under their protective curves in the innards of Grand Central Station - red checkered table cloths, bustling noise, waiters trekking across long distances with succulent plates of seafood. Can't get more New York than this! The choice of freshly caught fish is amazing, it is prepared immaculately, the veggies are an afterthought. Lobsters await their fate in a large tank, and if you can't make it to Maine, you can choose your crustacean right here... The spirit of the astonishing Spanish architect Guastavino, creator of this unique space, lingers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    Rennyangel
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Food good (fried oysters superb), as always, but service iffy. Drinks were late (forgotten, I think) and then not the correct order. Four times the waiter came for the check when we had just finally received our drinks--which was at the end of the meal. I love the Oyster Bar and have eaten there many times. This last was not the most memorable.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Robert
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great seafood, especially the selection of raw oysters, hence the name "Oyster Bar". Service very good, A bit noisy but then we were there a peak lunch hour.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
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  • An extensive seafood menu
    LJGVVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I went with a guest for lunch who was curious about this famous restaurant. The food was very good and the service was attentive. I ordered sea bream which came as a large whole fish. A waiter from another section came over and offered to debone it. He did an excellent job. My friend had a less adventurous fish and chips. My only complaint is that the restaurant is quite pricey. One soup, entree and drink for each of us came to a total of over $100.
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  • High expectations low return
    Nzuklove13
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I read the menu and expected the seafood world on a plate but what I got was too much bread, a dismal looking crab "cocktail salad" and over cooked under flavoured main fish dish. It was a beautiful building but it needed a lot of sprucing up to make it worthwhile raving about. Disappointing.
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  • dining room
    rukazap
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It's like dining room in Soviet kids camp! The place is crowdy, people sitting one on each other. The noise is awful!
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  • Lovely room, average food
    CasperC
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    After seeing the Guastavino exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, we decided that we should eat here. The appetizers were very good, we had fried clams and fried oysters. The rest of the meal was just ok. Not terrible, but not fabulous. We had the ceasar with lump crabmeat salad, ad the grilled catfish with a side of garlic mashed potatoes. The mashed potatoes were not good, too dry and had an off taste. Maybe these weren't the best choices for this place, perhaps the raw bar offerings would have been better...The room is quite spectacular and we had a good time regardless. The service started off pretty slow, it took some time before our waiter showed up to take our drink orders, but after that it was fine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old-school oyster bar
    liamthekid
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife and I took the train into Grand Central specifically to sample the wide variety of oyster types on an incredible full and daily changing menu. From this aspect it did not disappoint, from its' plentiful selection of both East and West Coast visuals, making this a premier, notable destination for lovers of the delectable bivalve. The ambiance is on the rough side, with its' cavernous, echoing, underground setting, it's a bit claustriphobic, but this is exactly as advertised. Come for the daily rotation of featured oysters - if I was a commuter, I'd be in trouble . . .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair to middling
    Buster
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Gazpacho was good, lobster salad was made with not fresh lobster it was dry. Oysters on the half shell were perfect, some of the best I have had. Too noisy for dining more of a disciplined party atmosphere. Not bad just boisterous. Service was fair. Dessert was wrong. Ordered one thing and another came tot the table. Besides the oysters, I would not put this restaurant on my need to return list.
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    good for groups
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  • A place to visit when in NYC
    Jorcogal
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The Oyster Bar is the place to go for great seafood and a vibrant environment, a very good wine list specially in the whites, perfect to pair with the fish and the oysters, located in a NYC landmark as the Central Station it's a great experience overall.
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    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KGM1
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The lobster role was delicious! A bit hard to choose as all are quite pricey. It was convenient to Grand Central and then on to the theater.
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    great for lunch
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  • Beautiful place
    Luvnyu
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Loved the place and the food, but a lot to desired w the service
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    special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Puppy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The GCOB is always great. We're so glad it's open again, and the service seems much improved. We recommend going early for dinner, as it gets very noisy and busy.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Clam stew & creme caramel very good
    marleyjune
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I dined alone, spur of the moment, early evening, first time here. Was greeted warmly, seated immediately, and pleased to see non-alcoholic beer on the menu (Beck's). Menu is huge, bit much for someone there on a trial basis and not an oyster/seafood aficionado. Most was too expensive for my "just trying it out" budget, so I looked to Stews and Pan Roasts; there are several. I chose Cherrystone clam stew and it was tasty. It came with a small biscuit, which was impressively warm, and crackers. I finished with Creme Caramel dessert, also very good. I would give 5 stars if I hadn't been visited by a persistent fly, which dined several minutes on a cracker on my bread plate. When I mentioned it to the manager he was "sorry" but kind of blase.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Lunch Spot
    wiedVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We use the bar, which is intimate, casual, you can order a drink: but of course the best part is the seafood. We had crab cakes. Wow, you just can't get better crab cakes, more crab than cake, and a super sauce, anywhere in the world. The best. You also can't beat the central location. GSW
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice place, good food
    Carlinda
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    we had smoked fish appetizers and soup (new england and manhatten clam chowder) and fried. Everything was very good and the service was prompt. the iced tea was refreshing. It's not that easy to find unsweetened, brewed iced tea in Manhatten. The restaurant is very beautiful with nice tile everywhere. You can skip the waiter service and sit at a counter (plenty of room, large counter) and get sandwiches like lobster roll and oyster poor boy. I recommend this for a more affordable experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BIG DISSAPOINTMENT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I guess we had great expectations, beeing such an icon in NYC... It was extremely expensive. We have had better selection of oysters (and fresher, too!) elsewhere, for a fraction of the price. It was the low point in our visit to New York...
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  • Not impressed
    goodfood
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had reservations at 6:30 on a Friday night. We were seated promptly and had a good table. We ordered the oysters on the half shell. They came, but there was shell in almost every one. The New England chowder was just so-so. The fish and chips was alright. The fish was Pollock. I had the fried oysters which were small and without moisture, They were tasteless and not succulent like they are supposed to be. Maybe they were made ahead of time and reheated. The sliced fried potatoes were dry and rubbery. They were left on the plate. I'm sorry that we went as the bill was over $100.00 Never again. Don't bother.
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  • It's a spot for Tourists
    Milo
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great to visit for its architecture and the station's history. Oysters were good, but the rest of the menu was so so.
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  • lexnlido
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    A classic revived. Nothing can match the classic New York eatery located in the magnificent landmark Grand Central Station. The menu is also classical seafood with an unmatched selection of oysters. I also had their delicious New England clam chowder (still great even though it was not hot enough). The old Oyster Bar was a bit dark and dingy but they have done a wonderful job sprucing it up without changing the ambiance . New Yorkers and visitors should not miss the experience.
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    great for lunch
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  • Fun to try
    Jude
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Went for lunch on several peoples recommendations. It's a fun place to try and am glad I did go. Food was reasonably priced and the fresh oysters met expectations. Had the chefs choice of eight - a pair of four different kinds. All were succulent, not too Britney, and very fresh. Definitely go for this one. Manhattan chowder was delicious. Downside is the noise! Way too noisy to have a decent conversation, likely due to the cavernous nature of the place. Oysters Rockerfeller were quite disappointing - far too much spinach, very tiny oyster and over cooked. Would not recommend them.
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    great for lunch
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  • Noisy
    lonneating
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Far too noisy. Waiter too busy and food besides from shellfish and oyster was boring and tasteless.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bland and Overpriced
    CeciVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The Oyster Bar is like an old relative you feel obligated to visit now and again, engenders old, good memories, but leaves you feeling disappointed afterwards. The food is mediocre at best and for the high prices there are so many better alternatives.
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  • Not Happy to be Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I have eaten at the Oyster Bar off and on for over 20 years. My most recent experience -- lunch this week -- was mediocre at best. The reservation system was fine. The general ambiance was fine. Now to the food and service: the appetizer portions were too small for the price. The entrees took more than a half an hour to be served and it was not a packed house. One entree, the "Jumbo Shrimp Salad" had only two or three shrimp in it. The waffle fries were not hot. My wife and I both were surprised at how utterly bitter the kale was -- and I've eaten and grown kale before. We enjoyed our company and lunch, but overall, felt that we could have had a better lunch somewhere else for the $204 (including tip) for a table of four.
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  • Freshest Fish
    Mikenme
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I appreciate the fresh fish and ousters at this well known place. Perfect Service - vegetable could be a little bit more spicy.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top food
    Tucan
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We like going to the Oyster bar everytime we visit NY.. outstanding fresh food. Highlights were the oysters (obvoiusly) and the lobster roll...
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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  • Iconic place
    Gdogsdiner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had been looking forward to visiting this famous NYC establishment since we first planned our trip. We weren't disappointed. The oysters were a delight and all of our fish was cooked well. The ambience is great but if we visited again we'd try a seat at the bar area which looked happy and bustling.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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  • Architectural eye candy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Just sitting there I was continually distracted by the beauty of the place. Food was good; little pricey but not like I'm going there every day. Crossed off my bucket list but would not hesitate to return!
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    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Food is good. Pricey.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food is good- don't expect pretty presentations. Service has always been hit or miss, this time the server was nice and so was the host. We go here because we work in the area and will go back, but for a lobster roll that is $30 I would expect the plate to be a beautiful masterpiece, with not the bottom of the container soaking wet coleslaw, and a sprinkling of French fries. The lobster itself was good, and there was a nice amount, I just expected more over all. My colleagues ordered the fish and chips and were happy with the taste and the size of the fish they received.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.