Grand Central Oyster Bar
Grand Central Terminal
89 E. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10017Neighborhood:
SeafoodPrice: $31 to $50
Grand Central Oyster Bar
- 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 2124906650
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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Grand Central Oyster Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
414 reviews since July 26, 2014
- Ambiance3.7Noise LevelEnergetic
fit for foodies (129)great for lunch (123)good for groups (118)neighborhood gem (84)special occasion (70)hot spot (56)notable wine list (41)vibrant bar scene (41)kid-friendly (30)late-night find (25)romantic (23)great for brunch (22)scenic view (19)great for outdoor dining (9)Show More
- Good but certainly not grandBertiePDined on 11/19/2014I chose The Oyster Bar knowing it was a NYC landmark with an extensive selection of oysters and seafood. From that standpoint it met the criteria, but on the whole minus the shear grandeur of the room and the huge menu our meals were quite average. My 1/2 doz. Rhode Island oysters to start were the highpoint of my meal - extra large, briny, and full of flavor. My wife ordered a daily special of snapper with champagne sauce and salmon roe which was quite good. My monkfish tournedos with bernaise was average. The sauce was quite tasteless but the fish was grilled nicely. The standard sides(steamed vegetables and boiled potato) were bland and forgettable. My biggest complaint - service. After receiving our meals and our first glass of wine poured, we were left to ourselves and had to chase our waiter down for the bill. No dessert or coffee was offered until I asked for the check. So, worth a one time visit, but a return is not likely there are a multitude of better restaurants to choose from in NYC. Note: The noise level is very high, so if looking for intimacy anda romantic atmosphere, this is not the place.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The Best for YearsLouEVIPDined on 11/19/2014Consistently good fish, shellfish and sides for decades. Its a great choice for tourists, commuters, New Yorkers and anyone else that enjoy fresh oysters, clams and well prepared seafood.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 11/19/2014The Oyster Bar has a unique ambience (the tiled vaulted ceiling is memorable) and is well worth seeing. The seafood is the reason to come and the selection of shellfish is excellent and not unreasonably priced (though hardly a bargain. The noise level can be high and the service can be spotty (depending on how crowded the restaurant is), but in general the Oyster Bar well worth a visit at least once.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Old world setting- food is secondaryHomechefVIPDined on 11/18/2014Great place to revisit early 20th century NY. The food is fine- the basics of Clam Chowder and appetizers the best bet. Service was very helpful and pleasant.I would recommend this to a friend.
- AmazingOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/17/2014Food amazing, service amazing, best place for seafood in NY.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Been going here for 60 years...always enjoyableBts1Dined on 11/17/2014Very good as usual, clams on half shell, Manhattan clam chowder, and sea bass. Only problem..two waiters one very good the other, Asian, in a SNIT over table assignments...what a fool! Diners see his non-professionalism...he needs to work at McDonalds...they would fire him for his insolent behavior! Fool, you're in the hospitality business... Disappointing for me,the diner...Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Tourist trapOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 11/15/2014Tourist trap with mediocre to bad food. Very disappointed!!
- Oyster barnancyDined on 11/15/2014This is our favorite go to place when we are in New York very basic and always wonderful!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- First experience at the Oyster Bar exceptionalOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/15/2014First time at the Oyster Bar and must say it was exceptional, it was a busy Saturday Night and we were seated promptly, food was great and served quickly. Waiter service was a bit slow and our waiter althought friendly and professional seemed a bit overwelmed. Overall I would definitely dine there again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Oysters, Oysters, OysterssmhearneDined on 11/15/2014If you like oysters, this is the place to go. Reasonably prices, this somewhat noisy restaurant maintains an extensive menu of seafood delicacies that includes a mind boggling list of available oysters. So many in fact that I left it up to the house to choose a variety for me. It chose wisely, as each was as delicious as the next. The monk fish with bearnaise sauce was perfect.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great seafoodrick1119Dined on 11/15/2014Although the noise level was very high, the seafood was fresh and well prepared The service was outstanding.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Downhill from past visitsbat31Dined on 11/15/2014The Oyster Bar does live up to its name- the selection and quality of the oysters is excellent. But compared with visits over the years, this most recent one was a disappointment. Despite have a 4:30 pm reservation (well before there was much of a crowd), being seated immediately and telling our waiter (after nothing seemed to be arriving at the table) that we had to be out of there by 6:15 to make an event elsewhere, the meal was interminable (with the biggest wait being about 45 min just to get the platter of 20 oysters we ordered). We had to rush through the main course when it finally came and that food, while perfectly fine, was not particularly impressive. The small dessert I'd requested for the friend whose birthday it happened to be that day was rushed out as we were taking care of the bill and we were not charged for it which was thoughtful. Our waiter was personable and very knowledgable about oysters and wine, but seemingly powerless to get our food to us in a remotely timely manner. Overall a disappointment. Unlikely to visit again unless I just want some smoked trout and whisky in the more intimate bar room and have plenty of time to hang out.
- It's a classic destination for a reasonjameslongworthDined on 11/14/2014I love this restaurant which hasn't changed in probably 100 years! My Dad recommended it me when he visited shortly after the war! Great food. Go for the oysters and seafood. Delicious tuna steak. Efficient service in iconic surroundingsSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- padapapapaaaaseafoodTouristDined on 11/11/2014I'm lovin' it. we felt really welcome, food was awesomeSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- It's an eventRayUWSVIPDined on 11/11/2014This is a special place, primarily due to the architecture. The food is good, the service is a good but the attitude is a bit edgy. Be ready for a noisy atmosphere and a visually pleasing experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointingSJNYCDined on 11/11/2014Very mediocre, the oysters were ok, but none of the four of us liked our entrees. Fish was bland and overcooked, didn't seem fresh.
- Resting on LaurelsJonnyVIPDined on 11/11/2014Sadly this institution is a bit adrift. Food is served promptly but the quality is not as high as in the past. Portions are also a bit more modest.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not as ExpectedRSRSDined on 11/10/2014Ovewrall this was a very average dining experience and would have been so at any pirce. Menu is very difficult to navigate and the food quality was below average. The overall expericence was not good, particularly so when you consider the price/value.
- Great fishBusyBeaDined on 11/8/2014We were seated promptly and the pace of the meal was perfect. The wait-staff was attentive and friendly. Our waiter had good recommendations from the menu.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Major disappointment wont be backEvertheoptomistDined on 11/7/2014Looking forward to our meal here(Grand Central is amazing). However the food, service and ambience were all dreadful , undercooked fish, rubbery, tasteless jumbo prawns, soggy rice and asparagus so hard it couldnt be cut through.The service was impersonal and we were seated, served and dispatched within 50 minutes. It was so noisy it was like being in Macdonalds on a Saturday lunchtime. When leaving I mentioned to the manager that the experience had been far from pleasant but he was also appeared disinterested and couldnt care less. It is a shame that such a wonderful location is so badly managed and food so poor. We certainly wont be recommending it to friends and family on return to UK and hope it improves.
- Worth a visitsjwlondonDined on 11/7/2014We visited for dinner during a short visit to NY from London. The spectacular architecture Grand Central Terminal is well worth a visit and the vaulted Oyster Bar is an integral part of that. The huge room is very noisy, however (I suspect that's a feature of the tiled ceiling) and the fact that we had to shout across the table to be heard did make the meal a bit less relaxing. There is a vast choice of oysters on the menu, although between us we had Alaskan salmon and jumbo prawns, all of which was fine but not brilliant. The service was efficient and friendly. We enjoyed our visit but probably wouldn't visit again if it wasn't in such a magnificent setting.
- Never DisappointsseanruaDined on 11/7/2014The best thing about the Oyster Bar (besides the food, of course) is the fact that in more than 60 years of patronizing this restaurant, it has never disappointed; not once!! The extensive variety of seafood (specializing in the East Coast variety, especially succulent bivalves) is the freshest there is, the wait staff is uber professional, reservations are honored to the minute, and the ambiance is about as New York as it gets. Even with all the hustle and bustle in the large main dining room, one is never rushed to finish one's meal, and everything is done (in a New York sort of way) to make you feel at home. If consistency is something to value, well, this place has it in spades.Special Features:
- Had a great time.OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 11/7/2014Excellent place to eat oysters and lobster. The Oyster Bar is one of my favorite restaurants. I will definitely come back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- 2runners22runners2Dined on 11/7/2014Historical place with wonderful list of fish.....creamed spinach was a treat.Special Features:
- WonderfulChrisDined on 11/6/2014I took my mom here for her 70th birthday. Her first time to NYC. We walked through the park on a fall day and were welcomed to the cozy and elegant atmosphere. The wait staff were busy but still incredible and took time to explain to us little details about the food and give us even more recommendations for other places around town. We all ordered different entrees and had to share because they were all so delicious!Special Features:
- Disappointed experience2bluenosesDined on 11/6/2014I had looked forward to dining in the famous Oyster Bar after not being able to dine on the previous trip to New York. I was extremely disappointed at the experience. The service was very poor in that after ordering a beer as we were both thirsty we asked for the wine list. Our food arrived and no one approached us for us to order the wine. The starter a chowder was tasty but very cold. No one even approached us to ask if the food was to our liking. We should have complained but we had gone past caring when the main course arrived. We couldn't wait to finish and leave. We paid an over expensive bill and even when we left no one thanked us for our custom and asked if we had enjoyed our meal. A very forgettable meal Not to be recommended.Special Features:
- Awful serviceChirorobDined on 11/5/2014From the moment I arrived the service I received here was poor. From the maître d not looking me in the eye to the waiters leaning to the tablevtondeppsit my food rather than take the extra step to be closer to the table.... The lasting impression was one of distraction and indifference.Special Features:
- Convienent but nothing specialDQ79Dined on 11/5/2014Large room was relatively noisy and the tables close together. Since it is in Grand Central Station, it is convenient and the seafood was good, but not great. Very large selection, so it may depend on what one orders. Service was a little slow, but that may be due to the large seating capacity, not neglect on the part of the servers. I would go again, if I needed a convenient eating place, but I would not go out of my way to go there. For a NY icon, I'd have to say I was a bit disappointed. If possible I would try to sit in what appeared to be the older part of the restaurant, it seemed to have a bit more atmosphere.
- location, location, locationjust1myopinionDined on 11/4/2014The staff were warm and attentive, the raw bar selections quite good. The cooked food items (two different fish dishes, which is admittedly a small selection from the menu) were good, but not particularly imaginative for someone who likes a bit more splash in spices. Portion sizes good. But you can't beat the location. Nothing comparable if you want to meet people for a substantial satisfying dinner at a place convenient in transit in and out of the city. Fun to find such a large spacious room in what one might imagine to be the basement of Grand Central. Would definitely go again to meet a friend for dinner in transit.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Coming once is enoughEbw1Dined on 11/4/2014If you're not waiting for your train, I don't recommend coming here. The raw bar is good, but anything needing to be cooked is under seasoned and over cooked and extremely over priced.Special Features:
- Grand Central LandmarkEllgirlDined on 11/3/2014Oyster Bar is a landmark. Pan roast and raw bar stand out. Remodeled ceiling is remarkable. Otherwise, not a spectacular dining venue.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great DatejiminyskierDined on 11/1/2014My husband and I sat in the bar as we were heading to the theatre and needed a quick meal. We ordered a dozen oysters mixed, and they were amazing - a variety of East Coast, West Coast, Nova Scotia and New Zealand. They were all fresh and delicious. Washed it down with some Rose Cuvee. Per the waitress's recommendations, we also had clams casino and they were divine. Thick cut bacon, nice-sized clams. Wish we had crunchy bread to dip in the sauce. We were in and out quickly, loved all our seafood and drinks. A fun date. There are lots of tourists but it didn't really affect the ambience.Special Features:
- geedeeDined on 11/1/2014Wife wanted to eat here for our anniversary. Oysters were excellent as was the fish and Drinks. The dining room is very noisy so if I were to go back I'd select a seat in the bar area which was not as loud and had a less sterile atmosphere. Soup was lukewarm. Requested a good table for anniversary on my reservation but they didn't seem to have any interest or awareness of my request on my reservation.
- disappointingaskthepaperclipDined on 10/31/2014It was our wedding anniversary, so I had requested a quiet table. Instead, they put us right next to the waiter's station, despite there being several other open tables. The oysters were mostly great, although a couple (out of 14) were dried out and a little funky. The oyster pan roast was a huge disappointment. A soggy piece of white bread shouldn't count as "toast" in a high end restaurant. Our waiter was brusque, and not in a Peter Lugar-charming kind of way. Said they didn't have an oyster description list, despite it being posted on their website and several previous reviews mentioning it was available. Despite planning to stay for dinner, we left after appetizers in favor of going somewhere else.
- Great Experience.AndySDined on 10/31/2014Outstanding raw bar, pan roasts, fried shellfish. Good martinis. Excellent value for money given New York prices. Friendly service. I went back the next evening alone and sat at the counter for more oysters--it was that good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A New York classicMargroDined on 10/31/2014This restaurant could be a tourist trap but definitely is not. Varied crowd of out of towners and locals in for fresh, well-presented and moderately priced seafood. Efficient and friendly service. A great way to visit the landmark , busy Grand Central Station.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Secret dining roomKG58Dined on 10/30/2014Not a better place for fresh seafood of all types under one roof. It's a big roof 500+ seats but you would never know. Ask to eat in the quieter Saloon in the back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointinglizinnycVIPDined on 10/30/2014My office is across the street from the Oyster Bar so I probably eat there once per week. I brought a client there this week and was so embarrassed by the service and the food. It is usually good food and prompt. We ordered the soup when we sat down and they didn't put in our order for the soup, but waited another 20 minutes to come over and take the rest of the order. I then also ordered 3 or 4 other things. They threw the oysters on the table, didn't tell us what was what, and the vegetables with the scallops wwew overcooked. Highly disappointing. The clam chowder is still amazing, as usual….
- buzzing atmospherevlksDined on 10/29/2014What a place to spend an evening! Grand Central Station is stunning and this restaurant is also a gem! Extraordinary selection of oysters, but many other fish dishes of note, including outstanding crab cakes. The atmosphere is loud and buzzing with excitement - so not the place to spend a quiet romantic dinner for two. Just soak up that New York vibe and enjoy!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Noisy!KristallenaDined on 10/29/2014It was to loud in the local, but food was good. Service was good and the restaurant is located in a very busy area, but I would recomend the restaurant and perhaps its not that noisy at lunchtime.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.