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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
  • "Took 2 friends to city for day trip. Couldn't have finished our day there any better"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "food was great. waiter was really slow food was great. waiter was really slow"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I was meeting someone visiting from Hong Kong and who had heard about the oyster bay bar. It was quite disappointing to have a noisy, crowded and low-service lunch at a place that was my gueat's choice. The food was strictly average, the place was cramped, noisy, and rushed. The service was so-so... The server asked a couple of times if my guest would arrive -- they were ten minutes late -- at least three times. Food was strictly passable."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The waiter service was very bad. But oyster was very nice and fresh. It is recommended that if you intend to eat delicious things."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Together with My family we visiter oyster bar in match 2012 and had great experience. Last yrar i rekommenderar it to some friends WHO Aldo liked it à LOT. Now Wien returning with My family to new york we decided to pay another visit. We are oyster lovets and youtube oysters are great!!!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I have been aware of the Oyster Bar for many years but have never been, nor has anyone that I know. My son lives in lower Manhatten and I live in New Jersey. I want to meet him for dinner to catch up and suggested we meet there. He is a bit particular about where he goes as many young adults are. Dinner in a train station did not strike him as trendy. Both he and I were pleasantly surprised at our unique one of a kind dining experience. The vaulted tiled ceilings did create a subtle rumble in the room but it quickly transformed to white noise. Our servers were very friendly, helpful, and professional. We shared a plate of oysters as an appetizer. My son had the Sock-eye salmon and I had Alaskan Broiled Cod. I highly recommend this landmark."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Excellent oysters, but a bit pricey. Service could have been better. Good character but a bit hectic in the middle of the day. Toilet facilities not very well maintained."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "If you want a quick bite in a boisterous surrounding within a fully-functioning historic building, go here. The food is actually really good. The service is mediocre, but we don't expect much from a place like this."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I had oysters which weren't listed on the menu. Enormous! Delicious!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Great oysters - good selection. Service a little slow but pleasant and helpful"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "As always the food and service are excellent. Usually we sit at one of the oyster bars or counters, but this is the first time we sat at a table as we came with a group of friends. Friendly neighborhood style service. If you remember this is a train stain restaurant in the grand old commuter tradition, no more no less, then you will love this place. As long as you love seafood! My favorites are an assorted dozen of oysters, an order of fried clams, a scallop PAN ROAST (amazing!!!) and if I'm still hungry then a Tuna sushi grade lightly seared steak to finish it off. Yum!!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This venerable institution is a good place for a business lunch. The tables are full but it lives on its past laurels. My crab and shrimp caeser had an good amount of crab and a few shrimp, but was a fairly small portion for an entree, filling a smallish dinner plate. The price was $27, which for the portion was high. The caeser dressing was a bit lifeless. I'm not sure what to order here as entrees start around $25."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Been a long time and it was good to go back after years of living out of town. Attentive service and great oysters and fresh fish"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Always odd going here as you are dining in a station - places which aren't usually known for gourmet food. The restaurant is very busy with lots of noise (not a place for a work lunch or dinner) and a rushed service. But the food is good, if you strip away those issues. If you are in a group of 6 they will keep you waiting at the reception are until 5 of your party arrive - this is really maddening and a rude way to treat customers."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Very fresh oysters and a good dining experience. The waiters were efficient and the food was good. A NY institution."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Enjoyed lunch at the historic GC Oyster Bar on 12 July with a party of 4. Got the lemon sole special, which was hearty with an ample portion. I love their oysters and the selection is unbelievable. Service isn't the fastest. Stop in if you are an oyster lover like me!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Took the family back here after visiting a number of years back. Great dining space. Bit expensive but the ambiance, food and vaulted ceilings make it up for it. One to tick off your New York list !"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "If you like fish, then this is the place for you. Walking through the imposing halls of Grand Central to reach the venue gets the evening off to a good start. The menu is impressive, the staff knowledgeable and helpful and the food itself does not disappoint."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Nothing compares to the Oyster Bar for FRESHNESS and Quality of seafood. Try the Cold Platter for two. About $65.00.....Great"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Lobster pieces plentiful, BUT their taste was overwhelmed by seasoning, especially too much tarragon (I think). Re. noise- if we hadn't been relocated to the saloon dining area we would have left the incredibly noisy main restaurant."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great, Honest Food - Good portion sizes, Great Cocktails - were not disappointed :)"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food here has always been good. My favorites are the oyster selections and the She-Crab soup. The reception staff however was quite rude and behaved as if they were doormen at some hot nightclub versus a restuarant open to the paying public."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Easiest spot to meet our daughters for dinner after the train from Connecticut. We made a reservation (via open table) and got a great spot for 2. The waiters were right there with menus and asking for drink orders. Bread and everything flats were put on the table. My daughter and I each ordered an iced cold draught beer, and then she ordered some of their fantastic, always delicious New England clam chowder - not too thick, but definitely not thin. I ordered the seared soft shell crab (without the butter) and it came with vegetables of the season and potatoes, absolutely fabulous. My daughter ordered the shrimp and crab Caesar salad and it was so large she had to take half of it home. It just took awhile to find get our check."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Helt fantastiska ostron! Trevliga lokaler, finns fyra olika miljöer att välja, vi valde saloonen."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We went to the Oyster Bar with fond recollections and high hopes. Our recollections are intact. Our hopes were dashed. The service and food were mediocre at best. The table next to us got up and left after 15 minutes before a waiter even came over to greet them. Turns out they were the lucky ones. We stayed and experienced the food and service."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Fresh, fresh, fresh seafood in historic Guastavino tiled room. Gracious maître d'hôtel and wait staff. They know what they are doing and do it well."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We were in New york just for the weekend, and found this address in our trevling guide. Wow ! Amazing choice, it was hard to choose what we would eat ! Great oyster slection, and even if you are not an "oyster type", you have plenty of alternatives. I would recommend the oyster-tini for martini lovers (not myself, but girlfriend really loved it), or cucumber collins for cocktail lovers. Wine card is extensive (Austrian Gruner Vetliner is a try if you don't know that cepage) Was a bit noisy when we arrived, but if you get there after 8:30, gets more confortable. Even though it's not a romantic place (you are really close to your neighbours), I would definitivly recommend this for couples or groups. A must if you like seafood !"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "In a unique historic setting - Grand Central Terminal - exceptional seafood menu - truly memorable"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I made a reservation on Monday July 7th lunch time because their event calendar said that the day was the last day for Dutch herring. I've been there only this season for herring this last few years. I wondered why my server lady didn't give me any herring menu, so I asked her. She just said that "No more herring. Last Saturday was the last day." I told her that 7th was the last day on their calendar, but I didn't hear any apology from her. I just had a bowl of soup instead of herring. So disappointed."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Food was great. It was supposed to still be herring festival time but they ran out of herring. I had blue fish. It was great."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Made a reservation on a Saturday for dinner before a Broadway show. Patrons were much more casual than I anticipated even though staff was well dressed. We chose an oyster/clam appetizer...not bad, but not great. Dinner was ok...the Caesar salad had a good amount of crab & 3 unseasoned shrimp. Husband's butter garlic shrimp came with over cooked asparagus and oily rice pilaf. Place was pretty empty when we got there, but we still had people seated right next to us shortly after our arrival. A waiter found a menu holder and drummed for awhile before a manager asked them to stop. Our wait staff was knowledgeable. We skipped dessert and coffee. I expected more after the reviews, but left disappointed."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Overall, I'd say that Grand Central Oyster Bar is okay, but not great. The clam chowder I ordered was tasty but could have been served hotter. My fish was cooked nicely, but the vegetables that came with it were overcooked and mushy. Finally, the service wasn't very attentive. The restaurant wasn't that crowded and the servers seemed to have enough time to stand around and chat with each other. However, I had to constantly ask for more water and the server rarely came by my table to ask if I needed anything. In general it was good, but I don't think that I'd recommend it."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My wife and I have made it a tradition to have a lovely lunch at Grand Central Oyster Bar when we both get out early from work before the July 4th holiday. 2nd year running and it does not disappoint. The oysters are always sublime and we had the smoked trout appetizer which was great. Also, we enjoyed the herring filet and broiled black cod. So delicious."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "very crowded and noisy, could use more waiters, oysters were very good and waiter was knowledgeable about them, but Maine steamers were on the skimpy side and crab cakes were too rich"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Skip this restaurant! The service is so bad, waiters are rude, management can't care less, and the draft beers are flat. NOT a place to take date, friends or family, unless you like to lose them. There are too many great restaurants in NYC that deserve your business."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This restaurant must have the largest seafood menu anywhere! It's all fresh and tastes fantastic. I dine here every time I'm in NY and look forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Trout was superb, as expected. The Guastavino tiled masterpiece of a room adds to the enjoyment."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Probably best and freshest sea food in New York - great heritage value - my father came here already 60 years ago on his way from Rotterdam to San Fransisco - his recommendation - we loved it!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Ok, so it is loud and crowded, and you are surprised by that? It is in a train station for heaven's sake. But oysters, oysters, oysters, great seafood and Duvel on tap (it's a Belgian beer I have never seen on tap in so many years of searching.) So, seafood, booze, and don't be bothered by the tableful of loud businessmen from China. They are enjoying it, too."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Several people told us to eat lunch at the Oyster Bar after our tour of Grand Central Station. Maitre'd was snooty and miffed when we requested a table away from a large noisy group. Big menu, big price tag! You get very little for the money. Service was slow and waiter was unattentive. At Grand Central I'd opt for someplace else."
    Dined on 6/28/2014