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
413 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (162)fit for foodies (125)good for groups (104)special occasion (104)neighborhood gem (87)hot spot (52)notable wine list (40)vibrant bar scene (37)kid-friendly (37)romantic (25)great for brunch (23)scenic view (21)late-night find (16)great for outdoor dining (14)Show More
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely room, average food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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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  • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A place to visit when in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Our waiter was pretty unfriendly, not smiling once, and basically snarled at our busboy when they both bumped into each other. We all saw it and it was little uncomfortable. We asked if a certain fish could be put on one of their salads and he said no substitutions, and that we could add a salad to our order instead. I'm not sure why I'd want a full salad as well as a main course.
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  • CwjeVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The quality of the food did not match the high prices. Service very good.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups
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  • Lot of fun
    oldtimer
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Took 2 friends to city for day trip. Couldn't have finished our day there any better
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    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • food was great
    TimB
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    food was great. waiter was really slow food was great. waiter was really slow
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    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business lunch
    RHP1955
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
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  • delicious
    EnjoyLifeOf1time
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The waiter service was very bad. But oyster was very nice and fresh. It is recommended that if you intend to eat delicious things.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good oysters
    Erik
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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!!!!
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    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique experience
    GardenStateMike
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Good but noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 100 years plus. Still kicking
    GreatPlace
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I had oysters which weren't listed on the menu. Enormous! Delicious!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • philfood
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great oysters - good selection. Service a little slow but pleasant and helpful
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  • Remodel worth the wait
    ziptalker
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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!!!
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    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Overpriced and small portions
    GrizzzfanVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
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    great for lunch
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  • good to return
    diascund
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Iconic Grand Central Station
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.