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About 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.

Grand Central Terminal
89 E. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10017
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 9:30pm; Saturday: 11:30am - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Vanderbilt and Lexington

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 490-6650

Website:
http://www.oysterbarny.com/

Parking Details:
There are various parking lots in the neighborhood.

Public Transit:
Metro North; 4,5,6,7; Times Square Shuttle

Executive Chef:
Sandy Ingber

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Grand Central Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

3.6

ambience

3.9

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (83)
Authentic (73)
Great for Lunch (63)
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Fun (50)
Special Occasion (44)
Business Meals (39)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
People Watching (37)
Good for Groups (36)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Bar Seating (33)
Pre/post Theatre (29)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Local Ingredients (28)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Hot Spot (27)
Good for a Date (26)
Comfort Food (22)
Happy Hour (20)
Healthy (19)
Quick Bite (17)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Scenic View (11)
Cozy (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Romantic (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Great Beer (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

The best prepared seafood in New York. The appetizers have gotten smaller but most restaurants have done the same thing.
The Key Lime Pie was a treat and was only $7.50, not the usual $10.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

meh
I have lived in the city for 15 years and never been to this landmark spot, so I thought it would be fun to finally have a meal here. A few things to know.

Atmosphere: This place is huge and it's really hard to have a conversation in the main dining room, because of the size it's like an echo chamber. I do highly recommend trying to get seated in the "Saloon" area which was much more cozy and easier to hear each other. The counter and the oyster bar area looked really cute too.

Food: It's overpriced and not that great and to be honest I would give the oyster taste and freshness themselves a mediocre rating at best. Food has large portions for the mid-west tourist set but even if you are into old school no frills classic entrees it just doesn't live up to the hype.

Service: Waited 20 minutes and had to ask the host several times before anyone even came to our table aside from the water guy. Once our waiter did come to our table however he was super nice. We were about 45 mins in when they brought us bread and probably around the 75 min mark to get our entree. The oyster recommendations where off, I asked for small and briny the ones they recommended ended up being large and buttery.

Final Thoughts: For the New Yorkers, I would bet that if you come here during the week and sit at the fun mid-century counters/ oyster bar area it would be fun if you worked near, otherwise skip it. If you are a tourist just know that there are better classic NY experiences out there to seek out and certainly better oysters.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Casual, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Waitstaff and food were outstanding. A true NYC classic.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Got a good impression at first as the staff allowed me to move my 6.30 reservation to 6pm which helped me out greatly at the time as I had a show planned that evening.🙂unfortunately myself and my daughter thought the service was poor, the staff were quite abrupt and struggled to keep attention when I was ordering and preferred to look around the restaurant at other people.The starters both lobster and calamari were average at best and the vegetables with the main meals were smothered in butter which wasn’t stated on the menu and myself and my daughter HATE. We wanted to send it back but couldn’t get any staff attention!!! Poor when you think a starter main and a drink each cost nearly £150.!!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic oysters as always. Drinks were also good, plentiful, and reasonable. Atmosphere is unique. A real landmark.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined 2 days ago

It took over an hour to get our appetizer of steamers which were soggy and over cooked. They sent the wrong entre so it took another few minutes to finally get my dinner. I had shrimp salad over fresh spinach and spent that night with N/V, sick to my stomach.
Horrible experience!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

The fried oysters and lemon sole served in the vast arched main room were so so. The clam chowder was good. The saloon atmosphere and perhaps the oyster bar would be better.

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·Dined 2 days ago

I try to go to the Oyster Bar for lunch every time I visit New York, not only for the ambience of the place, but also the food - and oysters and lobster specifically. It never disappoints.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Brunch
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·Dined 3 days ago

Loved eating here for the first time! Our bartender/Oyster Bar Expert was wonderful and gave us a great education in oysters which was entertaining and interesting!!!! Tons of fun and super fresh gorgeous tasting oysters!!!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food/service/atmosphere. Seafood is fresh and prepared well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Waiter was very rude. Waited 45 minutes for half a dozen oysters and he then said ‘oysters take long sorry’. None of the oysters were cut out their shells and all tasted bland. Also had the bouche de Noel chocolate desert. Didn’t taste like anything and meringues tasted like chalk. Not worth 50+ dollars. Never feel the need to come back here and eat.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

I always love the Oyster Bar and it is a lot of fun around the holidays! Food was fantastic and the service is always great. Love the menu - so much to choose from and they make it all look easy. Super fresh fish and great chowder!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Authentic, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

We were seated quickly and the place filled up quickly for lunch. However, it took a good 10 mins or so for waiter to come around. When food came, not all of our order arrived. After awhile trying to flag someone down i literally had to get up and go look for our waiter. Eventually the rest of our food came. Two of us had seafood caesar salad -- it was bland with a little crab and several shrimp (neither of us cared for it.) The other had fish and chip which he deemed 'just ok.' I believe each of these entrees was $29.99! It was quite loud and hard to hear each other -- which i expected. But at this point i really don't see what this place has going for it other than being in grand central. Not recommended.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Superb fresh fish. Incredible variety of sea food. Excellent preparation. Magnificent old architecture. Moderately priced and great value. No wonder it is still jam-packed after 90 years.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

A NYC Institution. This is it. The seafood restaurant of New York. A complete NYC experience in every imaginable way. Great, fresh seafood always!!

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·Dined 5 days ago

This famous NYC restaurant is full daily for lunch. The decor and location are unique. Located off of a hallway in Grand Central Station there is nothing like this place. The seafood is fresh. Clam chowder is a must. The counter seating makes this a good spot if you are dining alone. If the large restaurant is too overwhelming ask for a table in the bar. Enjoy!

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·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious food! All waiters very kind and attentive. Didn't get a chance to try drinks or desserts, as we were on our way to a show and had to hurry.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Seasonal, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Always wonderful. Oysters - a bit pricey this time.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Fair experience, decent food, terrible waiter.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Bad service and poor quality food and expensive!
And because there were about to clear they put us in a hurry

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Had a reservation. Waited 30 mins to get our drinks. Go to order food and they are out almost if everything we wanted. Server was rude. Worst restaurant experience in all of NYC.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Fresh seafood offerings in a lively historic setting. Have been here several times over the years and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was okay enough but service was very lacking, especially for a Saturday evening.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

New York Landmark. Fresh fish well prepared. Nice atmosphere in Grand Central.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We have dined at the GC Oyster Bar on many occasions. This most recent visit was a bit disappointing. Our waiter seemed distracted, and in fact mixed up our drink order with another table. There was a longer than usual wait for oysters and although the oysters were wonderful, the "seared" tuna I ordered had absolutely no sear and very little flavor. I'm no chef, but I certainly know the difference between baked, broiled and seared! Restaurants can certainly be hit or miss, and that said, this one missed this time.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We always visit GCOB when we are in New York. It’s a tradition, and the oysters & wine list are as good as ever.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I gave a lower rating because the service was exceptionally slow.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Service was not at level expected. We were made to feel very rushed.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Lovely location with beautiful ceiling. Slightly frustrating that the computer system went down and the waiter couldn't work out the bill. But overall, very good. Would go again!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Healthy
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Good food quick service. 3rd time in NYC and 1st time managed to get the the oyster bar was worth the wait

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The oysters, beer, wine and chowder were great. I love this place.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Allways a great venue for Lunch. Fantastic seafood, esp. the oysters.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

After living in NYC for almost 28 years, I finally ate at the Oyster Bar. It did not disappoint. Very old school in its ambiance, and menu, but so much character. And tasty food! I will be back, for certain.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, People Watching, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

At 7 PM, they were out of many specials. Service was rushed and brusk.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We greatly enjoyed our food, but the service was lacking
the waiter seemed not to care and was not very attentive

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Bucket list kinda NY spot. Cafe, dining room and a pub since 1913. Good raw bar. Nice exclusive blend imported French white. Nice seafood lunch. Pub side looks cozy. Understand the reasons it's survived 100 yrs. In NYC. #oysterbar

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 6, 2017

This classic only gets better. We were there for oysters and were not disappointed. Large selection of East Coast oysters with a variety of sizes, amount of brine, etc. We chose Malpaque, Well Fleet, Pemaquid, and IslandvCreek. Divine. Cannot wait to return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Horrid experience. Absurdly long wait for a server to take our order. Food was average at best and overpriced. Left half of my entree uneaten and didn't stay for dessert. Have been to the restaurant many times and this will be my last visit. It's become a real tourists trap. With the number of other seafood options within walking distance from GCT, I advise to avoid this establishment like the plague.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Very enjoyable- as was expected
Food and service was great

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

extremely noise, could not have a good conversation with 6 people

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