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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.
89 E. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10017
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 9:30pm; Saturday: 11:30am - 9:30pm
Vanderbilt and Lexington
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
There are various parking lots in the neighborhood.
Metro North; 4,5,6,7; Times Square Shuttle
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Grand Central Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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