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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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4.0

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

3.6

ambience

3.9

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (82)
Authentic (74)
Great for Lunch (59)
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Fun (48)
Special Occasion (44)
Business Meals (38)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
Good for Groups (35)
People Watching (34)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Bar Seating (32)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Local Ingredients (28)
Hot Spot (27)
Good for a Date (26)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Comfort Food (23)
Happy Hour (21)
Healthy (19)
Quick Bite (17)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Scenic View (10)
Kid-friendly (8)
Cozy (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Romantic (8)
Disabled Access (6)
Great Beer (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 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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·Dined 4 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 5 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 5 days ago

Always wonderful. Oysters - a bit pricey this time.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Fair experience, decent food, terrible waiter.

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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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·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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 (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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Tasting Menu
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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

Tags: Tasting Menu
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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.

Tags: Healthy, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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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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 (Yorkshire)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Very disappointing. Food was mediocre and poorly presented. Tables were too close together and it was very noisy. Service was slow and sides arrived over 10 months minutes before main courses. I feel this restaurant is now just a tourist trap and they certainly are not trying for repeat custom.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

This is a tourist trap - and they know it!
We waited 1hr10mins for oysters and a further 20mins for mains. Oysters not as we ordered and mains bland and disgusting.
Cold, greasy fried seafood is unacceptable in a seafood restaurant. No garnish, just basic dish on the middle of the plate.
Add a disinterested, nonchalant waiter and it is a recipe for disaster. Disgusting food, lousy
Service - do NOT dine here.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Poor service. Waiter never returned to our table after taking order. Fried oysters ordinary and small portion. Monk fish and black sable ordinary. Sable was supposedly pan seared but really lightly fried and soggy as if previously frozen. The roll was good but butter too cold and couldn’t spread on roll.
If the restaurant food was excellent and the service just average I would return. But based upon the poor service ordinary to poor quality of food and preparation, the cost of the meal and the noise level so deafening you could not talk with your table mates, we will not be returning.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

food is as good as always - service was TERRIBLE and one of the waiters gave us an attitude because we did not like the tip - I will think about going back in the future

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Never saw the waiter after the food was delivered. Forgot the spoon for the soup and had to find someone else for one. Same with the final bill. Good food, questionable service.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We waited 60 mins for two bowls of chowder and a salad

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We were seated early which was very nice. the dining room was full but very comfortable. The food was delivered in a timely fashion and our waiter was attentive but not hovering. Overall it was an enjoyable time.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

予約して行ったが、テーブル席はプレートをオーダーしないと、予約なしのカウンターへ行けと言われた。本当にそういうものなのか疑問。

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Enchanting place! We met here for drinks and apps before the train. It was pretty busy at rush hour on a Friday but the bartender was on top of things. We got our drinks and food quickly and even got to sit when some bar stools opened up. Charming ambiance. Lots of folks meeting for a drink. Fun place!

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 (London)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I had the shellfish platter which was amazing

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

SERVICE WAS POOR, DONT SIT IN THE BACK CORNER LEFT OF THE CHECK IN. SICNE I GO ENOUGH, I WILL AVOID THAT SECTION. ENDED UP ENDING LUNCH EARY SINCE WAITER WASTED OUR TIME. GAVE LOWER THEN NORMAL TIP

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