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Grand Central Oyster Bar

4.0
4781 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Great for Lunch
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 9:30pm; Saturday: 11:30am - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 490-6650
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sandy Ingber
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Vanderbilt and Lexington
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Parking details
There are various parking lots in the neighborhood.
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Public transit
Metro North; 4,5,6,7; Times Square Shuttle
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4781 People Are Saying
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4.0  based on recent ratings
4.0
food
3.7
service
3.9
ambience
3.5
value
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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iconoclast (Denver)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

The wait staff must have thought haughtiness made the experience more elegant. It did not. The host/hostess and waiter were all rude and brusque. Another waiter who brought food was friendly. The food was fabulous tho. Oysters from five different places, all yummy. And NE clam chowder also delish.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

I had a great lobster roll full of excellent lobster, and just a touch of mayo to moisten it. Cole slaw was very fresh and sweet potato chips tasted homemade and not even a hint of grease!

My husband had the brook trout but was underwhelmed by it. He loved the hearty clam chowder.

Service was pleasant and efficient. This is not a restaurant that’s romantic-just tasty food for commuters who want a reliable fish dinner.

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vipExcellent (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Very fresh, high-quality seafood. We were impressed with the huge selection of fresh seafood, especially oysters.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Never had a bad experience. Food is always great and eclectic crowd. Always visit when in NYC and used to lunch there regularly when I worked in Manhattan.

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OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

One of the most selective oyster bar I have been to. Excellent choice. Very well guided in our choices by the friendly serving staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

The clam chowder was barely warm but delicious

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DavidK 
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Excellent food and service. Great waiter advice in a unique location. Not to be missed.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Oysters were fresh and delicious and so was the escargot and wild mushroom encrusted mahi mahi.
Service was subpar even though restaurant was not full.

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Nevis (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Very nice. Fun. Crowded and noisy. Great place to meet friends and visit

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vipSteven (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Sadly disappointing. Cool atmosphere and decent service but unforgivably poor food, especially at those high prices.

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DianaM (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

The worst meal I have ever had in nyc. Granted we ordered food that was perhaps not the signature dishes of the restauarant. We had oyster Rockefeller where the oysters had all fallen out of the shell. Manhattan clam chowder had very few pieces of clam meat and was too startchy. New England clam chowder came out like warm and lacking in clam taste. The clam linguine was way over cooked and completely tasteless made with chopped up canned clams and garnished with only 3 fresh clams. Salmon salad came with wilted leaves drowning in salad dressing (salmon was cooked well though). The only dish that was decent was the Arctic Char. This meal was overall extremely disappointing and overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Go for the oysters & bouillabaisse. Wellfleets best now. Order a few whites & have the Waiter to split them for sampling. Giacosas white Arneis & Greek Assyrtiko are cool to try

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Oyster is very good. Happy hours is good plaice.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I love the space and the food, so will return, but it's always noisy.

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AudetteF (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

I'm a very relaxed diner, not too picky, but this was a terrible meal. I ordered fried oysters and they were inedible - poor quality, badly battered, over fried. Overpriced. Ignored by waiter. Drinks were tiny (though good). Had to request things more than once. Coasting on reputation, I guess. So disappointing.

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BHNH (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Wonderful Historic Hotspot! It’s a bit pricey, but not outrageous, and the food is always excellent. You might expect to be hustled in and out since you’re in the middle of Grand Central Station, but service is always courteous. It’s a great tourist stop.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Love this classic. The chowder is amazing and has more solid food for the mains. Convenient location and classic old waiters.

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Eric (Minneapolis)
2.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

The Oyster Bar has a long history but has gone downhill. Ordered a martini and Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon. The martini was awful and the eggs were cold. A simple martini should be a strength of a classic restaurant, and there is no excuse for serving cold, previously poached eggs. My family has had dinner as a tradition at the Oyster bar for >20 years. This will be the last.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Top quality! Tucked away quietly in Gran Central this is a good spot for lunch!!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We were looking forward to eat here as we are oyster lovers. The place is gorgeous, and the oysters were ok. Apart from that our server was terrible, when we sat at our table I had no cutlery and my partner had no plate. We had to ask for it twice to someone else cause he just ignored us. When we asked him about recommendations he didn’t help, we order sone oysters and lobster, ask if that was enough and he rudely said NO. I asked him what else he would recommend and he answer in a bad mood “I don’t know. Shrimps” The lobster was over cooked, and the shrimps were a joke. Also over cooked, too rubbery, and only six of them, too expensive for a dish which was over $30. They came with tasteless over cooked rice. Really sad. Now I understand why the place is famous for oysters, you shouldn’t order anything apart from that. I have to say the server taking care of the tables next to ours was really kind, spoke Spanish and his tables looked happy. Ours didn’t even come to bring the check when we asked for it, and one of his colleagues told him we were calling. He was just standing by the station simply not caring at all.

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