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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Really enjoyed the food. The oysters were great and so was the She Crab Bisque. For being so big, the service was timely and courteous. The waiter was timely in delivering food. It was not delivered until we had finished with our appetizers which rarely happens. I have eaten at so many restaurants where they bring your entree out before I have finished my appetizer. This was not the case here. Will go back when I am in Grand Central.
You have to love this place and appreciate its history. That’s a few points right there. Then add the convenience and location.
The best food in nyc? Maybe not going to make a Michelin 5 star but always great service, tasty food at a darn good price considering.
It just feels good to take a step back and enjoy some of the freshest seafood and hello, OYSTERS, in all of NYC.
Find your inner Roman and old world nooo yooorka, have a gin and tonic and have a good time.
The service and food was fine; HOWEVER, they only have 1 set of restrooms and the night we were there they had a private party in the area where the restrooms are (the Saloon). So, when my wife and I had to go there, an employee had the nerve to tell us the restrooms are not accessible for the next 20 minutes and we should use the public restrooms outside the restaurant. At that point I fumed, scolded him and we walked passed him. The Manager came over to us and apologized, but did not even offer us a cocktail or desert (let alone pay for the whole meal). Apparently, they treat everyone like that when they have private parties. How dare they treat paying customers like that! Especially at a famous restaurant! If they only have 1 set of restrooms then they obviously are not equipped for private parties, since they should not be telling patrons to wait 20 minutes and to go use public restrooms outside the restaurant!
It should be noted I did not take it out on our server by leaving a poor tip and the food was good as usual. But that Manager and their policy is for the birds!
Have enjoyed this restaurant in the past -- but had a bad experience. Waitress would not seat us at a table that wasn't immediately adjacent to other diners, despite their being more than 1/2 of the tables unoccupied. After 4 attempts at 4 acceptable options (and four 'nos' -- with no attempt at a solution), we got the message, thanked and left.
I believe the maitre d and staff could be a bit more service-oriented and accommodating.
Food showed a sloppiness and lack of attention and care. Seems like an assembly line with not much care. Portions were quite small at $32/entree. No value here but good location and a NYC Classic. Disappointing that they count on riding on location and history rather than great food and attention to detail. Wine list needs major updating and attention to quality and value. Could be soooo much better all round with little effort or additional cost.
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