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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

3.7

ambience

3.9

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (79)
Authentic (69)
Great for Lunch (69)
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Fun (57)
Business Meals (52)
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Good for Groups (35)
Local Ingredients (34)
Bar Seating (33)
People Watching (32)
Hot Spot (31)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Pre/post Theatre (28)
Good for a Date (26)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Comfort Food (22)
Healthy (20)
Happy Hour (15)
Quick Bite (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Notable Wine List (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Cozy (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Great Beer (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Romantic (6)
Scenic View (6)
Great for Brunch (4)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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Live Music (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 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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 (Montreal)·Dined 3 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

The clam chowder was barely warm but delicious

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (New Orleans)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·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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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Oyster is very good. Happy hours is good plaice.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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·Dined on February 10, 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.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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·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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 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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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 4, 2018

It is s great spot with lots of history. A good vibe with lots of energy. Seafood was good but not excellent. It’s very expensive for what you get. I am glad we went but would not go back a 2nd time.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Un excelente servicio - Muchos mexicanos trabajando aqui y todos muy amables. Nos permitieron incluso conocer mas sobre la historia del restaurante de esta gran ubicacion.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This was a great find, very convenient- met my sister at the train station. The oyster selection was great. Service was exceptional, waiter was very accommodating and made helpful suggestions. Would love to come back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on February 1, 2018

Less than clean, mediocre to poor over priced food. Service was terrible.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent from drinks to desserts!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Great choice on the menu and perfectly located tucked away and feeling like it’s a little secret place only locals know about

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

A classic New York experience. Wonderful ambiance... excellent fresh shellfish and an endless seafood selection. Only 2 non-seafood items on the menu...as it should be.
And when you're done, take the elevator up to "Campbell's Apt."

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I had looked forward to visiting this spot for many years. Decided to grab a quick bite before a show at Radio City. Disappointed in menu, ambiance, and prices.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food is great but the service is a bit messy

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The Food is always very good and the service was Okay.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I love to visit the Oyster Bar. It takes me back to an older New York of decades past, but the food is au courant -- fresh, tasty, varied --- a treat. There is nothing like it in New York!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This oldie but goodie has the best selection of oysters anywhere and they are fresh and delicious. The fish main dishes are good and the overall ambience and service seem like old New York

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Best oysters in New York. Extensive menus with great seafood. The bar and dining room are my favorite places. Saloon is too noisy.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The Cherrystone clams are DIVINE!!!
the manhattan clam chowder a little gelatinous!

However, for the freshest seafood in town the Oyster Bar is it!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great food and incredible and professional service.

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Always a wonderful relaxing reasonable priced excellent seafood restaurant with a nice selection of draft beers and wines.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Slowest waitstaff in memory
Starvation torture by shellfish

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Over priced - chowder was cold and lacking in all aspects. Oysters were over priced for what was served. Don't go here - it is a touristy rip off.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Acceptable but not great food at high prices. Excellent location.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

A place with history, high service and really qualitative food

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