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Grand Central Oyster Bar

4.0
4785 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Casual (75)
  • Great for Lunch (67)
  • Authentic (65)
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 4785 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
Noise · Moderate
77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMartin (New York Area)
5.0  Dined a day ago

In our many years of dining here, this was the best waiter and food. Kudos to all

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VA2003 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined a day ago

Service was very good. Appetizers, fresh oysters and clams casino we very good. Whole Branzino was delicious but TINY. The bouillabaisse was average for it being a restaurant specialty.

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vipLovely (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

The Gustavino ceilings are magnificent and the historical restaurant is a treat to experience. The service is perfunctory. The food is very good. The location is perfect.

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DMcRMcK (Kansas City)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

The Oyster Bar is my favorite place in the NYC area for fried clams. They had a non-traditional "dinner special" with wasabi aioli dip for the fried clams instead of the usual tartar sauce. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the different taste was, considering I had gone there for the "standard" that I always get.

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vipFlorite (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Enormous menu and generous portions. Somewhat noisy but it is possible to hear your companions.

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Bunny79 (London)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic venue and setting. The food was OK albeit I think I expected more than what was delivered. However, it was somewhere I’ve always wanted to go so perhaps my expectations were unrealistic. Worth a visit if you’re in NY but perhaps more for the setting than the food!

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iconoclast (Denver)
4.0  Dined 7 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 7 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 on February 17, 2018

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 on February 16, 2018

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 on February 15, 2018

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 on February 15, 2018

The clam chowder was barely warm but delicious

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DavidK 
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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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