I loved Grey Lady -- super cute ambiance and great value (seriously the cheese plate had huge blocks of cheese for $18, and the $17 pot of mussels was ENDLESS). Would return in a heartbeat!
Sunday brunch with in-laws who wanted raw oysters. Oysters were fresh and well presented. Delicious if pricey cocktails. Super accommodating of our 1 year old .
Smoked salmon toast and NE clam chowder were very good. Brownie dessert was good but not special
The restaurant was empty when we got there at 8:00 pm so I should have known then. The waitress forgot one of our meals. Two of the meals were so bad we had to send them back. Grey Lady has a nice bar and my cocktail was fine. I’ll certainly never eat there again.
We enjoyed brunch with the BLT Sandwiches and an order of Eggs Benedict and all of the food was really tasty. Service was quick and friendly. There is nothing "fancy" about this place but I would certainly return. Really relaxed atmosphere.
Overall, it was good meal! Wasn't very crowded but the service was slow (took 10+ min for the waitress to bring drinks after we ordered them)
hey publish on their website it's happy hour drinks and all you can eat $1 oyster happy hour from 6pm -close every Monday and also on their menu in the restaurant it says this, however when you try and order either of these items they tell you "it's been a last minute kitchen change and it's only till 7pm" we argued with the and told them we can all the from queens and they said they would adhere to the posted price, but after only 3 rounds they told us they could no longer offer the oyster deal and the drinks were full price the entire night. Do NOT recommend!!!!
Noisiest restaurant I have ever experienced. My date and I had to speak very loudly across the table and still couldn't hear each other at times. Even our server complained that she couldn't hear her orders. They were out of two of their signature dishes even though it was only 8:45. Our second choice, the tuna burger, was okay but the fries were barely warm so we sent them back. My seafood stew was so salty I couldn't finish it. The accompanying toast was burned. So badly it was bitter. I would have sent it back but it was so deafeningly loud, that we decided to cut our losses and just get outta Dodge. The raw oysters were good, but that was the only high point. Altogether a really disappointing effort from a restaurant with such hype.
Great oysters and good beers
Sunday breakfast food
Although there was no issue making the reservation, (a) it seemed like there was a private party with a "list" (and the doorman didn't have my name for the regular dinner rsvp), and (b) it was basically a club at that hour because they cleared away the tables to make more dancing room (and were pressuring me within 15min of arriving to "hurry up" so they could do the same to my table. This is all fine, but they shouldn't be listed as having dinner rsvp's open if this is happening.
Amazing seafood at relatively good price. The lobster roll and lobster pasta were chock full of chunks of lobster. Good crab toast and calamari appetizers as well.
Came here after running the NYC Half Marathon and I couldn't have picked a better place! The service was amazing and the food not only looked amazing, but tasted unbelievable. Highly recommend for a group brunch - no one has stopped talking about the egg sandwiches and how amazing they were!
My son ordered the cod for dinner.....the serving size was minuscule and the "vegetables" listed in the description on the menu were microscopic. Very poor value for the money. Otherwise the location was good and the staff was friendly.
Overall good option for seafood in the LES. Oysters and clams were fresh. Shrimp and Lobster not so much. Friendly service and nice atmosphere.
Great service from our waiter Mark, and delicious fare from start to finish. We had the chef's choice oysters (half price!), bacon wrapped shrimp, calamari, and (hilariously) the $6 bread and butter. Skip the bread, but I recommend everything else!
Everything about our experience was excellent. Best clam chowder ever. Lobster roll was also delicious
While the food was quite good, the atmosphere was not nearly as cool as I thought it would be. The photos I saw online gave the impression it was more upscale. In reality it was dingy and a bit run down. The roped off smoking area beside the front door was not impressive. It is more bar and less restaurant. By the time we finished our dinner around 10:30 they had moved the tables around us to make room for the bar crowd.
I had the lobster roll, which was very good but I wouldn't return. Too many other great options in the city.
Creative cocktails, always fantastic oyster selection, delicious large plates. Can't rave enough about this place.
The small portions we overpriced. There's nothing to recommend this restaurant - you can find the same food better done and at a better price elsewhere.
arrived for dinner on Saturday at 10:15. Tables being cleared and carted away and place became club-like filled with mostly over-privileged, rude, college-aged and 20 something. Good DJ but very loud. We were in search of oysters and a quiet dinner. so not a great mix. That being said, however, our service could not do enough to take care of us. she was friendly, the service was fast, and the food was good. Then we high-tailed it out of there! if you want a quiet dinner don't go after 9:30. Otherwise I would go back.
if you are gonna have happy hour oysters, know what types they are
The food was really good overall. It's a rare spot where the entrees were better than apps. Don't miss the fish and chips and Tuna burger. Altho beware of the boisterous bar scene that's right next to the dinner tables and all along them. We went at 9pm on a Saturday and it was a raging party around us. It was fine with us but be aware if you are looking for a romantic or quiet meal.
Came to Grey Lady to catch up with some of my best and oldest friends. Everything was SPOT on. Although a bit chilly (no fault of the restaurant, duh), it was worth every minute.
My only piece of advice would be to retrain some of the bus boys/food runners. A few times we asked him for another round of drinks and he insisted on getting the waitress. No inconvenience, but it seemed a little unprofessional to us.
Thanks for a great experience!
A great place with really inventive food, with a wonderful bar. Tremendous service and ambiance. Highly recommended.
Great Night thanks guys
Nice menu - good service. Would certainly go again.
Very accommodating for large groups. Great service.
We were in the area and found Grey lady as one of the only places open with reservations. We had the burger, pastrami and egg sandwich and pancakes, and were very happy with the food. The staff were also very understanding and tolerated our two kids' wandering around their restaurant.
The service and the food were both awesome! The bar got a little rowdy towards the end of the meal and it was pretty loud, but I would definitely go back. Great oysters! And the lobster stew was amazing!
Overall, it was a disappointing experience. I had read very good things about Grey Lady and, just the night before going, I reviewed the dinner menu on its website and was excited about some of the prospects. Unfortunately, the first disappointment was that the menu had changed radically overnight, and few of the dishes remained, save for their staples such as the lobster rolls and raw bar. No one mentioned this change when we walked in.
When we arrived, the hostess was no where to be found, and we stood there waiting for a long time while the remaining staff ignored us. When the hostess did arrive, she seated us but did not provide menus. She later returned with a single menu though she had seated two of us. Not a good start.
The food was very good, albeit meagre portions. We had the brussel sprouts and the cauliflower for starters, and the hot lobster rolls for the large plates. The lobster rolls were really good; no question about that. The starters were good but arrived lukewarm, so I assume they were no expedited from the kitchen well. (The waiter warned us about the "hot" plates in which they were served, but these were not hot.) I had never had a hot lobster roll, and it was a treat.
The service was mediocre in general. The server did not know much about the beers and ales on their draft beer list, and when I asked which were amber, if any, rather than asking the bartender or someone who did know, she just said she did not know. I later saw that they did in fact have amber ales.
The ambience was different from what was depicted in the panoramic views on the website. It was not the light-feeling, Nantucket-like blue interior shown there, but a dark, bar-room atmosphere. That is fine, but it is not what we expected.
There are many other good places for seafood and oysters in New York, so I am not likely to return to this place.