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About Metropolis Oyster Room and Cocktail Bar

Metropolis Oyster Room and Cocktail Bar is tucked away beneath Blue Water Grill offering a selection of raw bar specials and modern takes on classic seafood dishes. Indulge in craft cocktails and champagne while enjoying live musical performances five nights a week from talented singers and bands playing a range of musical genres including contemporary, jazz and soul.

31 Union Square West
New York, NY 10003
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday 5:30 - 11:30 PM

Cross Street:
16th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 533-2500

Website:
http://metropolisnewyork.com/

Entertainment:
Live musical performances five nights a week from talented signers and bands playing a range of musical genres including contemporary, jazz and soul.

Parking Details:
Public garage located on 16th Street between 5th Avenue and Union Square W Hotel. Street parking in area.

Public Transit:
L, 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q & W trains to Union Square/14th Street. M14, M1, M2, M3, M6 & M7 buses to Union Square/14th Street.

Executive Chef:
Chris Meenen

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Planning a special event or business function? Inquire about our private spaces – the Bank Vault Room for up to 40 guests and the Metropolis Oyster Room & Cocktail Lounge for up to 120 guests – by calling our Special Events Department at 212-331-0328 or emailing events@brguestinc.com.

Private Dining

Metropolis Oyster Room and Cocktail Bar can accommodate any occasion, and any party size. The Dining Room seats up to 135 guests with a private bar, great for weddings, birthdays and showers. The private Bank Vault Room is completely sound proof with built-in A/V for business meetings and presentati

Metropolis Oyster Room and Cocktail Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.2

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4.3

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3.9

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (189)
Hot Spot (172)
Notable Wine List (158)
Vibrant Bar Scene (97)
Great for Brunch (93)
Late-night Find (91)
Great for Outdoor Dining (51)
Great for Lunch (47)
Kid-friendly (28)
Live Music (18)
Scenic View (15)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Good for a Date (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Fun (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Authentic (4)
Cozy (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
People Watching (3)
Business Meals (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Casual (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

I have been at this place before couple times about two/three years ago and I had a great time. Under the good impression, I make the reservation again and I experienced the worst service ever.

Tags: Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Great music and fine food, lovely atmosphere--what more could you ask for? We went to Mteropolis to hear the wonderful Hila Kulik on piano. What an extra plus to be introduced to a marvelous young jazz singer Katini Yamaoka-Dinkubahi . The other musicians were top notch as well. We weren't even thinking about the food--so it was a treat to find the small but exquisite menu. Fish is the specialty, and our group really enjoyed the sushi appetizer and salmon main. The terrific waitress didn't blink when asked to accommodate the vegetarian in our group--brought a yummy fava bean ravioli that wasn't on the menu. A rhubarb tart for the table was a perfect finish.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

No one came to check on us after dropping off our food. Tried to wave down the staff for refill on water but never got the attention. We noted another table near us kept getting refills and plates cleared. It wasn't busy so I'm not sure what the issue was. We decided not to stay for dinner and left after we had our oyster and prawn platter which were tasty to be fair. Jazz and ambiance was nice as well. Too bad service put a bad taste in our mouths.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Birthday. Good environment. Good food. Great dessert.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2017

We had a great Brunch with jazz music at Metropolis yesterday. The food was delicious , great service , elegant room and good live music. Too bad there were not more customers to fill the room and create a more vibrant ambiance . The Blue Water grill upstairs was packed and not Metropolis downstairs .. I don't understand why. It deserves much better.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Live Music, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 2, 2017

This is a great REAL New York Experience. Outstanding Jazz which is perfect for drinks and dinner. Great venue at the end of a hard week or day. The music is just right and the staff is outstanding as well. Highly recommend.. a true find!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic, Seasonal, Outstanding Value, Scenic View, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Went for Valentine's Day. They had a four-piece jazz band playing the entire time. It's slightly more casual than Blue Water Grill upstairs. Guidance from our server about what to order wasn't very helpful, but the sushi was fantastic and the cocktails were strong. Loved it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, People Watching, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We had a spectacular New York, New Year's Eve to remember!!!
World class cocktails, music, ambiance and cuisine!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Late-night Find, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2016

The place is so nice since the renovation, but not making the most of it. The live band seems like they don't enjoy playing there. The entire place needs a bit more life. The service was just ok, we had to constantly ask for someone as we did not have a set waiter.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2016

the Metropolis Room has a small menu, but everything we ordered was delicious. the service was attentive but not intrusive. it is a bit pricey, but we wanted to have a nice dinner in a lovely restaurant and also listen to live music while we dined. so, for our party of six, we were satisfied with our evening.

Tags: Live Music
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Change the color of the decor... too drab!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2016

So so. Food is over priced and not that great; live music was excellent but too loud.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 3, 2016

What a fun place. The jazz was great. The oysters were wonderful. The food was fun. Service was perfect. Will most definitely return. Bravo, Adam Raksin!

Tags: Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Live Music, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Not sure why they call this an oyster bar. Just a few cooked oyster selections on the menu, and wait staff had no idea what kind of oysters were being served ("east coast and west coast"). Oysters Rockefeller served luke warm with a taste of oysters that were far from fresh. Service abominable. Had to keep tripping waiters to ask to have our wine refilled. Very nice jazz in a comfy room though. Shame the food and service are so bad when the venue and music are so good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2016

Delicious food, wonderful ambiance, terrific service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2016

Great atmosphere and great live music. Kind of expensive, but if you're looking for a fancy night out this may be the spot. Be prepared to spend ... but the food is excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2016

We would not return to Metropolis. We loved the decor and the jazz was great. The ambience is as advertised. The place has a lot of potential.

The food was good (not great), but the service was just awful. After waiting, we had to call someone over to take our order. Even after the oysters took a while to come out, we also had to ask at least twice when our entrees would arrive. The place wasn't even full. Several of the large booths behind us were empty.

Our bill was almost $800.00. There is simply no excuse for bad service at that price.

There are better places in the city to enjoy jazz and dinner than Metropolis. Go somewhere else.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2016

Excellent food, portions were a good size. There was a two man band playing while we were there.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2016

If they could have done something about the cold air blasting down from the air conditioning, they might have got 5* overall. My wife had to wear a scarf! But good food and great music.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Interesting menu, splendid food, great service, amazing bartenders and live music--perfect combination!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Superb concept, excellent food and beverages. Continued success is in order.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2016

Service was exquisite. Food was delicious. Good live jazz music. Not cheap, but well worth the trip.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Service was non existent first 35 mins. Had a 8:30 reservation. They seemed understaffed so I was being more patient then my husband who want to leave.

Luckily the food was well worth it! Once we did get service it was fantastic!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Luv the decor. Service was great. Oysters and seafood towers were great. The other food was good but a bit off note. This could be a home run, especially with chefs that came from Vaucluse, etc. The hostesses were excellent (friendly, etc)

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Business Meals, People Watching, Casual, Good for Groups, Live Music, Good for a Date, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Great live jazz music... not too loud. Flavored Oyster selection was confusing as menu listed 6 different choices and noted that you had to order a minimum of 3 .... but we were told you had to have a minimum of 3 of each type..... totally wrong way.... change your policy or make the wording on the menu fuller explanation. Food was good but, overpriced.... I guess to pay for the music and the new interior design. Also portions on drinks should have been more generous.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2016

This is a very beautiful restaurant. Everyone seemed very focused on making this a wonderful experience, so I feel that the service was just superb. This is no small thing in New York; it's hard to come by, and it makes me want to go back to this beautiful spot and take my husband and friends who I know would appreciate being well cared for as we have a fantastic meal. I would say a thing or two about the food. It was really delicious and expensive. The loaf of bread that comes to the table, brought by the most gracious server, is so wonderful that I wish it were a little more generous. I understand that it's not necessary, because filling up on it could really spoil what follows, but it seems like a place that costs a lot to eat at should just be a little more lavish with the things that come without ordering. The one part of the meal that I didn't think was up to the high standard set for the food was the oysters that we ordered. My friend's mother was with us and she loves oysters but she said she felt that the oysters Rockefeller were just a lot of parsley. I wouldn't have said that, but the flavor was no match for all the other amazing dishes we had. This is an expensive restaurant in my humble opinion, but the food, the great service, the beautiful atmosphere with a jazz trio and a angelic singer make it perfect for a special splurge. Thank you all and hope to see you again soon.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2016

The jazz was great and the oyster shooters, even better!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Helped that we had a perfect seat for the excellent jazz trio+singer. They played standards and set the mood for the place, classy, sophisticated while comfortable. The shellfish platter for two was the perfect amount, and the cocktails were spot on. Staff were all attentive and professional.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2016

My new favorite restaurant in NYC. The staff is amazing, friendly, and warm. The menu is incredible and delicious. And the music is always a winner (live jazz bands).

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2016

If you love jazz and oysters, this is your place! Terrific trio provides fabulous ambience to this softly-lit hideaway in Union Square. Limited menu, but lovely. Seafood towers are yummy, priced for the number of diners: oysters, clams, shrimp, crab legs, lobster. The small loaf of hot crusty bread dropped off by a smiling member of the wait staff is worth the trip. Ashley will tell you everything you want to know about the place, including their chef from Per Se. Excellent wines.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2016

We have been going to the Blue Water for years have celebrated many family and special occasions there. The service has always been good. On Friday night we celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary at Metropolis and I have to say it was memorable. I always comment to my husband how I wish we had a good supper club in New York City to go to. He always said maybe its to old fashioned. Well Metropolis is a good alternative to that. We want to thank everyone in service they made the occasion perfect. Our waiter was so amiable and helped us feel at home. Thanks again for everything. GladysJ

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Outstanding customer service. Our party of four was seated early & treated to a lovely variety of Jazz musicians! The servers were knowledgable & friendly. I highly recommend the table side martinis and the flavored oysters! Superb! We look forward to our next dinner.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 14, 2016

Amazing food and service. Our dinner may have been the best meal we ever had in a restaurant, better than many "famous and expensive" restaurants. Seafood tower was fabulous. Caesar salad was enough for two and the Surf and Turf Tartare was delicious. My wife had the chicken and it was juicy and tasty. My Filet Mignon was cooked to perfection and the side dish of spinach and potato was very creative and out of this world. Not sure how we had room for dessert, but the Chocolate Mousse and Apple Crisp were to die for. We would absolutely go back again and would rate Metropolis 5*, not to be missed if you have the opportunity.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Live Music, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2016

Beautiful room and great music on opening night. Little loaf of bread was delicious! Seafood tower was OK..shrimp were the best. Lobster and crab legs lacked flavor, tasting a bit waterlogged.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 19, 2016

Father's Day brunch in the Jazz Room.....good food, great music. We were a little surprised that the staple brunch cocktails (Bloody Mary's and Mimosa's) were not included in the price but we still enjoyed ourselves and plan to return. The sushi was fresh and delicious and the crab cakes were fantastic. The music was delightful and it made the brunch extra special.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 19, 2016

Great ambiance. Excellent jazz quartet. Pleasant surprise.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2016

The Jazz room downstairs is a very nice place for a Friday night date - a little loud, but not so much that you can't have conversation. The food is good, not great but

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2016

Live music is usually a winner - as it was that night at BWG. The drinks were painfully expensive. The seafood tower was excellent and great value.

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 14, 2016

Limited menu and very overpriced

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2016

We sat in the jazz room which was awesome. The sushi is to die for, I will be back for that specifically. The waiter was great, his suggestions where exceptional. The only thing about him was it took a while to get the check, on the other hand we didn't feel rushed. The atmosphere was great and the food was all amazing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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