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Metropolis Oyster Room and Cocktail Bar

4.3
387 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Perfect For:
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  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Saturday 5:30 - 11:30 PM
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Phone number
(212) 533-2500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chris Meenen
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
16th Street
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Parking details
Public garage located on 16th Street between 5th Avenue and Union Square W Hotel. Street parking in area.
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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.
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Entertainment
Live musical performances five nights a week from talented signers and bands playing a range of musical genres including contemporary, jazz and soul.
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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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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

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What 387 People Are Saying
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

The jazz and waiter were great. The waiter was not pushy at all on time and we sat for 3 hours. The raw seafood was also very good. The steak palliard was very dry and had been warmed over. Other than that, it was fun to sit in the Metropolis and watch the musicians. Being a local, the atmosphere is what I expected, but tourists would be very impressed.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

great oysters, good to sit and listen to some music on Friday or Saturday nights. service is very, very good.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Very disappointed New Year’s Eve dinner. Should have realized when no one came to seat us for 10 minutes that they were understaffed. Service was slow and indifferent all evening. We were told it was the regular à la cart menu but it wasn’t - it was a special New Year’s eve alacarte menu with prices higher and selections fewer and the dishes uneven. Duck wasn’t good. Trout was fine. Same side dish of steamed veggies served with all the dishes. Live music took a break for almost an hour. Champagne toast was cheap Cava. At 12:20 they turned the lights up and everyone had to vacate. Wont return.

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1.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on May 4, 2017

Birthday. Good environment. Good food. Great dessert.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

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

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on December 24, 2016

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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1.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on December 1, 2016

Delicious food, wonderful ambiance, terrific service.

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2016

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 5, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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)

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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).

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2016

Great ambiance. Excellent jazz quartet. Pleasant surprise.

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4.0Dined 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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