Forget backpack-toting tourists and suit-clad commuters—you'll be knocking elbows with stroller-pushing locals at the Brooklyn outpost of this legendary seafood restaurant. Spanning the ground floors of three connected buildings, the spot maintains the midtown location's decor: A seven-foot-wide chandelier comes directly from Grand Central, while arches mimic the iconic vaulted ceilings. In addition to the 150-seat dining room, there's a more modernist lounge, featuring a marble-topped bar, plus white tables and chairs by Finnish architect Eero Saarinen. In an open kitchen, seafood-loving toque Justin Ernsberger (Lobster Joint, the Mermaid Inn) dispatches signature dishes like oyster stew and pan-roasted lobster, as well as new pasta dishes (linguine with white clam sauce, crab-and-chili tagliatelle) and kid-friendly fish sticks. Bivalves are still the star, but the midtown list of 30 has been trimmed down to 16 for this location.
Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn
|Venue name:||Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn||Contact:|
256 Fifth Ave
|Cross street:||between Carroll St and Garfield Pl|
|Opening hours:||Daily 11am-midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: R to Union St|
|Price:||Average main course: $20. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|