Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

Restaurants, Seafood Midtown East
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Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant
Photograph: Courtesy of Grand Central Oyster Bar

It may be sacrilege to say it, but it seems that the legendary 96 -year-old Grand Central Oyster Bar, located in the epic and gorgeous hub that shares its name, is running on fumes. The surly countermen at the mile-long bar (the best seat in the house) are part of the charm, but the fishy lobster roll, overly breaded fried clams and ketchup-tasting pan roast are not. Play it safe—and classic—with a reliably awe-inspiring platter of iced, just-shucked oysters (there can be a whopping three-dozen varieties to choose from at any given time, from Baja to Plymouth Rock) and enjoy the vaulted-ceiling view. As long as the station is abuzz and the oysters good—they are—the other food is really beside the point.


Venue name: Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant
Address: Grand Central Terminal, Lower Concourse, 42nd St
New York
Cross street: at Park Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 11:30am–9:30pm; Sat noon–9:30pm
Transport: Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central
Price: Average main course: $25. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Jaime B

A landmark and seafood mecca in the city with five separate eating/drinking areas serving different purposes, for example a bar and lounge area and also a diner-esque seating area for oysters on the shell. I last ordered a soft shell crab sandwich for $15.

sean r

This place is oyster heavy and its a must do place when you in the city seafood martinis and craftbeers how can you go wrong love it

Evelyn D

Go for happy hour, you won't be disappointed! DE-licious oysters, great craft beer, reasonable prices and super cool atmosphere (just look at that ceiling!!!) Like taking a step back in time at this place, and as it should be because it's been around since 1913. There's a smaller bar at the restaurant entrance, or if you go to the right at the back is "the saloon" which is the main bar.