Grand Central Oyster Bar

Grand Central Oyster Bar

Seafood Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Midtown East, New York
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    The chowder at Grand Central Oyster Bar is a can't miss
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    Signs V.
    "Saturday:1:00-5PM in the Lounge & Saloon."(16 Tips)
    Pam B.
    "Get the oyster pan roast, an NYC endangered food."(11 Tips)
    "Clam chowder espectacular!! Sea Bass delicious!!! Great place!!!"(33 Tips)
    Andrew F.
    "Fried oysters and vodka martinis are perfect choice here."(10 Tips)
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  • oysters
  • saloon
  • good for groups
  • casual
  • sandwiches
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  • Bruno G.heart icon on user image
    Bruno GremezApril 11, 2018
    Whenever we are in New York, we visit this place to taste oysters from different origins together with some nice white wines from the New World. Very charming place in the centre of NYC. A delight!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Nick H.heart icon on user image
    Nick HsslgrvSeptember 8, 2016
    A Manhattan institution, this place is the perfect spot to impress a date with your New York-ing skills. After you eat, grab a couple tall boys in brown bags and sit on the steps and people watch.
  • CNN
    CNNDecember 3, 2014
    Its famed oyster pan roast, with gently cooked Blue Points floating in a cream sauce with chile and paprika, is one of the longest-running menu items in New York City. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 22, 2016
    The oyster pan roast is made with clam juice, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, Heinz chili sauce, celery salt, and half & half. It contains six Blue Point oysters from Long Island Sound. Read more
  • Matthew C.heart icon on user image
    Matthew CaldecuttAugust 24, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Oysters, but some are really fresh and some have been on ice longer than I like. The clam chowder is great. The clams casino my favorite dessert (It usually comes last.).
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinSeptember 19, 2019
    Beautiful setting! Loved the oysters, not so much the mahi mahi. Oysters rockefeller not my jam. Would return for a simple meal of oysters and champagne/bloody mary. Live lobsters!
  • Dens
    DensMarch 15, 2018
    The cajun fried shrimp appetizer things are A+++
  • Eric D.heart icon on user image
    Eric DallemagneJanuary 10, 2017
    It is a seafood restaurant. It opened along with the terminal itself in 1913 and has been in business ever since. In 2016, Zagats gave it a food rating of 22/30, meaning Very Good To Excellent.
  • Fernando K.heart icon on user image
    Fernando KikudomeJanuary 19, 2017
    Every single dishe was delicious. Lobster increable fresh. Norway salmon tasteful as the tuna and salad. The Oyster deserve five stars by far. The dessert ok, not memorable. Nice place to discover NYC
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 16, 2016
    Tell all your Boston transplant friends to give up their white paste-soup and head to Grand Central Oyster Bar, set of many a contemporary literary scene for a retro gone trendy-chic vibe. Read more
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneNovember 25, 2018
    Stick to oysters $3-4 each and apple pie dessert $7. Skip lobster 1lb salad $34, key lime pie $7 and sweet potato ice cream $7.
  • Aaron W.heart icon on user image
    Aaron WilliamsSeptember 19, 2015
    The broiled blue fish is the best you'll ever have. Sit at the counter facing the oyster shuckers and order anything they advise. Love love love this timeless place.
  • Chris T.heart icon on user image
    Chris ThurberOctober 26, 2014
    I remember having gone here about a year ago with my family, not expecting much. I was blown away by the salmon, clams, and all of the other fresh and delicious seafood they have to offer. Try it out!
  • PureWow
    PureWowDecember 18, 2015
    A haven for mollusk worshippers and harried New York commuters for more than a century, the seafood spot is still as epic as its iconic white-subway-tiled arches. Read more
  • Sandra F.
    Sandra FoytJanuary 24, 2015
    Bewildered by the variety of fresh raw oysters? Our waiter helped pick out an East meets West platter with succulent bites from Massachusetts, Virginia, and Oregon.
  • Signs V.
    Signs VisualJuly 16, 2015
    The food here is amazing! The Oyster happy hours are great fun as well--Monday thru Wednesday from 4:30-7PM, and on Saturday:1:00-5PM in the Lounge & Saloon. Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceFebruary 28, 2011
    Get the New England clam chowder-dotted with chopped clams plus cubed potatoes and a whiff of bacon. The broad bowl comes sided with oyster crackers in unlimited numbers, in addition to a biscuit
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeOctober 21, 2015
    You're here for the huge oyster selection & the historic design, but all the fish is pretty good. It's not cheap (many filets $30+) but it's extremely casual which may appeal to some more than others
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJuly 25, 2013
    A New York classic and a great place for oysters (of course) and plenty of other fresh seafood options.
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 5, 2016
    History lesson: This tomatoey version is nothing like the creamy New England-style chowder, but it’s been served in Grand Central Station for nearly 100 years. Read more
  • Marcos A.heart icon on user image
    Marcos AlvesJune 30, 2015
    Incredible variety of oysters at a fair price. If you don't know which ones to choose, just ask a dozen at the waiter's choise. Nice place at early night with a glass of white wine.
  • Silvia B.heart icon on user image
    What an amazing place to have dinner! We had oysters, lobster and Prosecco and we paid 200 dollars! It was delicious and all things considered not that expensive
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJuly 30, 2013
    The anchor restaurant of the Grand Central Terminal serves, in addition to oysters, 140 seafood dishes (and 5 non-seafood plates) under the famed and magnificent ceiling.
  • Charlottesheart icon on user image
    CharlottesMarch 8, 2015
    An instant favourite! What a way to spend valuable units of time. Champagne, oysters and the rest in a truly magical setting. What's not to love =)
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupApril 22, 2010
    Only in New York could you get some of the freshest seafood in town underground at a train station. Find some of the best clam chowder and biggest selection of East and West Coast Oysters in the city.
  • Kristel v.
    Dutch herring: available only for two weeks when the new season is there, somewhere in June. Lovely (and huge!) herring salad!
  • Peterheart icon on user image
    PeterMarch 30, 2015
    The oysters were phenomenal. The bivalve platter was uneven, though. The garlic mashed potatoes and the kale sprouts were great, and "Hoptical Illusion" and Ballantine IPA were the perfect matches.
  • Anna K.heart icon on user image
    Anna K.March 7, 2016
    Bloody Mary shooters are absolutely the must. Bouillabaisse has a satisfying amount of saffron in it, oysters are great and surprisingly tasty with a drop of horseradish.
  • Anechka M.heart icon on user image
    Anechka M.November 3, 2017
    New England chowder was so good, as well as grilled calamari! We asked for mix of oysters and it was delicious! Service is quick and the entire experience is very pleasant.
  • Mike M.heart icon on user image
    Mike McBryanApril 15, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Can be in and out in 10 minutes if you want the chowder. Or stay a while for oysters, fried fish sandwich and a few beers. Counter seating first-come, first served.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    Here you can try 14 or 15 varieties at one time. Few culinary pleasures can match the chance to compare several from far-flung locales. Or opt for a bowl of delicious clam chowder. Read more
  • Ashleigh G.heart icon on user image
    Ashleigh GardnerJuly 31, 2015
    Fantastic selection of oysters, served simply in a great atmosphere. Skip the overpriced mains and stick to the oyster bar.
  • Bohdan H.heart icon on user image
    Bohdan HnatkovskyyMarch 13, 2019
    The Legendary place with a great vibe and delicious seafood. Get a big plate for two. Oysters is a must.
  • Pia
    PiaApril 23, 2012
    Yummy oysters, the menu has an extensive list of fresh seafood, and the wine is good. They don't do HH but this landmark is worth checking out. Service is friendly as well. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Marie L.heart icon on user image
    Marie La RueNovember 24, 2019
    Impressive selection of oysters that changes daily. Antiquated place: decor, staff and menu probably haven’t changed since the 70s.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WilliamsNovember 14, 2012
    "Head underground for the freshly shucked East Coast Oyster Platter (eight for $21.35), the Bivalve Platter (four oysters, four clams for $14.35) or the Medley of Shellfish (ten oysters, two clams..." Read more
  • What's Good Hereheart icon on user image
    What's Good HereAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    For a quick lunch at this legend, order at the take out window. They have an assortment of their excellent dishes to go, including the delicious chowders.
  • micchele t.heart icon on user image
    micchele tottiDecember 5, 2014
    Everything from Clam chowder to oysters are great here. Service might look a bit rushed from the start but ask a question or two these guys knows what they do.
  • StayNYC R.
    StayNYC RentalsOctober 17, 2018
    Call for a reservation of nearly any size at this NYC icon, where parties gather to sit underneath its tiled arches to enjoy an oyster pan roast and other a la carte seafood dishes.
  • PureWow
    PureWowApril 14, 2017
    Oysters, prosecco and a gorgeously restored 104-year-old dining room in the heart of Grand Central Station—what more could anyone want? Read more
  • Brendan L.heart icon on user image
    Brendan LewisAugust 7, 2014
    This place is like a time machine into old-school New York. Keep it going by ordering the Clams Casino and don't forget extra bread to sop up the garlic butter
  • Ravi M.
    Ravi MexicoMay 8, 2014
    Still the king of all oyster bars in variety and freshness. But service was a little shady at last happy hour with double charges and overcharges. Will chalk that up to a fluke event.
  • Mariusheart icon on user image
    MariusApril 2, 2017
    What great spot in NYC! Oysters are really fresh, nice selection of local beers as well!
  • Ben F.heart icon on user image
    Ben FortneyMay 5, 2017
    It’s one of the only restaurants in NYC, and one of a few in the US, that's owned entirely by its employees via an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP). WORKERS UNITE!
  • David M.heart icon on user image
    David MinkinSeptember 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The tuna burger (only available at the bar or counter before 6pm) is freakin' huge and quite good. But in all honesty, if you want a tuna burger go to Lure. Their tuna burger is better.
  • Brisy Z.heart icon on user image
    Brisy ZhongMarch 27, 2016
    best oysters ever! they change the menu everyday and very small words to read so the easiest way is let the staff recommend something good!
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerJanuary 7, 2015
    Located in a classic nyc landmark. Bras d'or oysters w/roasted garlic asiago butter were good to split, but better off having straight up fresh oysters for a clean taste.
  • Mike F.heart icon on user image
    Mike FriedlichMarch 31, 2018
    While the food here is very good the service is terrible. The portion size of appetizers (fried oysters & lobster cocktail) we had was incredibly small. Fried oysters & fried clams were great though.
  • Steve-Oheart icon on user image
    Steve-OJune 8, 2013
    Very yummy. Can't go wrong with the selection of east and west oysters. They really ALL were delicious.
  • Giovanni D.heart icon on user image
    Giovanni D'PalmaDecember 22, 2017
    Swung by for a quick lunch, the tuna burger and the ipswitch sandwich were delicious and definitely try a few oysters!
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