Grand Central Oyster Bar

Grand Central Oyster Bar

Seafood Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Midtown East, New York
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  • Trevor K.
    Trevor Kiv1 week ago
    Power lunches
  • Soo Young A.
    Bar side is very casual and friendly. Don't bother to drop by for oyster snack!
  • Nastya S.
    The price doesn't match the quality. (I tried oysters Rockefeller and dessert, didn't like both). Plus the staff wasn't really amiable, as I expected from other reviews
  • Jay M.
    Love this oyster place 😍👌
  • Klaus L.
    Raw bar is just awesome
  • Frances A.
    Oysters & martinis
  • Ben F.
    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!
  • Mike M.
    Mike McBryanApril 15
    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.
  • PureWow
    PureWowApril 14
    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
  • Marius
    MariusApril 2
    What great spot in NYC! Oysters are really fresh, nice selection of local beers as well!
  • Tom J.
    Tom JMarch 31
    Two words, Oyster Shots!
  • Kelly
    KellyMarch 24
    In business over 100 years, and a beautiful historic space. A true NYC institution and must do for seafood lovers.
  • Debby B.
    Debby ButlienFebruary 8
    A real NY classic.
  • Fernando K.
    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
  • Eric D.
    Eric DallemagneJanuary 10
    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.
  • María Z.
    María Z.RJanuary 9
    Nice place for seafood, not cheap but serve big portion and taste fresh
  • Meric A.
    Meric Akcay DunnDecember 22, 2016
    Friendly staff and great atmosphere... Scallops, oysters and shrimp...divine!:)
  • Eug K.
    Eug KNovember 11, 2016
    Happy hour $1.25 oysters (Very good) and 1/2 price drinks (not quite bad, surprisingly) is what you sometimes need in this city.
  • Qingxun
    QingxunNovember 4, 2016
    Solid array of choices, constantly updated on the board as per availability. Service a little snotty but ... Sit at the bar and revel in the experience.
  • Najla
    NajlaNovember 3, 2016
    U shouldn't miss it. Just try it, u won't regret it.
  • Jorrit G.
    Jorrit GhijselsNovember 1, 2016
    Love it! Have to go when in NY!
  • Kiwi W.
    Kiwi WangOctober 4, 2016
    Such a great New York experience. For locals and visitors alike.
  • Jack W.
    Jack WongSeptember 30, 2016
    Good food good venue
  • Nick H.
    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.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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
  • Ebee D.
    Ebee DAugust 13, 2016
    bar tender is the star of this iconic ever lasting place.
  • Hilary M.
    Hilary MAugust 12, 2016
    Great oyster selection
  • 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
  • Ela C.
    Ela CoboJuly 31, 2016
    The drinks are ok, the place is nice tho
  • 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
  • Nick R.
    Nick RunyanJuly 21, 2016
    Oysters and martinis
  • Mert S.
    Mert SevincJune 17, 2016
    Clam chovder and fried oyster
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DApril 15, 2016
    Food is excellent; service sloooooow- took, at best, 25 minutes to order!
  • Ryan
    RyanApril 2, 2016
    Oyster po boy from the takeout window!
  • Brisy Z.
    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!
  • Stephen S.
    Stephen SottileMarch 12, 2016
    Seafood, cocktails
  • Anna K.
    Anna KozlovaMarch 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.
  • Anna A.
    Anna AbeliansMarch 7, 2016
    atmosphere. didnt have time to eat but will make an effort next time
  • Lily
    LilyFebruary 28, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Always packed, but quick turnover. Great bartenders.
  • Nazli O.
    Nazli OguzJanuary 31, 2016
    Really good service, fresh and delicious seafood.
  • Chris C.
    Chris ChavezJanuary 12, 2016
    Best oysters ever, great flavor. Chowder was amazing!! The place was amazing!!
  • Elaine R.
    Elaine RossDecember 31, 2015
    Oysters of course!
  • Greg M.
    Greg MacDonaldDecember 30, 2015
    Great atmosphere, very classic New York!
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy SolorzanoDecember 30, 2015
    Love the vibe and food. Cocktails were too strong but not necessarily a bad thing for some. Please know this place is not for service, it's face paced.
  • Mischa
    MischaDecember 22, 2015
    Great tourist trap, this is NY you can get better sea food and fresher oysters, just keep searching
  • 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
  • Cynthia L.
    Cynthia LiaoDecember 2, 2015
    Oysters were not shucked fresh. Main dish was unflavored.
  • Erika S.
    ❤️ beautiful place, great oyster! One of my "have to" in NYC!
  • Sally D.
    Sally DuForeNovember 14, 2015
    Best best fresh clams. Oysters and shrimps and clam chowder soup best in the city!!!
  • Sally D.
    Sally DuForeNovember 14, 2015
    Best clams fresh delicious
  • CCnyc
    CCnycOctober 24, 2015
    Martinis and oysters
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinOctober 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
  • Trae F.
    Trae FOctober 18, 2015
    Um, oysters of course! The NE clam chowder is delish.
  • Gideon O.
    Gideon OlshanskyOctober 4, 2015
    Awesome spot. The Oysters are delicious and huge.
  • Aaron W.
    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.
  • Rana S.
    Rana SayiciSeptember 9, 2015
    food is very good but the atmosphere is amazing
  • Heléne B.
    Heléne BjörkmanAugust 31, 2015
    Seafood, shellfish lovers - don't miss this. Everything and every taste is possible.
  • Curtis S.
    Curtis ShoungAugust 30, 2015
    Oysters all very good quality. Excellent brine and freshness.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RosenfieldAugust 23, 2015
    What was once a classic is now a bit worn down. Go during the holidays for a bit of nostalgia and stick with the basics.
  • Lodovico M.
    Lodovico MazzolinAugust 11, 2015
    Ostriche doblon great!!!
  • Rafi R.
    Rafi RomeroAugust 9, 2015
    The oysters were bland and hard to tell apart. Drowned in condiments to the point that I questioned what was the point of having oysters if you can't taste them. Definitely skip this tourist trap.
  • Jamie B.
    Jamie BryantAugust 8, 2015
    Don't come here. Hot, slow and food is not great. Too expensive for what you get.
  • Rez A.
    Rez AbekAugust 7, 2015
    Overpriced Seafood version of Denny's.
  • Ashleigh G.
    Ashleigh GardnerJuly 31, 2015
    Fantastic selection of oysters, served simply in a great atmosphere. Skip the overpriced mains and stick to the oyster bar.
  • Amber V.
    Amber VittoriaJuly 26, 2015
    Amazing oysters, but not a huge fan of the lobster roll.
  • Julia L.
    Julia Lord NickleJuly 26, 2015
    Oyster pan roast is A+!
  • 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. http://www.signsvisual.com Read more
  • Marcos A.
    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.
  • Anna V.
    Anna VladauJune 17, 2015
    You'll find a lot of see food. It's a bit pricey but it's good.
  • Jose T.
    Jose TamayoMay 23, 2015
    NY + Oysters = this place. Good seafood, but slow service
  • Renee T.
    Renee TMay 6, 2015
    Plenty of oysters, beers, and a comfortable atmosphere. Classic.
  • Elbia S.
    Elbia Silva GannoumApril 21, 2015
    Oyester and any seafood like lobster too...
  • Luanne C.
    Luanne CorrienteApril 11, 2015
    Delicious Bloody Mary...reminds me of the ones I've had in NOLA. Yummy!!!
  • Brian M.
    Brian MichaelApril 10, 2015
    Absolutely awful service and terrible food. Don't ever bother coming here.
  • Peter W.
    Peter WesthMarch 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.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonMarch 19, 2015
    Sit at the counter and let them recommend oysters; they know them
  • Zac Z.
    Zac ZellersMarch 13, 2015
    get some raw oysters to start (ask your server to pick some out from the daunting list) before ordering your favorite fish on a dish
  • Valentina M.
    Valentina MonteMarch 10, 2015
    $1.25 oysters, $4 beers, $6 wines, $8 martinis, and appetizer specials. Mon-Wed 4:30-7pm, Sat 1-5pm in the Saloon and Lounge
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfMarch 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 =)
  • Caitlin D.
    Caitlin DickerboomMarch 3, 2015
    I love picking up friends at Grand Central and heading here for a bite. It's the perfect immersion into NYC
  • Ru L.
    Ru LuFebruary 22, 2015
    Lobster margarita was super fresh. The architecture is interesting too.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhFebruary 18, 2015
    Order the Oysters with Roasted Garlic Asiago Butter
  • Alfred M.
    Alfred M.February 16, 2015
    super busy. but high quality
  • 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.
  • karla
    karlaJanuary 17, 2015
    Clam chowder espectacular!! Sea Bass delicious!!! Great place!!!
  • karla
    karlaJanuary 17, 2015
    Clam chowder the best!!! Sea Bass and oysters
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateJanuary 17, 2015
    Oui oysters!
  • Ravi M.
    Ravi MexicoJanuary 14, 2015
    Smoked brook trout filet was sneaky great. Light smoke pristine flavor.
  • Thomas K.
    Thomas KnüwerJanuary 9, 2015
    You want the nostalgic NYC? Here it is! Go for the Kumamoto oysters.
  • 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.
  • OngAndrew 翁.
    OngAndrew 翁January 3, 2015
    Great food + good location + best service provided
  • micchele t.
    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.
  • 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
  • Carolina B.
    Carolina BorbergNovember 29, 2014
    Try the Long Island oysters. I tried them all. I was surprised these were the cheapest and tastier of the all. Might be the freshened.
  • Alex N.
    Alex NNovember 29, 2014
    Pysters are great, big variety of tastes, all is fresh
  • Chan V.
    Chan VandendaeleNovember 18, 2014
    Bekom oysters and bouillabaisse ;)
  • Kate S.
    Kate SchafferNovember 14, 2014
    The space is beautiful. Oysters were delicious. Waitress was very knowledgable and helped me order. I was very pleased.
  • Laura J.
    Laura JanssenOctober 31, 2014
    Great NYC vibe here. Bustling and jovial, and the oysters ain't bad either!
  • Chris T.
    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!
  • Maxim Bat.
    Maxim Bat.October 24, 2014
    oysters - "otters cove" is a must
  • Светлана
    Наисвежаишие морепродукты! Плато идеально на двоих) заряд организма полезным белком и нескучная ночь 😊 гарантирована! Суп буйабес расстроил. Много морепродуктов, а бульон на вкус никакой-пресный.
  • Andrey S.
    Andrey SolodApril 30
    Отличное заведение, со странным расположением на вокзале) свежие морепродукты. Счет около 100$ на двоих
  • watanabe m.
    クラムチャウダーとfresh clams
  • Andrey F.
    Andrey FantamazJanuary 15
    В городе есть более интересные места где можно поесть устриц. Дешевле и вкуснее
  • April A.
    April AvrilNovember 3, 2016
    Les huîtres si fraîches.....l'ambiance unique...dans GRAND CENTRAL.......entre amis super !!!
  • Basry Basri Y.
    Basry Basri YılmazApril 19, 2016
    Again Grand Central Oyster Bar 🍽🐟🍸🍾👌🏻
  • Petra M.
    Petra MeyerFebruary 11, 2016
    Ein Muss - wer Austern liebt!!!
  • MariaMaria
    MariaMariaFebruary 4, 2016
    Die Tagesspecials beachten. Der Fisch war echt lecker. Die Garnelen dagegen ein trockener, fader Reinfall. Für recht viel Geld besondere Location. Man erwartet vom Essen vlt bisschen mehr...
  • Aylin O.
    Aylin OzgirayJanuary 20, 2016
    Ilk kez istirideye yedim ve hosuma gitti, cigneyince deniz tadi almak gerekiyormus, dileyene tadimlik oyster menu var, ayrica new england clam chowder corba ve maryland crab cake sandvic cok lezzetli
  • April A.
    April AvrilNovember 1, 2015
    Suite à mon appréciation de la Gare Centrale ... Je précisais qu'il fallait découvrir le restaurant Grand Central Oyster Bar ....convivial ... Un bon moment.....
  • Antonio Luiz
    Antonio LuizOctober 6, 2015
    Um dos restaurantes mais icônicos de NYC, vale muito a pena ir, se quiser pagar mais barato é só sentar no balcão.
  • Nika G.
    Nika GSeptember 23, 2015
    Устрицы👍😋👌😍😍😍
  • Zé Renato C.
    Zé Renato CellaAugust 23, 2015
    Típico bar de rodoviária do País. Com direito a saloon e tudo. Excelente variedade de ostras.
  • Alexander G.
    Alexander GalitskiAugust 4, 2015
    Устрицы на вокзале.
  • JM N.
    JM NavaJuly 31, 2015
    Las almejas Rockefeller están de 10!
  • Fabio G.
    Fabio G.June 30, 2015
    Il misto di ostriche è ottimo.
  • Louis D.
    Filetes de trucha ahumada. Sopa Bouillabaisse. Cuarteto de ensaladas del mar. Hamburguesa de atún sellado estilo oriental. Flagship seasonal brew, de aquí mero, New York !!!
  • Debora C.
    Debora CavalheiroMay 17, 2015
    Muito bacana. Ostras imensas😍
  • Tausha
    TaushaApril 5, 2015
    Всё очень, очень, очень вкусно! Обязательно надо сюда идти!👌
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