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Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

89 East 42nd St, Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal, New York City, NY 10017
+1 212-490-6650
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  • Excellent40%
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  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
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89 East 42nd St, Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal, New York City, NY 10017
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It's good to return to a great restaurant and feel at home. The venerable Oyster Bar at Grand Central Terminal is still thriving. The bread sticks and rolls are as good as they ever were. The clams casino are scrumptious and the huge menu is...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A good friend of mine said we must go to grand central station during rush hour, so we decided to go early and have an early dinner at the oyster bar. The establishment is clean and well maintained. The staff was friendly and efficient. The...More

Thank Dave G
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

It's a pleasure to hear about your great experience with us, Dave. Thanks for your review and see you again the next time you're in the city. Kind regards, Frank, General Manager

Reviewed 1 week ago

The ultimate meal in an Art Decor Railway Station dating back to the 1920's. Book ahead to avoid disappointment. This Fish restaurant specialiazes in Fresh Oysters in Oysters and Seafood from all over America. Fresh Oysters or Fried , Giant Shrimp Salmon ,Sole and their...More

Thank PrestonpansEast
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Your compliments are very much appreciated! Thanks for taking the time to leave us this lovely review. 'Til we meet again, Frank, General Manager

Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved this place. I can offer you many reasons to go. 1) Because you love oysters. The oyster selection is diverse and very fresh, and the staff are very knowledgeable. I had a mix of east and west coast. The Pemaquid were my favourites....More

Thank Michael C
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We truly appreciate your kind and thorough review, Michael. Hope you'll have a chance to make it back in sooner rather than later! 'Til next time, Frank, General Manager

Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this place twice during our stay in New York, once for a drink and the second time for a meal. The food was excellent and good value compared to other eateries in the city. Although the prices are a little eye watering compared...More

Thank belean
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're thrilled to know you could have not one but two great experiences with us while you were here in NYC. Thank you for your review -- we hope to see you again whenever you're next in town. Best, Frank, General Manager

Reviewed 1 week ago

We always sit at the bar, so we can watch the staff shucking the oysters & making the seafood chowder etc. It is a wonderful NY icon and well worth a visit. Who would have thought there are so many different varieties of oysters from...More

Thank Pam S
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It's always a pleasure to have you guys stop by for a delicious meal, Pam. Thanks for supporting our oyster bar! 'Til next time, Frank, General Manager

Reviewed 1 week ago

You have to try this place at least once. It is like a luncheonette and you are rubbing shoulders with businessmen and laborers. The seafood is fresh and excellent. Don't expect fine dining but that is one of the charming things about it. Oh, and...More

Thank tms012016
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We can't thank you enough for the glowing recommendation. Come back anytime! Regards, Frank, General Manager

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful experience at the Oyster Bar Restaurant in Grand Central Terminal! (Lucky we went the day we did, as Kate Spade had the entire restaurant booked the next day during Fashion Week!) Husband and I started by sharing Oysters Rockefeller, then a...More

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James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're thrilled to know you and your husband could have such an excellent dining experience with us! There's something special about oysters, and we're glad you both got to explore the various flavors, textures, and contexts that accompany each. Looking forward to next time already....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visit New York at least once a year, and used to like the oysters very much. However, quality was not the same, and I always order the same kind. Service was ok, I went for lunch, and there was not too much people. But...More

Thank Luis H V
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We apologize if your most recent visit with us felt off, Luis. We'll be sure to do better next time. See you then, Frank, General Manager

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Grand Central Oyster bar lives up to its reputation. I like that it is tucked away in Grand Central, it's not pretentious, it is touristy, but it's easy to get a spot in the back somewhere where you can enjoy at least 10 choices of...More

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James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Glad to hear you enjoyed dining with us! We sincerely look forward to serving you again someday. Best, Frank, General Manager

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lizmcneil2016
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Response from Anders H | Reviewed this property |
I have never booked a table at this restaurant (been there 10+ times). The place is large, and even if there is no available table, it sure will be, with a short wait. Anyway I always go to the saloon (free seating in the... More
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Response from allen k | Reviewed this property |
the tavern area is very nice but not romantic.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 100
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
07:30 - 19:00
Monday
06:30 - 20:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 20:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 20:00
Thursday
06:30 - 20:00
Friday
06:30 - 20:00
Saturday
07:30 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 89 East 42nd St, Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal, New York City, NY 10017
    (Vanderbilt and Lexington)
  • Public Transportation: Metro North; 4,5,6,7; Times Square Shuttle
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-490-6650
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Description
Grand Central Oyster Bar is the ultimate experience for any seafood. Lover. From the market to your plate, we've spent nearly a hundred years perfecting our seafood dishes. Every morning, the chef goes to the New Fulton Fish Market to personally pick the day's freshest seafood. Everything from lobster to different kinds of fish is hand-picked for the best flavor and freshness. We're most famous for our oysters though, with over 30 different varieties on any given day. Have your dishes prepared minimally, or choose to have your meal in the form of a po' boy. Whatever floats your boat. To go with your Oysters, our extensive wine list has over 400 wines by the glass or bottle, 55 of which are priced under $38. We love sharing our great seafood, so we like to keep everything, including our prices, accessible. Come in for our Happy Hours (menu on website), where you and your friends can pick up some fresh food and drinks at prices so good it's fishy! Across our restaurant we have more than 450 tables across two dining rooms. Traditional experiences are supplemented by our saloon, which features a large bar. Instead, you could choose to sit at Oyster Bay, where you can watch your Oysters being shucked. The Grand Central Oyster Bar has always been a social experience, bustling with buzz, activity and a rich history. There is truly nowhere else like it!
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