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Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

89 E 42nd St, Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal, New York City, NY 10017-5503
+1 212-490-6650
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“oysters” (1,330 reviews)
“chowder” (139 reviews)
“oyster stew” (38 reviews)
Open Now
06:30 - 20:00All hours
CUISINES
International, American, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
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89 E 42nd St, Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal, New York City, NY 10017-5503
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was top of my restaurant wish list for my recent visit to NY Didnt book & had no trouble getting a table at around 5pm midweek. The menu is comprehensive & a should be a fish lovers dream. We had 18 Oysters to start,...More

1  Thank PHABfamily
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you are ready for some of the freshest fish you will eat anywhere on earth come hungry. From fresh shrimp, lobster and tuna, to name a few, to simply out of this world soups and bisques.... beyond amazing. Yes

Thank MusicFlyer
Reviewed 3 days ago

Want REALLY great Oysters? Don't eat the raw stuff, then the other food is elegant with a view of everyone passing through! Eat, snack, enjoy the atmosphere

Thank ronsF6171VH
Reviewed 3 days ago

Freshly made and delicious classic. Only thing I've ever had here. Worth a trip just for that! Check out the whispering corners outside the restaurant; very entertaining. Look it up!

Thank LeeMacL
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went to Grand Central to look at the architecture and found a nice oyster restaurant at the lower level. They had a large selection of different oyster and nice ambiance.

Thank Jesper G
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for stopping by and paying us a visit, Jesper! We're happy to hear you were a fan of our architecture and oysters. 'Til next time, Frank, General Manager

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Saturday lunch in the "Saloon" great Soup of Crab & Coconut, with Starter Mains of Smoked Trout Fillet with Horseradish, shared Dessert of Cocoa nut and Lychee Sorbet, accompanied by a bottle of Chenin Blanc. Great service in a very busy restaurant.....

Thank Perersfield
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Glad to hear you could enjoy your lunch experience with us as much as you did! We hope to serve you again someday. Best, Frank, General Manager

Reviewed 6 days ago

This has to be on your hit list ! The selection of oysters was simply amazing. I decided to try the sample platter, I loved the way each oyster was numbered and labelled. Nice touch. The place itself feels dated and it should, the doors...More

Thank mhairi69
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you kindly for your thorough review and recommendation! We're thrilled to know you could really take in the history of the space while you enjoyed your oysters. It's a special feeling to think about the commonalities across generations -- the allure of great food...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great atmosphere, service and food, the house beer is good. Prices are reasonable, be prepared to not rush as there is a small time lag between meals and then getting your bill.

Thank Rob S
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

A pleasure to see you could have a great dining experience with us, Rob! Many thanks for the kind words -- we hope to serve you some more delicious seafood soon. Best, Frank, General Manager

Reviewed 1 week ago

HUGE variety of seafood. It's not just a bar/restaurant, it's an experience. One side is the traditional restaurant seating and the other side is the historic Saloon restaurant/bar. In between both is the "let's eat some seafood" no frills seating.

Thank lonelychair
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for taking the time to show us your support! We really appreciate your great review and rating and hope you'll have a chance to drop by again soon. Best, Frank, General Manager

Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food, quick service, friendly. Waiting for passengers coming in from out of town this is a convenient place to kill time and fill your stomach.

Thank vegasbaby58
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Cheers for the five-star review! We're happy to have earned your compliments on our food and service. 'Til next time, Frank, General Manager

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lizmcneil2016
20 November 2016|
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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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Lulu H
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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, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings
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 E 42nd St, Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal, New York City, NY 10017-5503
    (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
  • E-mail
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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