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Grand Central Oyster Bar

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89 East 42nd St, Grand Central Terminal, New York City, NY 10017 (Vanderbilt and Lexington)
+1 212-490-6650
06:30 - 20:00
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Sat - Sun 07:30 - 19:00
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Can always depend on the Oyster Bar for a decent bunch of oysters at a reasonable price. Sat at the bar as usual. New England chowder a little doughy this visit. Oysters were great.

Thank Polly B
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went pre theater and made 5:00 reservation. They were ready to seat us even though we got there like 5:20, took awhile to locate once we got to Grand Central Station. The vaulted ceilings were great, you feel like your in a secure vault under the city, safe if world is threatened. There were 7 of us and we told... More 

Thank Bruiser6
Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Just like the fish, you can get hooked on this place. It is traditional New York. Not especially elegant, it is awesomely large, noisy, crowded, busy. The food is served quickly, is very tasteful, very varied, well prepared, and fresh. Prices are not bad for New York, where nothing is inexpensive. I will keep biting when in the city.

Thank phu14
Winter Park, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is a great place to get good seafood if you're passing through Grand Central. Get some oysters or try the pan roast combo. I come here often, its very busy & for good reason.

Thank Stephen K
Naples, Florida
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134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Meeting a high school friend I hadn't seen in 40+ years who was coming from Connecticut, we decided the best place to meet was Grand Central Station. It was a freezing cold day and we were reluctant to leave the station so The Oyster Bar it was. The Bar opened along with the terminal itself in 1913 and has been... More 

Thank patsjag28
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I never had a Pan Roast before but once you try it at the Grand Central Oyster Bar... you will be back for more every time you are in New York. I know that we will. The Oysters are to die for and from both the Left and Right coasts... Go there now!

Thank Brad P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I had not eaten here in 20 yrs. Had a great bowl.of chowder. Creamy and thick lost of clams. I had nice martha vineyard and blue point oysters. The haddock was a little over cooked but still good. Everything lived up ro the expectations from long ago

Thank Khoa N
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Welcome back, Khoa! Thanks for stopping by and having a delicious meal with us. I sincerely hope it won't be 20 years before your next visit -- after all, we can't wait to serve you again1 Warm regards, Frank, General Manager More 

Halfmoon Bay, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful meal at this great restaurant. I had the new england clam chowder and the Dover Sole. Both were very delicious and freshly prepared. Cocktails were great and there was an expansive wine menu. Others at the table ordered the seafood platter with lobster. Service was excellent.

Thank Michaelonthecoast
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar, responded to this review

We're really happy to know you could have a wonderful visit with us! Thanks for the marvelous compliments and see you again soon for some more cocktails and seafood. All the best, Frank, General Manager More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The oysters were badly shucked, some had shell in them, and some were not completely disconnected. The non-oyster food was pretty awful, even if it was fresh.

Thank Kelly D
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar, responded to this review

We've been shucking oysters for over 40 years now, Kelly, so I'm disappointed to see you had a less-than-stellar experience with us. At the end of the day, I know we're capable of doing better, so I hope you can give us a second chance in the future to prove that to you. All the best, Frank, General Manager More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a classic in NYC. The oysters were some of the best I have had in the city. The clam chowder was also delicious. I would be happy to come back. I recommend you to visit during happy hour, when the oysters and drinks are sold at special prices. FYI, happy hour prices are only available in the Saloon.

Thank rbravo
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar, responded to this review

To know that you consider the oysters you had with us to be some of the best in the city is quite the compliment! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this magnificent review. Sincerely, Frank, General Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
07:30 - 19:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
07:30 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 89 East 42nd St, 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
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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