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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%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“oysters” (1,291 reviews)
“chowder” (135 reviews)
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International, American, Gluten Free Options
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89 East 42nd St, Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal, New York City, NY 10017
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Reviewed today

Loud, noisy and fun ... Menu: extensive Service : by Karen 10/10 , attentive and knowledgeable about menu Food /presentation : delicious Price: mid range Atmosphere: electric Many thanks

Thank jennilus
Reviewed today

We came for lunch and were disappointed. The oysters were good, but the clam chowder was dismal. I asked the waiter for a recommendation for a light main course. He suggested popcorn shrimp, which was OK, nothing more. Service was also indifferent. The place does...More

Thank RogerC001
Reviewed yesterday

On a recent trip through Grand Central I found myself feeling somewhat peckish and in the mood for seafood - the solution was obvious. I sat down on the counter side where I was served by an excellent waitress. I started with a dozen oysters...More

1  Thank Leo M
Reviewed 2 days ago

My wife and I decided to go to Grand Central Oyster Bar on this last visit to NYC. We always enjoy it there, the food is fresh and the bartenders make a great drink. I had my Blue Point Oysters and my wife had the...More

1  Thank cdsamm
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We was at this restaurant with my friend. It was totally full. The service was too long. The oysters were very good. Crab soup was not good.

Thank Anastasia K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wow - this venue is a knock out if you're an Art Deco fan! Totally OTT. The waiting staff are faultless and will brighten up your day. Unless you are tragically allergic to shellfish, you have to try a range of today's catch of oysters...mmmm...More

1  Thank KirsteenRoss
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I guess this is an OK place for tourist that just want to put a check mark on their journal. The food is expensive and just OK it is clear that nobody cares about the service. From the reception, and extended to all the staff...More

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

It really seems like you didn't catch us at our best, so we hope you can give us another chance in the future to show you how excellent dining here can truly be. Hope to see you again someday. Regards, Frank, General Manager

Reviewed 5 days ago

This was my first visit to New York and the Oyster bar was on my list of things to do. I was not disappointed - I loved the busy atmosphere, professionalism of the staff and the fabulously fresh seafood. I had the fried scallops with...More

1  Thank Jelly4fish
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

So glad you could have an excellent dining experience with us from start to finish! It'd be a pleasure to see you again someday for some more delicious scallops. Best, Frank, General Manager

Reviewed 5 days ago

Fuimos seis a la mesa, mis tres nietos, mi hijo, uno de mis yernos y yo. El sólo llegar al sitio fue agradable, la Estación Central de por si es un espectáculo digno de visitar multiples veces. Nos acomodamos en una mesa al mejor estilo...More

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

We're thrilled you and your family could enjoy the oysters! Thanks for coming to visit us -- we'd love to see all of you again someday. Best, Frank, General Manager

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We’ve been before and always worry it will change for the worse. Not true! Excellent malpec oysters from PEI; lump crab salad, and a truly decadent dessert - chocolate cake with a very long name.

1  Thank Bluenose934
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

It's a pleasure to know your most recent visit with us could be just as lovely as previous experiences here. We can't wait to see you again soon for some more oysters and chocolate cake! Regards, Frank, General Manager

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21 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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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
  • Value
Average prices
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
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
6:30 AM - 8:00 PM
6:30 AM - 8:00 PM
6:30 AM - 8:00 PM
6:30 AM - 8:00 PM
6:30 AM - 8:00 PM
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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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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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