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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” (1,389 reviews)
“chowder” (144 reviews)
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International, American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
89 E 42nd St, Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal, New York City, NY 10017-5503
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Ok. Love the atmosphere. Busy, noisy, grand central theme. Ok. do not love the Oysters. The menu gives you plenty of options. I suggest just going for the cheapest. Reason is, I ordered 3 different kinds (from different areas and different prices). They all taste...More

Thank showmestate12
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The selection of oyster were amazing...tried a ‚wild‘ selection and the taste was really distinctive between the various oysters...The locations with the vaults is great, the wood cladding looks very outdated...Service was good, but we had to wait more than 30 minutes for our raw...More

Thank Smitty1040
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

You should try the sea food platter. Not cheap but lots of fresh sea food including shrimp and lobster. Service is fast and polite.

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

Fernando, you sure know how to order! Thanks for the five stars and see you again next time. Best, Jessie Velez, Manager

Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited here this past Sat evening. The service was just awful. We sat at our table for 15 minutes before someone came to take our order. And this was after we asked the hostess to find our server. I ordered oysters and a lobster roll....More

Thank Arnie67
Reviewed 5 days ago

Dining with friends from New York at their recommendation. Strike One -- drinks. One of our friends ordered a Rusty Nail. It came and he drank some of it and said, "I don't know what they put it besides Scotch, but it wasn't Drambuie." We...More

Thank terrydotmayer
Reviewed 5 days ago

I had heard of this restaurant so when visiting NYC with my family,was determined to experience it. And I'm very glad I did. We walked in at 12.30pm as a party of five and were shown immediately to a great table at the rear wall...More

Thank B00nd0ggle
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We're thrilled everyone enjoyed everything! Thanks for coming by and having a wonderful meal with us -- we look forward to welcoming all of you back in again someday. Sincere regards, Jessie Velez, Manager P.S. Happy birthday!

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had a dinner in this marvellous restaurant at the end of a great week in NYC. We had oysters, chowder, lobster and halibut - all perfect. The waiter was very helpful enabling us to have exactly what we wanted. The atmosphere was terrific -...More

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

Andrew, we're glad you could stop by and have an incredible dining experience with us. Thanks for your review! Best, Jessie Velez, Manager

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We’ve enjoyed the Oyster Bar for many years & it’s time to share impressions. We’ve eaten at the counter & at the actual oyster bar but not in the Saloon or the dining room. The Saloon can get quite rambunctious in the evening. People eating...More

Thank RedSky56
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We always enjoying having you guys dine with us! Thanks for supporting us over the years -- we're looking forward to next time already. Sincere regards, Jessie Velez, Manager

Reviewed 6 days ago

Part of the magnificence of going to the Oyster Bar it its location, it is in the basement of Grand Central Station in NY and the setting is magnificent. It is also a NY institution and you need to consider all of this in assessing...More

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

Thanks for the magnificent compliments on our atmosphere, location, flavors, and service! We're glad to know you truly enjoyed dining with us. 'Til next time, Jessie Velez, Manager

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not my first time here, but my first review of it. I just had a light lunch comprising a soup and an appetiser. It suited me fine, and there was nothing wrong with the food. It was just that neither the food nor the ambience...More

Thank RX61
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

While we're glad you could enjoy your lunch experience with us, we want to do more to "wow" you upon your return. Like you noted, perhaps an evening dinner or a visit during our happy hour would do more to impress you? At any rate,...More

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17 December 2017|
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Response from MusicFlyer | Reviewed this property |
they do. all types of fish. just an amazing place.
Helen C
20 November 2017|
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Response from MusicFlyer | Reviewed this property |
it's a restaurant first, NOT a bar. Of course you can take children.
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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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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
6:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
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
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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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