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“My favorite seafood cafe in New York”

Grand Central Oyster Bar
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Ranked #462 of 13,554 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $100
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: Vanderbilt and Lexington
Transit: Metro North; 4,5,6,7; Times Square Shuttle
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!
Truro, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“My favorite seafood cafe in New York”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

Amazing selection of oysters, and a wonderful selection of fresh fish. A bit noisy, but otherwise great atmosphere. Very helpful service and a good wine list. We visited twice in December during a 6 day stay in New York.

Visited December 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Unique space, great atmosphere and a hundred oyster varieties”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

Can't believe that we got to eat here without reservation, queue or being ripped off on a holiday Friday early evening!! I had chowder and 6 Blue Point oysters from Long Island (the size of my hand) for about £20....the menu is EXTENSIVE but if you ike what the locals are eating just ask and copy them!!!

  • Visited December 2012
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North River, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Always good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

Stopped in today. As good as it ever was. Oyster is Ny ,or is it vice versa. I have been stopping here almost 40 years. No better place to eat coming or going.

  • Visited January 2013
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New York City, New York
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“A classic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

Everyone who visits NY needs to stop in at the Grand Central Oyster Bar. The oysters are always top of the line and the atmosphere like nothing else.

Visited January 2013
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“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013 via mobile

Not a location I would expect to find such a great treat.

A vast vaulted open space offering a huge selection of fish dishes. Good service and a perfect atmosphere to enjoy lunch.

Lunch New York style.

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