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Grand Central Oyster Bar

89 East 42nd St, 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” (1,255 reviews)
“chowder” (136 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
89 East 42nd St, Grand Central Terminal, New York City, NY 10017
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Reviewed yesterday

I didn't know about the Grand Central Oyster Bar until suddenly it was just "in the air" - referenced in books, friends talking about it...so I wanted to go. I went with two friends this spring on a short trip to NYC - its just...More

Thank jackmom1112
Reviewed 2 days ago

This place continues to exceed expectations. There's a huge selection of absolutely fresh, high-quality fish and shellfish. Service is efficient and friendly. Worth a detour.

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My first time trying oysters, the staff were really friendly and brought out salty and sweet oysters for us to try the difference, loved them! The setting is beautiful and strolling through grand central station to get there is lovely. Worth a visit!

Thank LBelfield
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had dinner with friends last week. Staff were very helpful, we arrived without a booking and got a table straight away. Within 20 minutes of sitting down, the placed was packed. Most of the table had the clam chowder, which everyone raved about. The only...More

Thank Aspen20
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The menu it's very interesting as it has so many variety of Oysters and definitely relation price and quality it's good. Fish it's very fresh and portion are abundant. They have good droughts beers too. Fish it was great and nicely juicy cooked. I don't...More

Thank Class-invictus
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We certainly appreciate you taking the time to leave us this fantastic review. Thank you for your compliments on our food. We appreciate your feedback as well. Best, Frank, General Manager

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Amazing seafood at this historic place inside grand central. Quite an experience to eat in this restaurant and oh don't worry it is Not hard to find. Such a change from the cookie cutter restaurant scene available now... we delighted in all kinds Of seafood...More

Thank dianamna
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for this amazing review! We are honored to have earned such wonderful compliments from you. See you again next time! Best, Frank, General Manager

Reviewed 6 days ago

We love traveling through Grand Central by train and always try to schedule an arrival in time for dinner at the Oyster Bar. Fresh Fresh Fresh file - all delicious.

Thank LivingINnaples
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We love having you stop by for a delicious meal! Thanks for always thinking about us when you're in the area. See you next time, Frank, General Manager

Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here on our last night in New York. Grand Central Station is a fantastic building & this is reflected in the restaurant. If you like seafood then you can't miss this. The giant shrimps are just that, huge. A lovely meal & a...More

2  Thank Kasmo
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're thrilled we could help make your last night in New York a spectacular one! Please be sure to visit us again whenever you're next in town. All the best, Frank, General Manager

Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here while waiting for our train, the menu is huge with something for everyone. The prices are pretty high and the food was OK. I had a shrimp salad and it was OK, nothing special or bad about it. It was just fine. The...More

Thank DaisyDot24
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for taking the opportunity to give us a try. We certainly appreciate your feedback and look forward to doing better on your next visit. See you then, Frank, General Manager

Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Oyster bar as part of my wifes bucker list - we ate a selection of local oysters which where delicious - the Chowder howeve was a bit lacklustre - we've had better to be honest.

Thank Ianmac66
James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Happy to hear you and your wife could stop by and have some delicious oysters with us! We sincerely hope you two can return someday for another fantastic meal. All the best, Frank, General Manager

This is the iconic New York that so many visitors
imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like
the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building,
iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal
and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop
hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is
a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of
store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the
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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
Lulu H
7 August 2016|
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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
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  • Value
Average prices
USD 100
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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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