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“The Best Clam Chowder South of New England.”

Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #1,178 of 14,901 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$100
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: 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!
Reviewed 29 June 2018

The location, within New York’s iconic Grand Central station, is simply fantastic. The place is a cavernous hall with plenty of seating options. The service ranges from so-so to forgettable, not to say terrible. The place redeems itself with two classic, simple dishes —New England clam chowder and clams casino, nobody in the city does them better. A real NY experience.
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James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Thanks for having such a wonderful meal with us! I encourage you to continue to try all that we have to offer as I know we're capable of totally impressing.

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Jessie Velez, Manager

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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Our friend Michael every once in a while invites around 20 people to join him at the Oyster bar for dinner, this was such a night! We were greeted by our charming hostess Rena at the door who showed us to the table where all were seated For starters I shared the Maine steamers with drawn butter with Margaretta, a Swedish beauty who made them taste even better if that was at all possible. For my Entrée I had the Halibut simply grilled, served with string beans and butter parsley potatoes. Could not have been better prepared. I enjoyed a very nice Pinot Noir with my dinner.
For dessert I shared the key lime pie with Ellen also an excellent choice, I finished off this delicious meal with a cappuccino, just right. We enjoyed excellent service especially as we were 20 people. Their portions are quite generous,
I recommend ordering fish from “Today’s Catch” however everything is really quite good here!
The next time Michael invites I shall definitely return looking forward to it!

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James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

How cool is this?! I love your descriptions of our food and are so happy you enjoyed it all -- even down to the dessert.

Looking forward to welcoming you back,
Jessie Velez, Manager

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Reviewed 27 June 2018

Great place in nyc, however it is pricey so be prerepared. The oysters and clams are delicious as are the soups.

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James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Judy, thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed our fresh oysters and clams. I hope to welcome you back soon!

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Jessie Velez, Manager

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Great seafood in a decidedly diner atmosphere. Tucked away in a corner of the station, it is worth seeking out. Sit at the counter and get to know your neighbor. An NYC classic.

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James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2018

We're thrilled you always look forward to paying us a visit when you're in town. You're always welcome here!

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Jessie Velez, Manager

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

An icon restaurant of NYC, totally cool atmosphere, excellent seafood, and other fair. Really nice oyster stews, fresh seafood from local markets, full bar, original 1920s decor, and just incredibly unique and New York!

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James Y, Manager at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2018

We're thrilled our fresh seafood and stews always satisfy your cravings. Looking forward to welcoming you back for another trip down memory lane soon.

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Jessie Velez, Manager

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