The Oyster Bar at Grand Central Station

The first time I ate at the Oyster Bar was when we closed on our home in the suburbs.  After the closing Fred, Stu (our lawyer and still good friend) and I walked over to Grand Central and sat at the bar for lunch.  I have been a handful of times to the Oyster Bar since.  The Oyster Bar along with Grand Central Station is about to celebrate its 100 year birthday on April 19th to be exact.  Pretty amazing. 

I had lunch there the other day with a friend.  The food remains the same.  The key is getting oysters, soup, seafood or fish.  Nothing else is that good.  The salad dressing is mediocre and the vegetables are steamed beyond reconigition but the place is just a classic. 

There are three areas to eat.  The main dining hall, the endless curved counter and the bar.  The bar has lots of tables with red and white checkered table clothes. Honestly that is the best area to eat.   It is far right of the main room where the bathrooms are.   Totally old school vibe. 

These oysters here all from the East Coast.  Briny and big just like I love them.

Shrimp cocktail.  Gotta love that they serve all the sauces in plastic or paper containers.

Lobster roll
Lobster roll.

I'm ready for summer.

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Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    Never been but this post reminds me that I need to go to my neighborhood, favorite place for oysters in NYC, Aqua Grill in SoHo.Sure you know it.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Aqua Grill is a winner. Sitting at the bar and eating oysters is a perfect NY outing.

      1. awaldstein

        Yup..maybe we will see you there one late afternoon this Spring.

      2. Jeff

        Except that the bar seats maybe 4 people, tops

  2. kirklove

    Love eating in GC. Try to do it once or twice a month. It’s old school, corny, crowded, and awesome. Then again I’ve got a thing for train stations, too.

  3. JLM

    .Oysters, shrimp, lobster sandwiches.Is this a great country or what?JLM.

  4. daryn

    such a gorgeous spot.

  5. laurie kalmanson

    a dozen oysters, cold and sitting in ocean water … nothing better.