EAT: The Grand Central Oyster Bar
The Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 490-6650
Similar to how a pearl is found, The Grand Central Oyster Bar is an old-school restaurant and saloon tucked inside busy Grand Central Station. The architecture is alive with brick-structured arches and the overall feel of the restaurant is straight-up special.
The Oyster Bar has been serving some of the city’s freshest and best seafood since 1913. Oysters from all over the world are shucked and happily eaten at the bar, counter, and tables of the establishment. The pace of service is fast, efficient and very “New York,” as the place buzzes with excitement. Most of the menu is pricey, but ten bucks gets you the best popcorn shrimp, a deliciously lumpy crabmeat sandwich or ¼ dozen oysters. The wine list is excellent and the New England clam chowder is a must. This is more than just lunch; it is a New York experience.