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Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

42nd St. (Lexington & Vanderbilt Aves.) Send to Phone
212-490-6650 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
The best reason to miss your train is stopping for oysters at this Grand Central eatery.

Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat.

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Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant Restaurant Review

: Though Grand Central Terminal's refurbishment brings tourists to the station in droves to gaze at the exquisite ceiling, dine at one of the glitzy restaurants and shop at the chichi market, the Oyster Bar & Restaurant remains the best reason to miss your train. The vaulted ceiling is lined with Guastavino tiles and the huge room is noisy and bustling. The daily menu reflects the day's catch, and usually includes about 30 types of seafood, from grouper to wolf fish. We prefer the fresh oysters and like the fish cooked simply---grilled, fried or meunière---as the more adventurous sounding dishes invariably disappoint. Consider the broiled extra-large Maine sea scallops, a good pan roast or bouillabaisse. The desserts include apple pies, cheesecake and rice pudding, though, since they are not distinguished, you are probably better off saving the calories. The all-American list of 150 wines offers plenty of nicely priced choices, and there are a dozen beers on draught. As odd as it may sound for a place of this size, reservations are a necessity for lunch.
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