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Grand Central Oyster Bar
Posted by Ceejay on 08/16/2013
Loved this place over the years. Treated myself in honor of my 82nd birthday this August and thought I would gag. The crab tasted like it had walked from the Baltimore shore and the roll was older than me. What happened? Some of the wait staff didn't know what to do and the support staff were more aware of the customers than anyone. Very strange. I did not enjoy my visit.
Posted by sunny on 08/02/2013
I used to love this place years ago when it was run by people who knew how to run a restaurant. After the original owners sold it to new people it went down the tubes! Dont go there unless you want to be ripped off!
Posted by Avid Dinner on 07/19/2013
unless you are killing time waiting for your train, not worth it. wait service was ridiculous, couldn't have be bothered to take our order, and the food was just ok. definitely a NYC disappointment.
Posted by JAN on 06/25/2012
...the frosty hostess ...the aloof waiters ...the eye-widening high prices The food here speaks for itself. True, the staff here is neither warm nor fuzzy, but our courses were paced with impecable timing; and our meals were outstanding, down to the bread basket. I look forward to returning to this New York icon.
Posted by Carol on 05/27/2011
I pretty much only eat oysters here and sit at the bar. Service is excellent and oysters are always super fresh and amazing. Highly recommended
Posted by Ivan W on 08/11/2010
I'm shocked at the rudeness and gruffness of the entire staff here. From the crass Maitre'D to the busboys to the waiters. The service here waivers between indifferent and rude while still managing to be completely inattentive. Food was decent but terribly overpriced. The smallest martini glasses that I've ever seen were still a whopping $12 each.
Posted by Rudy on 11/30/2009
I have been to the Oyster Bar for around 16 years... yes, it is still a pleasure to visit this place every time I go to NY. But...I always order some items, and forgot about the cooked fish. TRY the bluepoint oysters, the shrimp in coconut sauce, the boullabaise and... the oyster stew!! I have tried several oyster stews in the USA: this one is the best and you can order some extra oysters in it -5 or 6 extra is ok!-...the sorbet is also very good. WARNING: Go to the counter, the service is faster than the tables, and try, if you can, to avoid peak hours when the place is crowded and servers are in a terrible hurry. You will enjoy it if you follow my advice, I think! The martinis are excellent and they have a long list of wines also by the glass... The japanese waiter in the counters is so sweet she ALWAYS greets me with the friendly 'long time no see you'! I always try to adapt to the place and be polite, and I am satisfied to this classic place!