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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!
Posted by sl on 07/11/2009
I had a hard time giving out score of more than zero above, in fact I wished there were negative score. Tasteless fish and chips, boullaibaise broth tasted like it was made of soup powder, dry and hard rice. And they sprinkled some pothetic dry parsley on everything !
Posted by Anonymous on 06/17/2009
I wish I could elucidate better how disappointing this experience was. Sadly, I am at a loss. Oysters Rockefeller were nauseating. Hollandaise was burned and took on a cheese like consistency. Everything was simply sad: fried, limp, an assault on the senses. Things smelled strongly in the worst sense of the word, tasted like either nothing or simply old. Service was impotent, weak, gutless. Walking back from the restroom, a busboy slammed into me and shot me an awful look. I apologized and returned to the bar. Then it hit me: he slammed into me, and I apologized? I'm visiting his establishment. Why am I apologizing to the busboy? This is the level of service that the GCOB has sunk to. It looks like your creep uncle's rumpus room from 1973. Food is bad. Ambiance, nonexistent. Service is an embarrassment. And yes, you will still be charged 5-star prices for what amounts to cruise-ship food. Much like the Tavern; another NY establishment still coasting by on its name and tourism. The people who run this restaurant should be ashamed of themselves.
Posted by causeway00000 on 04/28/2009
this used to be our family restaurant about 10 years ago, but it's been going downhill. i decided to give it a second chance for lunch today but was severely disappointed. the steamed mussels were overcooked and the broiled artic char was bland and nothing special for the price they were charging. sure, you can say that the quality of food is subjective, but service certainly isnt! the waiters were just plain out rude! when we told our waiter we were missing an order of 4 oysters, he responded with "i gave it to you guys!". not professional at all!