Your Guide to Authentic Regional Eats
Sign In | Register for Free!
Restaurants Recipes Forums Eating Tours Merchandise FAQ Maps Insider

Oyster Bar

Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY - (212) 490-6650
A vast, ornate underground catacombs that is part of Grand Central Station, the Oyster Bar prints its menu every day -- a vast inventory of fresh seafood from around the world, including several kinds of oysters.
90% Approval Rating (22 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
smoked fish
Ipswich Clam Sandwich
raw oysters
New England Clam Chowder
Manhattan Clam Chowder
Sliced Tuna Sandwich
pan roast
crab cakes
Oyster Po Boy

Highlighted Reviews

rating
Michael Stern - Photos (13)
Roadfood.com Editor
"It is all too easy to take the Oyster Bar at Grand Central Station for granted. In fact, it is one of the great seafood restaurants of New York, great in every respect: beautiful to see with its vaulted tiled ceiling and counter-seat views of the oyster shuckers and ..."   [Read More]
rating
Colleen Newvine Tebeau
January 24, 2010
"We've been to the Grand Central Oyster Bar a number of times before -- the whispering gallery right outside is a great trick to show out-of-town visitors -- but I never even noticed "pan roast" on the menu. Even if I had, I probably would have thought it was a ..."   [Read More]
rating
gerald rothstein
April 24, 2004
"Along with a foodie friend, went to the Oyster Bar yesterday with the express purpose of tasting the po'boy sandwich that Michael wrote about not too long ago. I usually sit at the counter and have the fried oysters or oyster pan roast, but my buddy was lusting for the ..."   [Read More]

Submit photos Submit a review See more reviews...

Map & Web Site

Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY
(212) 490-6650

http://www.oysterbarny.com/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:Yes
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
The pan roast is a signature dish of the oyster bar. It is an old-fashioned bisque served in a broad bowl, built around your favorite kind of seafood: oysters, cherrystone or Ipswich clams, shrimp, lobster, scallops, or any combination thereof. The slightly spicy, very creamy stew is ballasted by a thick piece of toast.
"The pan roast is a signature dish of the oyster bar. It is an old-fashioned bisque served in a broad bowl, built around your favorite kind of seafood: oysters, cherrystone or Ipswich clams, shrimp, lobster, scallops, or any combination thereof. The slightly spicy, very creamy stew is ballasted by a thick piece of toast."
Michael Stern





A dozen oysters on the half shell, ready to eat!
"A dozen oysters on the half shell, ready to eat!"
Cliff Strutz


Do you know of another restaurant, anywhere, with an entryway so spectacular?
"Do you know of another restaurant, anywhere, with an entryway so spectacular?"
Michael Stern


This is what it's all about: raw oysters, shucked and served as fast as anyone sitting at the raw bar can eat them. To the left of the photo are clams on the half shell.
"This is what it's all about: raw oysters, shucked and served as fast as anyone sitting at the raw bar can eat them. To the left of the photo are clams on the half shell."
Michael Stern


The Oyster Bar gets its seafood from everywhere. This sandwich is loaded with a salad of cool Dungeness crab from the Pacific Northwest.
"The Oyster Bar gets its seafood from everywhere. This sandwich is loaded with a salad of cool Dungeness crab from the Pacific Northwest."
Michael Stern


This po boy contained plenty of juice-bursing oysters; and the bread itself tasted just hours out of the oven.
"This po boy contained plenty of juice-bursing oysters; and the bread itself tasted just hours out of the oven."
Michael Stern


While diehard Yankees don't approve of this soup, denigrating it as
"While diehard Yankees don't approve of this soup, denigrating it as "vegetable soup with clams," open-minded eaters will find it immensely satisfying."
Michael Stern


A view of the pass-through window to the kitchen from my seat at the counter.
"A view of the pass-through window to the kitchen from my seat at the counter."
Michael Stern


Here's a list of what oysters (and clams) were available in mid-March, 2004.
"Here's a list of what oysters (and clams) were available in mid-March, 2004."
Michael Stern


As I finished lunch, the waitress came by and offered hot cross buns to top things off.
"As I finished lunch, the waitress came by and offered hot cross buns to top things off."
Michael Stern


When the waitress saw me taking a picture of my chowder, she offered to take my picture, too. I retaliated by taking her picture with the hot cross buns (see above)!
"When the waitress saw me taking a picture of my chowder, she offered to take my picture, too. I retaliated by taking her picture with the hot cross buns (see above)!"
Michael Stern


Every meal at the oyster bar begins with a baking powder biscuit. If you arrive early in the lunch hour, it will still be oven-hot.
"Every meal at the oyster bar begins with a baking powder biscuit. If you arrive early in the lunch hour, it will still be oven-hot."
Michael Stern


You can see how crunchy the fried clams are inside this hefty sandwich.
"You can see how crunchy the fried clams are inside this hefty sandwich."
Michael Stern


Here's a view from the counter of people sliding freshly-shucked oysters down their throats under the sign that lists the
"Here's a view from the counter of people sliding freshly-shucked oysters down their throats under the sign that lists the "catch of the day.""
Michael Stern



What is Roadfood?  |   Submit Content  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Roadfood.com   Copyright - Roadfood.com