Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

The Oyster Bar has been considered a New York institution for over 100 years, and yet this was my first visit! The truth is, I hate raw oysters and barely like any other kind. I think they remind me too much of things I see in my nursing profession, but I digress.

So anyway, I’ve been wanting to go because I still consider myself a New Yorker and it’s a downright shame that I had never been there. Plus, I’m an architecture junkie and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful restaurant in NYC.



I’m so happy! And check out how beautiful the ceiling is!


Check out the chandelier! How great are those ships?

I didn’t make a reservation because I wasn’t sure when I was going to fit it in, and it turns out it’s not necessary. The left side of the restaurant is for reservations but the right side is seat yourself. We quickly found seats at one of the bars.


The whole length of the restaurant. The rows of seats closest are for self-seating.


More self-seating and the fresh catch list.

The menu is huge and everything sounded so good, but I felt like I needed to eat oysters. Since I just can’t seem to do them raw, I ordered the Oysters Rockefeller, and they were delicious!


Perfectly cooked and so tasty!

Your meal also comes with a little plate of rolls, which they keep in a drawer at each section.


How great is that roll drawer? I totally need one in my kitchen!

And yes, that is a giant gingerbread house in the background.


Pretty dang impressive.

Don’t have time to sit down and eat but still want a delicious meal from The Oyster Bar? Just order at the window!


There’s a reason that the Oyster Bar is still going strong after over 100 years. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. It was very busy but our waitress was fast and efficient. The beer list was also really impressive; I had an Allagash White, which is super delicious and not easy to find. They also have an extensive wine list.

You can check out the daily menu here. Don’t plan on going on a Sunday, as they are closed.

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