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Feb 24, 2011 06:22 AM

oyster bar

I would like to go to oyster bar in manhattan on sunday night..
where is best oyster bar in manhattan??

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  1. Grand Central Oyster Bar has a huge selection. I was there Sunday nite about 5:30
    and the noise level was tolerable. Unfortunately, our waiter wasn't. You can check
    menu on-line. Fresh oysters & oyster Rock. were delicious.

    Grand Central Oyster Bar
    89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

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    1. re: Rhea58

      Rhea, did you sit at the actual Oyster Bar?
      If there are only two of us we sit at the bar and order our variety of oysters and usually some soup, gazpacho or bisque. The bar guy is always friendly and helpful with the selection.
      The waiter service at the tables can be a little disappointing but not bad enough to chase us away from a great Manhattan institution.

    2. +1 on the grand central oyster bar. Stay away from entrees, the $18 shrimp cocktail and the $25 salads. And the clam chowders are nothing great.
      Bloody mary or sparkling wine and a dozen oysters at the small bar or saloon. Dont forget the raw clams, which are often overlooked and are fantastic (good value as well). Sea scallop pan roast with a dry white wine is also fantastic.
      Sitting at the bar, counter or the saloon and having a cocktail with raw shellfish, the she-crab soup, some fried clams or oysters, the fried shrimp po boy or a pan roast is a very nice experience. They have a lobster gazpacho in the summer that is fantastic. You have to know what to order to enjoy the OB.

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      1. re: AdamD

        No, there were 3 of us and we sat at a table...actually the resto reminded all of
        us of ones we've been to in Florence. I had reserved on OpenTable as I
        always do when in the city.

        1. re: Rhea58

          Try the bar next time. Even with 3-4 people you should be able to just walk in and sit. We've never had to wait even on weekends.

      2. Track's Raw Bar & Grill in Penn Station, near the LIRR ticket offices. They may not have the historic decor or the vast selection of oysters like Grand Central, but the quality of those half-shells are much, much better. Don't order from the menu unless it's the grilled sea scallop & spinach salad or NE clam chowder.

        1. Isn't Grand Central Oyster Bar is closed on Sundays? Do they still pre-shuck some of the oysters? I'm hestitant to visit again after a friend reported she got some "tinny" ones a few weeks ago.

          I would do Aquagrill instead. Huge selection.

          Grand Central Oyster Bar
          89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

          210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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          1. re: kathryn

            they are indeed closed on Sundays

            1. re: AdamD

              Yup! I should have caught that too. Closed Sundays. I guess Rhea58 went on a Saturday.

          2. Go to Wild Edibles Oyster Bar on 3rd Ave. Imho, better/fresher oysters and better cooked dishes than Grand Central Oyster Bar. Better Service, too.


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            1. re: RCC

              Mea culpa. You're all right; I was there on there Sat. I was in town for the
              wk-end w/so much activity I got bollixed up!