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Grand Central Oyster Bar-reservation for bar seating?

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I'm finally going to make it over to Grand Central Oyster Bar this time. I was once told on here that I would not need a reservation if dining at the bar. It will be just me.

Is this true? I will be going a few days before the New Year, probably for lunch (weekday). Would I just be able to walk right in?

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

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  1. Hi, I always pop in when I'm in New York. I sit at the bar and have never had a reservation. I love that place!

    1. I go often and the Oyster Bar is never full. Enjoy and keep it simple. Oysters and chowder are great. The rest of the menu is not spectacular. Let the barman guide you with the oyster selection. They know their stuff.

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

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      1. re: Motosport

        I have only ordered oysters and chowder, so I can't recommend other dishes either.

        1. re: Motosport

          Definitely agree about letting the guys at the oyster recommend the best stuff of the day: they've never steered me wrong...

        2. Just walked in for lunch the other day, and they told me the bar wasn't open. Or that you couldn't sit and get food there at that time, even though there was a bartender on duty. Anyway we sat at a regular small table right next to the bar and got great service. I would call just in case. I'm thinking it was around 2 so maybe there are specific time periods?

          We got 2 dozen assorted oysters and split a bowl of pan fried seafood, and it was a better meal than the upscale dinner we had later.

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

          1. You have to reserve your appetite only, other than that just find it and feast.

            Recommend one of the German pils to complement with the oysters.

            1. No reservations needed....there's almost always one seat, and the most i've ever ever had to wait, even w/ two people is about 2 minutes...

              As others have said, stick to raw oysters, raw cherrystone clams, maybe soups, and one of their fine special beers or wines by the glass...some like the pan roast, but for me it's too rich...and i used to always get an order of fried oysters/fried-clams w/ my raw oysters, but sadly, the fried items were terrible the last two times, so it'll be a while before i'll try them again...

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