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Would the grand central oyster bar be a good place for a 15 person family reunion? How expensive is it? Is it quiet enough for conversation?

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  1. Here's their link:

    http://www.oysterbarny.com/

    They show a "banquet menu" so clearly they can handle a good-sized group but maybe only when doing the banquet menu. I'd contact them. It's a fun place.

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    1. re: c oliver

      If all in the group are seafood lovers, it should work quite well.

    2. no...the cooked food is mediocre...it's really just good for oysters at the bar...there are much better options...list your price point and other preferences and you'll get a slew of suggestions...

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      1. re: Simon

        About 40 per person. We're open to all kinds of food. Thanks!

        1. re: mickel

          I'm not sure it clocks in under $40, but I think Spice Market is a lot of fun, especially for out-of-town folks - super theatrical, and fairly reasonably priced for the high quality of food. And if you make reservations ahead, they can probably accomodate a large party at an early hour since they've been around for a while and aren't the bright shiny star they used to be.

          1. re: flower_puppy

            Thanks flower puppy. Spice Market sounds interesting.

            1. re: flower_puppy

              the OP asked for "quiet enough for conversation" -- haven't checked the sound levels recently, but it doesn't seem like a family reunion place to me

        2. I adore the Oyster Bar but it's not particularly quiet. It's fairly expensive but not horrendous by New York standards.

          1. The actual oyster bar is good for raw oysters and chowder but the rest of the menu is not memorable.
            There has got to be a better choice for your reunion.

            1. I like the Oyster Bar as a warm refuge on a cold night, but I think for a party of 15, there are cheaper, quieter places that could accomodate you.

              1. Possibly but it wont be cheap. The large salads and entrees are expensive and mediocre. If you went for a lobster dinner you could pull it off, but think $35-45 just for the lobster. It is a great setting and I am sure it would be fun.

                1. Table seating and any foods other than the stuff from the bar, is pretty bad. The pan roasts and soups at the bar, and raw stuff, are great.

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                  1. re: JMF

                    Agreed. But a steamed lobster with drawn butter is just fine at the GCOB, no matter where you are sitting.