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mickel Jan 10, 2013 04:07 PM

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?

  1. c oliver Jan 10, 2013 04:25 PM

    Here's their link:


    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
      Veggo Jan 10, 2013 04:29 PM

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

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      Simon Jan 10, 2013 05:53 PM

      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
        mickel Jan 11, 2013 02:21 AM

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

        1. re: mickel
          flower_puppy Jan 11, 2013 01:26 PM

          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
            mickel Jan 11, 2013 02:00 PM

            Thanks flower puppy. Spice Market sounds interesting.

            1. re: flower_puppy
              Simon Jan 11, 2013 02:36 PM

              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

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          bronwen Jan 11, 2013 08:26 AM

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

          1. Motosport Jan 11, 2013 09:08 AM

            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.

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              flower_puppy Jan 11, 2013 01:24 PM

              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.

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                AdamD Jan 11, 2013 01:38 PM

                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. JMF Jan 12, 2013 12:25 PM

                  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
                    AdamD Jan 14, 2013 01:57 PM

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

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