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Grand Central Oyster Bar $ for sort of Fathers Day

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rschwim Jun 15, 2013 08:02 PM

My son wanted to take me to GCOB for Fathers Day. It can't happen until next weekend when it will probably be less crowded anyway. If we're just having a large assortment of oysters how much might this run for 2?

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    kathryn Jun 15, 2013 08:13 PM

    Depends how many oysters you eat and how many. They update their online menu regularly. Here is today's menu, with prices:
    http://cdnob.responsiveny.com/pdf/dai...

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    1. re: kathryn
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      kathryn Jun 16, 2013 08:14 AM

      What oysters you eat, rather. Some are much pricier than others.

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      Bkeats Jun 16, 2013 07:23 AM

      As Kathryn says, depends on how many oysters you have. They will run you at least $2 each and go up from there. A dozen can cost you $30+ easily. If two of you go and have cocktails and a couple dozen each, plan on $200 or so. At least that's what it can run me.

      1. porker Jun 16, 2013 07:40 AM

        Price aside, I'd recommend sitting at the bar: you get to see the action of the chowder cookers and the shuckers, but thats me.

        1. Jeffsayyes Jun 16, 2013 06:56 PM

          2-4 dollars each. It's not that bad at all, for oysters. You get into trouble there when you order other stuff - stuff which I haven't had anything that seems worth it as much as the oysters.

          def recommend the place though... could be my fav oyster bar in the city.

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            chervil9 Jun 17, 2013 07:00 AM

            Agree the oysters are the only thing to get here, besides the herring in season. But watch out for sloppy shucking of oysters, often they are filled with cracked shell and sand. A nice selection of white wines by the glass. The other offerings are pathetic and ridiculously overpriced. We shared fried clams and smelts. They could have been Stouffer's frozen, over breaded and tasteless. Honestly, I don't care to ever go back.

            1. Veggo Jun 17, 2013 07:10 AM

              When I lived in mid town, I often enjoyed a mixed dozen, a glass of Chablis, and a pan roast, at the bar. I was always sassified. About $50-60.

              1. Monica Jun 17, 2013 08:11 AM

                I see that they have mattaki oysters today. my god...these are the most amazing oysters I've tasted...wish i had time to go.

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                  piglet3000 Jun 17, 2013 12:43 PM

                  Also keep in mind that they are closed on Sundays. It's a sad sight to walk down that ramp and see the lights out ! They have a daily selection of 1/2 a dozen that usually runs about $15-$18 I think. A bowl of clam chowder is decent and a relative bargain at around $7. Like everyone else said, it's woefully overpriced and not worth the money for most things, but the setting is unbeatable. I gladly fork over the dollars just for some wine by the glass, a couple oysters and the ambiance.

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                  1. re: piglet3000
                    Motosport Jun 18, 2013 07:49 AM

                    They are having their annual Herring festival now.

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