Oyster Bar

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This article is about the restaurant in New York City. For the generic term, see oyster bar.
Oyster Bar
Oyster Bar.jpg
Lunchtime at the Oyster Bar
Restaurant information
Slogan The Freshest Seafood in Manhattan
Established 1913
Food type Seafood
Dress code Casual
Street address The lower level of Grand Central Terminal at 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue in Manhattan
City New York
County New York
Postal code/ZIP 10017
Country USA
Reservations Yes
Other locations Tokyo; Brooklyn
Website Oyster
Entrance to Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

The Oyster Bar, officially the Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, is a seafood restaurant located on the lower level of Grand Central Terminal at 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue in Manhattan in New York City.[1] It opened along with the terminal itself in 1913 and has been in business ever since, although it closed briefly for renovations following a 1997 fire.[2] As its name suggests, it specializes in seafood. It has become over the years one of the landmarks of the New York culinary scene, visited by the famous and obscure alike.

Its architecture features the vaulted, Guastavino tiled ceilings common in the era of its construction. The archway in front of the restaurant is also famous for an acoustical quirk making it a whispering gallery by which someone standing in one corner can hear someone standing in the opposite corner perfectly no matter how softly they speak.

Jerome Brody sold the Oyster Bar to employees in 1999, and died in 2001.[3]

Two Japanese branches have opened in Tokyo. The first, the GCOBR Shinagawa, is located on the 4th floor of Atre Shinagawa in the Shinagawa Station. The second, GCOBR Marunouchi, is located in Marunouchi MY PLAZA near Tokyo Station. A small branch is located in Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport.[4]

The bar can be seen as the backdrop for actors in the current opening introductions for Saturday Night Live.

In 2013, Zagats gave it a food rating of 23.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b The Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant - New York | East 40s Restaurant Menus and Reviews
  2. ^ "Fire Wrecks the Oyster Bar, Tiled Oasis at Grand Central".  June 30, 1997
  3. ^ Martin, Douglas (May 18, 2001). "Jerome Brody, 78, Is Dead; Guided Elegant Restaurants". The New York Times. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Shops, Restaurants, Services at EWR". 

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Coordinates: 40°45′8.4″N 73°58′38″W / 40.752333°N 73.97722°W / 40.752333; -73.97722