Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

The Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant is a seafood restaurant located on the lower level of Grand Central Terminal at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan, New York City.[1]

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Restaurant information
SloganThe Freshest Seafood in Manhattan
Food typeSeafood
Dress codeCasual
Street addressLower Level, Grand Central Terminal, 89 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017
Other locationsTokyo; Brooklyn


The restaurant space was first opened as the Grand Central Terminal Restaurant. Although Grand Central Terminal opened on February 2, 1913, its opening was celebrated one day prior, February 1, with a dinner at the restaurant, arranged for Warren and Wetmore along with 100 guests.[2]

The restaurant was operated by The Union News Company.[3][4] It closed briefly for renovations following a 1997 fire.[5]

Jerome Brody sold the Oyster Bar to employees in 1999, and died in 2001.[6]

In 2016, the Zagat Survey gave it a food rating of 22/30, "Very Good To Excellent".[1]


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.[7]


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.[8]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b The Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant - New York | East 40s Restaurant Menus and Reviews
  2. ^ Grigoletti, Enrico (December 15, 2015). "Grand Central Terminal". Contemporary Standard. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  3. ^ "Grand Central Terminal Directory", New York: The Grand Central Terminal Co., 1939
  4. ^ Grand Central Terminal Restaurant menu, New York: The Union News Company (operator), October 12, 1941
  5. ^ "Fire Wrecks the Oyster Bar, Tiled Oasis at Grand Central". June 30, 1997.
  6. ^ Martin, Douglas (May 18, 2001). "Jerome Brody, 78, Is Dead; Guided Elegant Restaurants". The New York Times. Retrieved May 20, 2010.
  7. ^ Belle, John; Leighton, Maxinne Rhea (2000). Grand Central: Gateway to a Million Lives. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-04765-3.
  8. ^ "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