Oyster Bar

Grand Central's Oyster Bar

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Location: Grand Central Station, New York.
Open: All year Mon-Fri 11:30-21:30, Sat 12-21:30. [2006]
Fee: Visit is free, food not. [2006]
Classification: SubterraneaCave House
Light: electric
Guided tours: n/a
Address: Grand Central Oyster Bar, Lower Level, Grand Central Station, New York NY, Tel: +1-212-490-6650.
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1913 Oyster Bar opened.


Located in the main railroad station of the city of New York, the Central Station, is a fine restaurant called Oyster Bar. The restaurant is entirely underground, reached via a large foyer with massive arched white brick vaults. Those laminated tiles were designed by the Guastavino Construction Company to create a vaulted effect in wide arches.

This architecture is famous for its whispering columns where the form of the pillars works like a lens for sound waves and collects them. So it is possible for two peole standing in different corners of the foyer to talk and under stand one another clearly, while others around do not hear a single word. As the architecture of the restaurant is similar, be carful what you say!

The restaurant is famous for sea food, as the name suggests, but also for other local dishes like cheese cake. With two dining rooms, an oyster bar and counter seating the Oyster Bar has 450 seats, and is able to host parties of up to 1,000.