Oyster Bar

Grand Central's Oyster Bar


Useful Information

Location: Grand Central Station, New York.
(40.752482, -73.977431)
Open: All year Mon-Fri 11:30-21:30, Sat 12-21:30.
[2006]
Fee: Visit is free, food not.
[2006]
Classification: SubterraneaCellar Restaurant
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
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Guided tours: n/a
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Address: Grand Central Oyster Bar, Lower Level, Grand Central Station, New York NY, Tel: +1-212-490-6650.
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History

02-FEB-1913 Oyster Bar opened.
1997 briefly closed for renovations after a fire,
1999 sold to the employees.

Description

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 understand one another clearly, while others around do not hear a single word. As the architecture of the restaurant is similar, be careful what you say, you never know who can hear you!

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.

Two Japanese branches have opened in Tokyo, and a small branch is located in Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport.