Posted by / Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Oyster Bar at Grand Central Station

Those of you who know me or follow this blog know I love oysters. Today was no different and just because you are smack dab in the middle of NYC it does not mean you cannot get fresh tasty oysters. Off to The Grand Central Oyster Bar in Manhattan! The menu is amazing with upwards of 30+ oysters from both coasts in the US and Canada to choose from. I sampled the following:
  • 2 Island Creek Oysters from Massachusetts. Small, salty, and with a fresh ocean taste.
  • 2 Sister Point oysters from Washington State. Large, irony, and less salty.
  • 2 Stellar Bay oysters from Vancouver BC. Small, good up front taste, irony finish and medium saltiness.
  • 2 Martha's Vineyard oysters from Massachusetts. Large, clean, salty, and not as much ocean taste.
All of the oysters were very good but oysters do have different flavors depending on the salinity of the water, depth, temperature, cultivated, or wild. Basically, where they live. This is really what makes oysters a fun tasting adventure.

I could not quite pick out a winner; so after 2 more Island Creek's and Martha's Vineyard's I would have to say it was a very close race but the Martha's Vineyard came out on top.
E.A.T. local E.A.T. well


  1. Oof I love oysters, and am looking forward to an April trip with my son to Boston. I haven't found (haven't looked) for a good raw bar in Richmond. Seems pretty silly we should have access to great oysters.

  2. Yes, I agree. CanCan comes to mind although I have never really been impressed with the selectionor presentation. Maybe someone will pick up on this. I would love to have an oyster bar with several selections of local oyster. I am a huge fan of the Olde' Salts and did a blog post on Rappahannock River Oysters here:

  3. I can never get enough oysters! I'm so jealous - what a great excuse for a little field trip...

  4. Best oysters I've had around here were Chincotagues and came in bushel lots. The Yeomicos are good too.

  5. Onioncloute, yes it is my little "sneak away" while in NYC.

    cfootsoup, I also have eaten my fair share of Chincoteague's!

  6. Rappahannock River Oysters looks awesome, but I don't think I can go through a bushel of oysters by myself (... maybe).
    Did a little google research
    I've never been here.
    The Watergrill has some similar options

  7. Well maybe when I get back I will check those out and do a follow up on local options for us Oyster lovers. Thanks for the investigative work.



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