Lunchtime at the Oyster Bar
|Slogan||The Freshest Seafood in Manhattan|
|Current owner(s)||Jerome Brody|
|Street address||Grand Central Terminal|
|City||New York City|
The Oyster Bar, officially the Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, is a restaurant located on the lower floor of Grand Central Terminal in New York City and owned by Jerome Brody. 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.
As its name suggests, it specializes in seafood. Its architecture features the vaulted, tiled ceilings common in the era of its construction. It has become over the years one of the landmarks of the New York culinary scene, visited by the famous and obscure alike.
The archway in front of the restaurant is also famous for an acoustical quirk, by which someone standing in one corner can hear someone standing in the other corner perfectly no matter how softly they speak.
Jerome Brody sold the Oyster Bar to employees in 1999, and died in 2001.
A sister restaurant, the Atre Shinagawa, is located in Tokyo.
The bar can be seen as the back drop for actors in the current opening introductions for Saturday Night Live.