Not the place for a special meal imo. It's a great iconic place and has great oysters and clam chowder. But it's not where I'd go for a special meal. The other fish is good not great and the atmosphere at night can be weird. Go for lunch. Pick something else for dinner.
Hi Jen. I agree with MYWhiz on this. We went there and the chowder was fab, but wouldn't say it was suitable for a special meal, as the restuarant is massive and not very intimate. Our main courses weren't anything special. I would recommend the Gramercy Tavern (19th St i think), we only ate in the front room, but it was lovely.
We also tried Rosa Mexicanos, which is just up from the lincoln centre, and that was very enjoyable, great service - but busy on a Friday night!
Need to get a trip report up with more detail, but hopefully this helps for now.
I think it depends on what sort of "special" you're looking for. Not a good choice for a romantic or quiet meal, but a fabulous choice for a buzzy, lively meal in a beautiful room with outstanding seafood. I know it's my first stop on our next trip to NYC.
This is one of my favorite places because the raw bar is so great. They have a huge selection of oysters that you just won’t find anyplace else in NYC. It’s the only place in NYC (outside of a fish market) that I’m assured of getting my favorite Wellfleet’s and PEI’s. I’m not a fan of raw clams but they’ll broil fresh ones with a little bacon for a really nice Clam’s Casino. Along those lines I’m sure the Oysters Rockefeller are nice too. But raw bar aside I wouldn’t recommend it – the dinners are overpriced and (I hear) not so nice.
Make your visit to the Oyster Bar special by stopping just outside and whispering sweet nothings to each other in the famous Whispering Gallery!! You and your significant other stand in opposite corners, facing the wall, and whisper -- your message will be heard perfectly in the other corner! It's a wonder of physics, and a Grand Central must-see!
Like Whiz, I think the Oyster Bar can be a perfect place for a fun, interesting lunch, but I don't think a "fun, interesting lunch" and a "special meal" are one and the same thing.
For the best advice, you need to tell us what YOU are looking for when YOU say "a special meal", including:
-size and noise level of the place
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