Grand Central Oyster Bar

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80 Good

The original midtown destination for oysters and increasingly high-priced seafood fare.

89 E. 42nd St., New York, NY, 10017

212-490-6650

http://www.oysterbarny.com/

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The lowdown

The service had gone all to hell the last time we bellied up to our favorite seat at the eastern end of the original bar on the western end of the room (avoid the chaotic, overpriced dining room at all costs, and the low-slung counter), but on a good day, you can get a decent mess of fresh Long Island cherrystones at this great landmark establishment, and that most regal of all ye olde New York concoctions, the Oyster Pan Roast, which the countermen still make the old-fashioned way, with half a dozen Blue Points, a sprinkling of paprika, a splash of Worcestershire, and flagons of rich, country cream.

Adam Platt

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