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Any decent restaurants near Grand Central station?

Any decent restaurants near Grand Central station?

Apr 18th, 2007, 02:12 PM
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I hear you Ackislander.

I too want to know which show you were on TT and what about?? Inquiring minds want to know! :-? I'm guessing Martha.
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Apr 18th, 2007, 02:30 PM
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Not sure how familiar you are with NYC, but 10 blocks one direction or another isn't really that far.

There are several decent places within a few blocks of Grand Central. But, if you define "near Grand Central" as a 15 to 20 minute walk in any direction, you really have from 23rd to 57th street to choose from.

For Mexican, I'd suggest Zarela's on 2nd and 51st. For pizza, try John's. (Several locations.)
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Apr 18th, 2007, 03:14 PM
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Well, Ackislander, your second post is a far cry from your first. Nevertheless, it still hasn't sold me to the fact that GCOB is be considered one of the best in the country.

It's good enough for me to suggest to the OP (at least it is near Grand Central), but not many locals who like good food would put it in the "country's best of" category.

BTW, imho, I'd caution the OP about going to Rio Grande on 38th Street. The burrito that was ordered by a friend was still refrigerator cold on the inside and, seemingly, was not microwaved enough.

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Apr 18th, 2007, 04:06 PM
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I am definately in the No way team regarding Oyster Bar. Preshucked oysters were gross last time I was there, dryed out on top - yucky....and the place wasn't busy enough to not shuck to order.
Apr 18th, 2007, 04:20 PM
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YUK! Mine were shucked when I ordered. Have things changed?
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Apr 18th, 2007, 04:25 PM
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I don't know, that was about 2 years ago but I will never forget the site of those poor little wasted life of a mollusks? Bivalves?

Apr 19th, 2007, 02:19 AM
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Thanks to you all for your highly entertaining and informed comments and suggestions. Just out of interest I will have to go to the Oyster Bar just to resolve this debate and then report back!
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Apr 19th, 2007, 06:05 AM
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There are three good places for lunch at the northern end of Grand Central itself. They tend to empty out by dinnertime.

Naples 45 (200 Park) has excellent pizza in true southern Italian style. Thin crust, fragrant sauce and light on the cheese. I once met a person who designed the restaurant -- he told me of a wonderful boondoggle to Italy searching for just the right overns.

Cafe Centro, across the hall, is a pretty good bistro. Try the spit-roasted birds.

Tropica, back towards the escalators, specializes in seafood. They have a nice price-fixed menu at lunch -- you'll see it in the window -- but you'll probably have to ask for it when you sit down. It's a very good value.

The Oyster Bar is overpriced but still, an institution. The chowder is quite good.
Apr 19th, 2007, 10:08 AM
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A long time faveroite of ours is Giambelli 50th at Madison ave and 50th Street

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Apr 19th, 2007, 10:53 AM
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Lots of laughs londonengland. Looking forward to your first hand report of the Oyster Bar!!!
Apr 19th, 2007, 11:13 AM
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FYI, Tropica was closed when I walked past last week.

I think Metrazur is good.
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Apr 19th, 2007, 01:17 PM
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Oh my goodness! Try starting IN Grand Central Station. Go through the concourse. There's the Oyster Bar if you're into raw fish. If you're like steakhouses and want to be outside of the station try Bobby Van's.
Hmmm, you could also try this site for info: http://nycpocket.com

Hope that helps!
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Apr 22nd, 2007, 01:55 PM
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I would go to Le Bernardin for their $59 prix fixe lunch (a great deal M-F)-- you'll have to reserve early since it is one of the best handful of fish restaurants in the US and respected internationally. 155 West 51st, about a 12 minute walk from the Roosevelt Hotel. www.le-bernardin.com
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Apr 22nd, 2007, 03:28 PM
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It has always been on my radar, but reading that lunch menu made me swoon. Thanks for the reminder to put it closer to the top of NYC musts!
Apr 22nd, 2007, 03:38 PM
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That lunch at Le Bernardin is worth every penny and more. There are several complimentary extras to the menu as well as what you choose. Every bite is sensational. And the most amazing part to me is that it never seems the least bit "stuffy". We tend to set the tone with our servers that we're fun and easy going, and they respond in kind.
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Apr 22nd, 2007, 04:31 PM
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you are in luck. the Brooklyn Diner that is on 57th st. just opened a satellite on 43rd / 7th. Great diner food and good location for you.
I think the only good thing about the oyster bar is its' bathroom. Grand Central is remodeling its' main bathroom and the other ones available are small.
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Apr 22nd, 2007, 05:01 PM
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No comparison, hands down Le Bernardin for lunch. Then for a light dinner go to the Oyster House for a dozen oysters. Don't forget dessert, Junior's has a bakery in Grand Central and I don't think anyone would say you would go wrong with a piece of Juniors cheesecake.
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 03:29 PM
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I have only been to NYC once, ate at the Oyster Bar and had Juniors Cheesecake. I actually enjoyed both. We enjoyed raw oysters and our daughter had the chowder, which was great. Our meal (lunch) was fine too. Personally, I have eaten at lots of places as good as The Oyster Bar, but Juniors Cheesecake is great! We had coffee and cheesecake after a Broadway show...Great. I can't wait to go back.
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 05:18 PM
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uga: where is your trip report?? We're waiting!!!
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Aug 3rd, 2007, 09:37 AM
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We decided to eat in Grand Central last week on our trip. We ate at the Oyster Bar. My husband liked the clam chowder and the snapper. I had the grouper--bland and a bit overdone. Even though there were many tables in the main room, we were seated in the bar room. I wouldn't eat there again.
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