Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Old New York: At the Oyster Bar, You Can Summer Like It's 1959

Head out to see at the Old New York destination, The Oyster Bar

By Mitch Broder

To grab your last taste of August, set sail for the Oyster Bar, the only Midtown restaurant that wants to make you feel like you're at sea.

This is not the big, century-old Grand Central Oyster Bar. It's the little, half-century-old, theater-district Famous Oyster Bar. Aside from their name, the two restaurants have only as much connection as all the restaurants in New York City that have a sign that says "Pizza."

From the outside the Oyster Bar looks like just another Old New York restaurant

Unlike the Grand Central Oyster Bar, the Famous Oyster Bar has a ship, an ocean mural, and seashells on the ceiling. It opened in 1959, and back then you needed a ship, a mural, and seashells in order to operate a seafood restaurant.

The Oyster Bar just recently got a new bar

But the Oyster Bar recently got a slick new bar, which makes me fear for the future of the ship, the mural, and the shells. If you want to see them, I'd get sailing. The place has a delicious crab cake. It made me forget about the new bar, which was making me crabby.

If you're looking for Seafood in New York City, the Oyster Bar is your old New York destination

Anchor yourself at the Oyster Bar, 842 Seventh Avenue, at 54th Street, in New York City.

5 comments:

  1. Always a good line(s) to brighten a crabby day. (If you want to see them, I'd get sailing. The place has a delicious crab cake. It made me forget about the new bar, which was making me crabby.)
    More, more, more! (I may actually have to visit the city again.)

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  2. Sweet and charming. I want to go to this place, even if I don't make it before summer's end.

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  3. A good crab cake is hard to find...a crabby person not so much so! Thanks for the find and the good tip.

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  4. thanks for sharing.

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  5. Seashells on the ceiling...who could be crabby when you have those?

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