Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Old New York: At the Oyster Bar, You Can Summer Like It's 1959
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."
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.
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.
Anchor yourself at the Oyster Bar, 842 Seventh Avenue, at 54th Street, in New York City.