Taking a break for Oysters....Virgola

      Pause! And why not? Especially if it involves a decadent plate of oysters and a beautiful bottle of wine. Virgola, which means “comma” in Italian, is not just a new oyster and wine bar in the West Village. It’s a reason to stop, sit down, and enjoy […]

To an Oysterific New Year

Its been a crazy couple months here at TheOysterBlog. We had an engagement, a wedding, and ran the NYC Marathon. Now that things have quieted down a bit, we are back! Not that we ever stopped slurping. But just a brief hiatus on reporting. Life is better on the half […]

New Space, same great Oysters....Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn

Last week we were honored to be invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony, and the official grand opening of the Grand Oyster Bar Brooklyn in Park Slope. Not a bad way to kick start the year as we slurped and mingled with our fellow oyster aficionados. As a franchise, it harbors the same mystical elements of the original in midtown Manhattan, but with incorporated charm personal to its Brooklyn neighborhood. The space consists of a bar and lounge area, a large dining room in the back suitable for a private party, an open kitchen, an oyster bar, and a retail store shall the desire to shuck your own oysters come about. Although the restaurant has been open since mid December, it was serving only raw bar items and appetizers at the time. It has now gone full swing, showcasing revamped classic delights, such as the crab cake with its tender jumbo lump interior and a crispy breadcrumb overcoat. The lobster roll will definitely bring you back for more, as will the creamy house specialty clam chowder. But for us, it was all about the bivalves. A rotating variety of 16 oysters, its a head spinning amusement park ride that we did not want to dismount from. The oysters were just scrumptiously delicious. Fresh and plump, they were true Blue Point heaven. Since it was just a party that night, we will definitely be returning to sample some of their other aquatic delights and oyster varieties.

The restaurant is currently running a happy hour every day from 4-6pm, with discounted drinks and $1 Blue Points. And for those Manhattanites weary of getting lost, its just two blocks from the subway.

Stay tuned for an updated review as we re-visit the restaurant and reveal a surprise that is currently in the works for the biggest oyster lovers out there.


Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn
256 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11215