New York City’s iconic Grand Central Oyster Bar has announced it will be reopening in September. The underground booze and bivalve haven has been serving seafood to commuters, locals and tourists for over 100 years, but was forced to close for nearly 20 months–except for a short window last September–due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Dear friends, it has been eleven challenging months since we last saw many of you at the Grand Central Oyster Bar,” wrote the institution on its official website. “As we re-opened on September 7, 2021 we relished the opportunity to be of service again, and fill your hearts, and ours, with joy and do what we do best; offer an amazing experience to our beloved New Yorkers and to our friends from all over the world.
“Due to New York City recent announcement of the vaccine mandate, The Grand Central Oyster Bar will require proof of vaccination for all our guests and staff to enter our venue beginning September 7, 2021. Our team will check guests’ vaccination card and ID’s when they arrive at the front doors.
“We encourage you to download the statewide Excelsior Pass or NYC’s Covid Safe app, which will allow you to digitally store your vaccination card on your phone.
Stay safe, be well and thank you for your continuous support!
The Grand Central Oyster Bar will officially reopen on Tuesday, September 7. It will be open from Monday through Friday, from noon until 6:30 p.m. The restaurant will be open for indoor seating, bar and counter service, and to-go meals for pickup and delivery for New Yorkers within a five-block radius. Customers can choose from a full menu, including the iconic oysters, but options will be somewhat limited.
Earlier this month, Great Jones Distilling Company became the first legal whiskey distillery to open its doors in Manhattan since the advent of Prohibition. Located in trendy NoHo the 28,000-square-foot, four-story space will feature a cocktail bar; an event space; a restaurant helmed by chef Adam Raksin (formerly of The Lambs Club, Per Se); and a tasting room to go along with its 500-gallon still.