Last night my uncle Bill - aka BIM on these boards, Mike (both visiting from LA) and I headed up to Grand Central Oyster Bar for night two of great eating.
Unfortunately, we arrived so late that they were out of many of the dishes we wanted. Poor Bill desperately wanted to try the Oyster Buffalo Wings (what is that, anyway?) but to no avail.
So we "settled" with a shrimp cocktail and a dozen oysters to start. The shrimp cocktail came with 5 giant shrimp with cocktail sauce. They were very yummy. As for the oysters, we based the choice on recommendations from our server. We got 6 of one kind, 3 of another and 3 of another (I'm sorry, I can't remember which ones they were!) Unfortunately, I wasn't a huge fan of the 6, which he had most highly recommended. They were too salty for my taste - I like a sweeter finish. The other sets of 3 were delicious (save the last one that I ate which tasted a bit off. No sign of food poisoning yet...phew.)
Entrees included the Oyster Pan Roast (Bill), Broiled Giant Scallops (me) and...well, I told Mike I wouldn't include his order in my report, as he was embarrased that he didn't order something more chow worthy. I will respect his wishes...excuse me but I think I'm about to sneeze...aaaaa-fish and chips-CHOOO...damn alleriges. Anyway, Bill's pan roast was delicious! It was comprised of several oysters and a large piece of bread, floating in a red, creamy sauce that had a strong essence of wine (Sherry, as Bill put it more specifically). My scallops were perfect. They came with no sauce, no breading, no coating, just simply broiled, succulent scallops - delicious. Mike's dish was quite excellent as well. I haven't had his "order" since I was in England and I must say that this was equally as good! No shame, Mike, no shame!
Service was decent. Clearly we arrived near closing, so I don't think they were thrilled to see us, but our server was very knowledgeable (save the oysters - I had specifically requested a sweet finish) and very 'down to business' but in a light-hearted way. Again, I think this had to do with the timing of our arrival.
I'm not sure about the total cost (thanks again, Bill!), but it was a great ending to a long and stressful day for me.