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Many years ago , I liked the GC Oyster Bar in Manhattan. I particularly liked their oyster stew. Driving thru Park Slope, seeing several Manhattan names such as Luke's Lobster Roll, Pain a quotidian, Blue Ribbon and Grand Central Oyster Bar.
I decided on GCOB. I was in the mood for a good oyster stew. It is located in the space of previous Italian restaurants. A huge space. The white plastic ( i think) tables and chairs in the outer room are pretty uncomfortable, but the TVs are visible in that room and the World Series was on. The back room is more comfortable, but no one was in there.
The beer selection was decent. They oyster selection was good.
I started with a disappointing oyster stew. I remember such a good Oyster stew years ago. This was a watery , milky, tasteless hot liquid. Not very good.
The New England Clam Chowder my friend had was creamy and better than the oyster stew.
The oysters , were a mixed review. of 6 types 2 were good , 2 were bad, 2 were mixed. I hate getting two oysters from the same place, and one is plump and juicy and the other lacking both of those qualities. I had one good West Coast oyster ( kumamoto) the other wasn't as good. The oysters from Nova Scotia , i had anticipated to be as good as the oysters i had on a trip to Nova Scotia . A big disappointment. The shells , thin and long, the oyster kind of shrunken. I once read something about mussels, saying when you get muscles that lack plump meat, and you get a stringy flattened thing inside, they have been frozen.
If that is true, then perhaps these Nova Scotia oysters were frozen.
Two large oysters had a strange taste. I thought maybe bad , maybe interesting, but it left a bad taste in my mouth.
The fried oysters were boring. Loaded with corn meal. Fried in what seemed to be old oil. After a few, I had to stop eating them. The french fries were poor quality. The crab cakes, were meaty, tasted good. The temperature of them was about room temperature, it would have been better if they were hotter. Cole slaw was decent.
Overall, i was very disappointed. I'm curious about other CH'ers experience there.
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