Park Slopers will soon feast on bivalves at Grand Central restaurant redux

Grand Central Oyster Bar outpost coming to Park Slope

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Next stop, Park Slope!

The famed Grand Central Oyster Bar is opening a Park Slope outpost, a source close to the historic restaurant confirmed.

The iconic seafood eatery, known for its vaulted ceilings and mollusk selection, is moving into a triple-wide storefront on Fifth Avenue near Carroll Street, Gothamist reported. The space previously housed Fornino but it has been sitting empty since the Italian joint closed earlier this year.

The history-rich oyster bar is expected to open its Park Slope location later this year, the source said.

The space that the restaurant is slated to take over is one of the largest storefronts in Park Slope.

The original oyster bar is a 450-seat landmark that opened in 1913 along with Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal itself. The new restaurant will be the company’s first in Brooklyn — and its first to be housed some place other than a mass transit hub. The Oyster Bar already has a location inside Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and two in Tokyo train stations.

Brooklyn-based actress and restaurateur Debi Mazar considered opening a restaurant in the old Fornino location but scrapped the plans because, as she tweeted in April, the “landlord tripled [the] rent and wants McDonald’s or Olive Garden [prices].”

No word on whether the new oyster bar will recreate its namesake’s vaulted ceilings or come with a massive inter-city train station.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at
Updated 10:13 pm, July 9, 2018
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