For my upcoming book on American nightlife I’m including examples of some of the best continental style fine dining restaurants remaining in these United States. Mr. Sven A. Kirsten (of Book of Tiki fame) is my brilliant photographer and together we’ve traveled to Las Vegas, New York, Miami Beach (actually Ft. Lauderdale), and Chicago documenting fabulous high-end restaurants from top to bottom. Los Angeles is next followed by New Orleans in May.
My goal is to show that there are still wonderful mid-century (or older) fine dining restaurants in America that have the atmosphere and authentic character of an earlier time, a time that I document in my upcoming pictorial history, America After Dark.
Grand Central Oyster Bar is located in the bowels of Grand Central Terminal and opened at the same time as the station: 1913. Here’s what it looks like before the crowds arrive. Be sure to notice the Guastavino tilework that makes the interior one of the most spectacular in the U.S.
… and just look at this plate of shellfish!
Here’s a one-and-a-half-minute video that I shot during our photo session at Grand Central Oyster Bar in New York City.