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Famous Oyster Bar

Neighborhood: Midtown West
Address: 842 7th Ave.
Website: N/A
Why you should go: The nautically-themed decor. Back in the day, all seafood restaurants sported replica ship decks, captain's steering wheels, and ocean murals—it was an unwritten law, and a very cool one at that.

The only thing this Oyster Bar shares with the (much) more famous one at Grand Central is the name. Which is a shame, because one taste of the sad fare here makes you wish they shared a chef. The Famous Oyster Bar dropped anchor at the corner of 54th and 7th back in 1959, and we sometimes get the feeling that some of their fish have been in the freezer since the day they opened.

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