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NYC’s Best Oyster Bars: Aquagrill, Mermaid Inn, More

September 20, 2016 9:15 PM

(Credit: The Mermaid Inn)

(Credit: The Mermaid Inn)

The city is full of restaurants that are serving some of the freshest, briniest selections in the country. Here is our round up of some of the best oyster bars in New York City. By Kelly Dobkin

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210 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 274-0505

The massive selection of oysters at Soho’s Aquagrill are hand-shucked in front of you before they are served alongside a perfect mignonette sauce. With a selection of more than a dozen different types of oysters from both the east and west coasts, there’s something for everyone here. Their oyster bar opens at noon daily.

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Blue Ribbon Brasserie

97 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 274-0404

The flagship of the Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon empire is often a late-night hangout for chefs and restaurant industry folks from all over the city. The incredibly fresh oysters, expertly shucked, are one of the main attractions for its picky patronage of chefs and foodies.

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Grand Central Oyster Bar

89 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10110
(212) 490-6650

Grand Central Oyster Bar has mastered the art of selling super-fresh, reasonably priced oysters from both the East and West Coasts. It’s no surprise since they’ve been around since 1913 and are one of the oldest remaining oyster bars in the city. Their enormous selection changes daily.

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Marlow and Sons

81 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-1441

The small but expertly chosen selection of oysters at this Brooklyn brasserie are some of the best you’ll taste in the city. Served up with mignonette sauce and lemon wedges, the freshness of the oysters at Marlow & Sons is second to none.

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Mermaid Oyster Bar

79 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 260-0100

This sister restaurant to the East Village’s beloved seafood shanty, The Mermaid Inn (see below), is serving up some serious oysters. Its wide selection ranges from Wellfleet, to Kunamomo, to Hama Hama.

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(Credit: The Mermaid Inn)

The Mermaid Inn

568 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10024
(212) 799-7400

Not just a happy hour — a happy hour and a half! Venture to the Upper West Side for oyster specials at all three locations daily from 5-7 p.m., where you can catch $1 East Coast oysters, $5 beers, $7 wines, $8 cocktails and a fun snack menu.

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