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NYC’s 8 Best Oyster Bars

May 29, 2012 3:00 PM

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Cool off with chilled seafood and a cold drink tonight.  Slurping down raw oysters is one of the most fun and delicious ways to start off any meal. The city is full of restaurants that are serving some of the freshest, briniest selections in the country. Ahead, some of the top spots for oysters in the city. – 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.

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Blue Ribbon Brasserie

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

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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 and served up with house-made salsa on the side are one of the main attractions for its picky patronage of chef and foodies.

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Grand Central Oyster Bar

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

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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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Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar

101 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(212) 979-1012

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The fabulous selection of oysters at Jack’s spans both the East and West coasts and is served with wacky and delicious garnishes like Bloody Mary foam. For $50, the tasting menu provides a taste of all their maritime delights, including the famous oysters. Also, a great wine list.

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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 simply 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

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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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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 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., with East Coast oysters for $1 and West Coast for $1.75, select wine by the glass for $6, draft beer for $5 and bar bites for as low as $3.

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58 E 1st St
New York, NY 10003
(646) 559-4823

With the introduction of their new raw bar, the cozy, dimly-lit date night venue has launched a happy hour which includes 2-for-1 oysters and cocktails. Try the G.P Spritz: Aperol, hibiscus infused agave, Prosecco and fresh lemon, or ask the staff for their suggestion. The folks here are friendly – and they know their stuff.

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