Fun fact: there are over 100 species of oysters living in the vast waters of the world. Here are five restaurants that are serving up some of the best oyster specials in honor of National Oyster Day on Aug. 5. By Carly Petrone.
Celebrate National Oyster Day at the newly opened Oyster Bar at Surf City. Head over to Jersey City and enjoy panoramic views of Manhattan and Liberty Island. Grab a seat at one of their six bars (both indoor and outdoor) or take advantage of the fire pits for when the sun goes down. Their Oyster Bar menu doesn’t disappoint, with options like clams and oysters on the half shell and lobster guacamole. Surf Bar is also offering plenty of other seafood items, like chilled lobster and crab legs, ice cold shrimp, cervices, and octopus. With over 75 beers on tap and a complete tropical frozen drink bar, you’ll definitely find something tasty to wash it all down with. Surf City is open at 4 p.m. on weekdays and noon on the weekend.
With an all-day happy hour and a selection of oysters from both the east and west coasts, you can’t go wrong at White Oak Oyster Bar in Hell’s Kitchen. Pair your meal with one of their many signature cocktails — like their Four Roses and Rosemary (Aperol, rosemary, grapefruit shrubs, cranberry prosecco) or the Bootsy Goose Collins (Grey Goose, Lillet Rouge, lemon, simple sugar, pomegranate) for a unique seafood experience.
Oceana is celebrating National Oyster Day all month long! Grab a seat and enjoy a selection of New York’s finest oysters paired with craft beer that’s all made here in New York. Enjoy six oysters from Naked Cowboy, Blue Whale, or Great South Bay and wash them all down with your choice of locally-crafted beers from breweries like Blue Point, Montauk or even the Billion Oyster Saison, from Brooklyn.
Have a seat at the historic Grand Central Oyster Bar inside Grand Central Station. With an extensive list of oysters, you can sample seafood from up and down the eastern seaboard, along with offerings from the Pacific Coast — with flavors ranging from mild to briny. Other oyster offerings include Bloody Mary oyster shooters, fried oysters and oysters Rockefeller. Pair it with a gin or vodka Oyster Bar-tini and call it a night!
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Happy hour at The Mermaid is available 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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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.