Our 10 Best Restaurants for Oysters in NYC
This Bedford Avenue hotspot--with its sexy, 19th-century French Quarter ambience, friendly waitstaff, and absinthe on tap--has received a lot of buzz since it opened in 2011. If you can snag a table, you'll find its oysters definitely live up to the hype: Maison Premiere stocks a well-edited list of hard-to-find varieties. Having trouble deciding? Opt for the five species selection, chosen on the spot by the chef.
Best Oyster Deal: Fish, 280 Bleecker Street
This West Village eatery, with a cute but no-frills interior and solid service, doesn't stock a huge variety of oysters, but it makes up for a lack of breadth by offering one of the best deals in town: An $8 all-hours special that nets you a half-dozen oysters plus a glass of house red or white or a PBR.
Best Rooftop Oyster: Brooklyn Crab, 24 Reed Street, Brooklyn
On Mondays and Tuesdays, the Crab offers $1 house oysters (usually Blue Points) and $2 Naragansett drafts all day, which makes it a fun cheap date early in the week. Best of all is the rooftop, where you can grab a table and watch the sun set over the harbor. Just arrive early, because the dinner rush is a mob scene.
Best Scenester Oyster: John Dory Oyster Bar, 1196 Broadway
John Dory Oyster Bar
April Bloomfield's Ace Hotel seafood spot doesn't take reservations, but with an extensive and rotating variety of the freshest oysters $3 can buy, aficionados would be foolish to skip it. Plus, drinking with the Manhattan hipsters and bridge-and-tunnel types that swarm the hotel lobby bar as you wait is a worthy experience in humanity, and there's always a bauble to buy at the adjacent Opening Ceremony.
95 First Ave., New York, NY
89 E. 42nd St., New York, NY
298 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY
280 Bleecker St., New York, NY
24 Reed St., New York, NY
1196 Broadway, New York, NY
131 Duane St., New York, NY
79 MacDougal St., New York, NY