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.