Our 10 Best Restaurants for Oysters in NYC

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City Hall Restaurant
Best Red-Tape Oyster: City Hall Restaurant, 131 Duane Street

If you've spent your day in court or gnashing your teeth at some city agency over permitting or parking tickets, step into City Hall Restaurant's coolly civilized dining room for a simple platter of oysters from the extensive raw bar, or splurge on a shellfish tower, which is one of the best in town. This spot's been around for years, and it's a reliable snag for a last-minute date reservation. It's also great for groups and parties, making it a prime spot to gather after a City Hall wedding.

Mermaid Inn
Best Oyster Family: Mermaid Inn and Mermaid Oyster Bar; 96 Second Avenue, 79 MacDougal Street, 568 Amsterdam

With a daily oyster happy hour (5 to 7 p.m. uptown and Second Avenue; 4 to 7 p.m. in the West Village) and outdoor seating at Second Avenue and uptown, this ever-growing NYC oyster standby is always a reliable catch. The list divides the mollusks between East Coast and West Coast, which gives you a chance to compare and contrast.

Sammy's Fish Box
Campiest Oyster: Sammy's Fish Box, 41 City Island Avenue, Bronx

With over-the-top nautical, neon, and airplane-themed décor, Sammy's looks and feels a bit like a carnival. But after a day carousing at City Island, it's fitting and super family-friendly. Let the kids eat mac & cheese while you nosh on a plate of oysters (we'd go fried here). Highbrow it's not, but after 47 years in business, it must be onto something.

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Location Info


210 Spring St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


95 First Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

89 E. 42nd St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Maison Premiere

298 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Fish Restaurant

280 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Brooklyn Crab

24 Reed St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

The John Dory Oyster Bar

1196 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

City Hall Restaurant

131 Duane St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Mermaid Oyster Bar

79 MacDougal St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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