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Nov 14, 2005 04:59 PM


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Looking for great oysters on the half shell. East Village, Union Square area would be best. And ideally a place where I can pickup a to go order.

I've got no real evening plans (thus not nice dinner out) but really am craving some good oysters.

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  1. Sit at the bar at Shaffer City (5 W. 21st St.) Maybe the best oysters in Manhattan.

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      1. re: steve h

        Shaffer City is the best oyster bar in the city-aquagrill and Grand central are tied for second.

      2. I also know that The Lobster Place will shuck oysters for you, effectively giving you a to-go order. They're in Chelsea Market and on Bleeker Street (next to Murray's).



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        1. re: Nosher

          The Lobster Place on Bleecker (note spelling) is so remarkably over-priced that locals stand and stare in the window, in shock at the prices. It is a regular subject of conversation, as those of us who remember this street when it was a great source of ALL foods, stand outside and make jokes about the fish aging as no one goes in, due to the prices. The conventional wisdom among those of us in the neighborhood is that they make enough on the other branches to support this loss leader. The fish store on Sullivan off Houston is worlds better.

        2. mermaid inn usually has a decent selection of oysters. fish bar on bleecker has a cheap happy hour, as does a place on 3rd and 13th. cafe deville, i think. five points, to my memory, also has $1 happy hour oysters.

          1. I've found some decent oysters at Citarella, which shucked them for me, so I could bring them home on the half shell.

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            1. re: Captain

              I often get oysters on the half shell from Citarella - tasty, esp. the Kumamotos.

            2. Fish on Bleeker St has the greatest oyster deal ever. You're not going to get a selection, but you will get some delicious Blue Points for an amazing deal. The special (you can get it anytime) is called the Red, White and Blue. You get a house wine (red or white) or a Pabst Blue Ribbon and a half dozen Blue Points for $8.

              They can price them so cheaply as the owner owns a fishing boat, so there's no middleman.

              The rest of the food at the restaurant is so-so, but I always like to stop by for the special before heading out elsewhere.

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              1. re: Misscox

                Fish also has legendarily obnoxious service...the swine-like behavior of the manager has been documented on chowhound for ages...when i was there, my dining companion was served a totally rotten oyster...we politely complained to the waiter who gave us attitude about it...when we asked to talk to the manager, he snidely grabbed the bill and deducted the price of a single oyster, made a face, and stormed away...disgusting way to run a restaurant, and based on reviews here, fairly common at Fish...we tipped zero and will never return...

                For better places in the area requested by the OP:
                -- Blue Water Grill: sort of a loud scene on weekends but the oysters are always fresh and the service professional
                -- Shaffer City: great selection and the shucker never fails to smell each and every one for freshness...the vibe is a little bland but a perfectly good place to eat a couple oysters w/ a glass of wine...
                -- hop the 4/5/6 train to the Grand Central Oyster Bar and feast like crazy...