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Mar 1, 2007 12:15 PM

Oysters at Home

Where in NYC can I find the best oysters?

Is there a market that specializes in shellfish?

I'm hosting a 30th birthday dinner party for my boyfriend and oysters are his favorite. Definitely want to serve them as one of the courses. I have a friend who knows how to shuck them, but now I just need to know where to find the freshest oysters possible. Any ideas?

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  1. I go to Citarella quite often and they usually have a great selection of oysters, much more types than Whole Foods and Dean & Deluca. The quality is also very good, and they will shuck them for you if you want.

    Wild Edibles at the Grand Central Terminal also have a good selection of oysters.

    If you don't mind paying a little extra, you can always buy them as take-out from seafood restaurants and you don't have to do anything other than plating the oysters =)

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    1. re: kobetobiko

      I've been happy with the ones I've bought at Citarella - the ones at D&D always look a bit forlorn.

      1. re: MMRuth

        Citarella always has a wide variety (including Wellfleets, which are my favorite!) Though I have not tried oysters there specifically, all of their fresh is of the utmost quality and I would never hesitate to buy oysters there...if only I knew how to shuck them!

        1. re: selizara

          I also get mine from Citarella. Good selection and never had problems with freshness.

          1. re: selizara

            They'll shuck them for you ... a couple dollars more a dozen. After one fiasco and two dozen wasted oysters when my husband said he "wanted to do it himself", I just have them shucked there!

      2. We buy our oysters from The Lobster Place in the Chelsea Market - the west coast oysters are hit or miss, but the east coast oysters have always been fresh.

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        1. re: bigdsgoats

          Second the lobster place. And the prices are great. I remember them having about 5 varietis.

        2. I was wondering the same thing a few minutes ago (looking for Belon oysters, in particular)and a Google search led me here:

          They deliver fresh live oysters and they're a NY company. They seem to have a wide selection and some interesting info about cultivation practices, but I have not tried them yet, so I cannot vouch for their quality or services. Just thought I'd share, in case you're brave enough to buy without seeing/smelling first.

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          1. re: jamonito

            I actually have bought Belon several times at Citarella in Greenwich Village. They were so juicy and tasty, I want to have them now!

          2. On Grand Street between Bowery and Christie there is a place called Tan My My that has absolutely the freshest shellfish and fish. They usually carry Kumamotos.