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Oyster Recs??

lilly1114 Jun 5, 2007 09:48 AM

Looking for a place with a long and varied list of oysters from different places. Any ideas??

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    Lucia RE: lilly1114 Jun 5, 2007 09:52 AM


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      princeofpork RE: Lucia Jun 5, 2007 10:50 AM

      Mermaid Inn, wild Salmon, BLT Fish

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      adrouault RE: lilly1114 Jun 5, 2007 10:51 AM


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        Andrew P. RE: adrouault Jun 5, 2007 01:35 PM

        Grand Central Oyster Bar. Mmmm.

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          Nikki NYC RE: Andrew P. Jun 6, 2007 06:27 AM

          I ate at Mermaid two nights ago and they only had two kinds of oysters. The east coast were excellent, though.

      2. steve h. RE: lilly1114 Jun 5, 2007 10:59 AM

        shaffer city.

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          cornellfrancis RE: lilly1114 Jun 5, 2007 01:01 PM

          Balthazar usually has a decent selection of west and east coast oysters. They are always delicious!

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            DoctortedNYC RE: cornellfrancis Jun 5, 2007 03:55 PM

            Grand Central Oyster Bar.
            No competion.

            Lure Fishbar

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            batterypark RE: lilly1114 Jun 5, 2007 04:00 PM

            The Osyter Bar in Grand Central Station. Sit at the bar where you can watch as your oysters are opened for you.

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              kobetobiko RE: lilly1114 Jun 5, 2007 05:35 PM

              I also think that Grand Central Oyster Bar has the largest selection. Wild Edibles may also carry more variety compared to other restaurants.

              1. steve h. RE: lilly1114 Jun 5, 2007 05:56 PM

                here's where i have a problem with gct oyster bar:

                oysters are shucked with indifference. plenty of grit and shell parts left on the oyster shell.

                oysters are many and varied but not filtered for quality. big burlap bags of oysters sounds good but the management team seems more interested in turning stuff over rather than providing a quality oyster experience.

                don't want to belabor the point, gct oyster bar is good for pan roasts at the counters and precious little else. oh, i also like the bar in the back.

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                  batterypark RE: steve h. Jun 5, 2007 06:47 PM

                  I guess you've run into a less skilled oyster shucker. I've been very happy with oysters at the Oyster Bar. With only a couple of exceptions (pan roasts, chowder) all of their other food is overpriced and average at best, but I'll return for a beer and assorted oysters over and over again.

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                    steve h. RE: batterypark Jun 5, 2007 06:51 PM

                    howdy batterypark,

                    i wish my sample was small but that's simply not the case. i'm still a fan of the pan roasts and still a fan of the back bar but nothing else calls me there. pity, it used to be pretty good.

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                  mengathon RE: lilly1114 Jun 5, 2007 07:21 PM

                  Aquagrill. They should have a selection of 25+ on any given night.

                  1. Gorilla Bob RE: lilly1114 Jun 6, 2007 12:49 AM

                    Aquagrill, at the corner of Spring st. & Broadway, does an oyster happy hour, and the quality is excellent. I believe the max you can order at happy hour is 16 at any one time.

                    1. guttergourmet RE: lilly1114 Jun 6, 2007 04:39 AM

                      Shaffer City is the best freshest selection in the city. Aqua grill is #2.

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                        OrganicLife RE: guttergourmet Jun 6, 2007 11:56 AM

                        GCT and Aquagrill

                        Not sure if the selection is as large, but Fish on Bleeker is very fresh and less expensive than the others.

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