I eat oysters at marlow and sons (oops outerborough) regularly, they are consistenly excellent as are the martinis.
Ate at mermaid inn the other night had a dozen and half, they were fresh i think i just didn't particularly like the selection of the day (cant remember what it was).
havent been to grand central in forever, are they actually good or just good enough?
Aqua grill on Spring is out of my price range.
Any recs for someplace else downtown. $30/dozen is my max.
The lobster roll place on centre street I haven't been too, anyone?
And is Jack's Lux gone or is it just around the corner? How are their prices?
OK enough of me,
I think you should reconsider Aquagrill if you think its out of your price range, but are willing to spend $30/dozen. At $2.50 each, you can find a nice mix of the oysters they carry in that range or cheaper. Or go Monday-Friday from 4 to 6 and get dollar bluepoints there.
Lure Fishbar has $1 oysters for happy hour. They're just bluepoints but they were fresh. Also half off cocktails and other appetizers. Blue Ribbon is always good (better than Lure but no happy hour). I've also been meaning to try Shaffer City. Menupages say they're $2 each.
Try odering oysters at Cantoon Garden on Elizabeth Street in Chinatown (btw Bayard and Canal St). I went with some friends once and they freaked on the size. Apparently, those oysters are fed so they look larger than normal and I think they around $2.50 each.
I still like the Oyster Bar in Grand Central. Aside from a nice selection of fresh oysters, I love the old NY feel, something we are seeing disappear all too fast. I also like Schaeffer City on 21st between 5th and 6th. Nice selection, fresh and easily within your price range.