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Raw Oysters Happy Hour

Any places with good raw oyster happy hour deals -- besides Lure Fishbar and Sapa?

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  1. Fish on Bleecker has 6 oysters for $8 (with wine?)

    PJ Clark at World Financial Center (only this branch) has $1 oyster from 4-7pm weekdays. Oyster of the day is 50cents each.

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      1. re: kobetobiko

        Last time I went to Fish, it was 6 oysters and a PBR for $8, not sure about the wine.

        1. re: fishermb

          I went there a few weeks ago and it's 6 oysters plus either a PBR or a glass of wine for $8

          1. re: davisready

            But were they served w/ incredible rudeness?...because i had a horrible experience there (including terrible service, a rotten oyster, and an argument w/ the manager)...you couldn't pay me to return

            1. re: Simon

              "But were they served w/ incredible rudeness?..."

              been there a ton, never served with incredible rudeness, never been served a bad oyster, never had a ifgt with the manager.


              1. re: Abe Froman

                In that case, you were very lucky. A search here will turn up dozens of vile service stories about Fish, specifically about the management.

                But glad that you've had better experiences.

                1. re: Simon

                  My service experiences at Fish have been fine too, I'm just not overly impressed with the quality of the oysters. Only reason I've been back is because my friend works right across the street and it's convenient, but I'd much rather go to Lure for the atmosphere and good choice of other happy hour plates.

                  1. re: Simon

                    not lucky.

                    it's a low key casual place with "decent" food and service to match. my impression is that people who go in there looking for more are the ones who walk away disapointed.

                    regarding the quality of oysters (response to fishermb)... i dunno, sometimes it's nice to just rock some mid-grade crustacions so long as they are safe. I don't need to pay 2:50 for some exotic import every time I crave the briney goodness, so these local non-discript jobs suite me just fine on the right occassion. any way, to each their own...

                    1. re: Simon

                      i've had less than satisfactory oysters there.

                  2. re: Simon

                    oh please. the service is most certainly not vile. its owned by blue collar li folks, they dont seem to care if you are in there or not -- lots of regular working people hang out there. nothing wrong with all that, in fact its unusually refreshing.

                    otoh rudeness you may get and loud jabbering you will get, its not freakin LE BERNADIN, its more like a glorified tavern.

                    some ordering advice -- take the pbr with your oysters over the cheap glass of wine - lol!

                    the best happy hour oyster deal is still mcormick and schmicks in midtown. for this you get corporate sterility over FISH's quirks.

              2. re: kobetobiko

                PJ Clark's raised the happy hour oyster price to the (still very reasonable) 75 cents per oyster for oyster of the day; I think the other oysters also went up 25 cents each. Still a great deal.

                1. re: batterypark

                  Is this at all PJ Clarke's or only at a certain location? Sounds fantastic.

                  1. re: KittyK

                    It is only the Financial Center location. Not the one in midtown

              3. There was a thread on this about 2 months ago - can't remember what everyone said!

                1. Fish, McCormicks and Schmicks, Aquagrill, Five Points, Schaffer City

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                  1. re: DarthEater

                    Does anyone know the happy hour prices for Aquagrill and Schaffer City?

                    1. re: KittyK

                      Aquagrill's happy hour is $1 bluepoints. To add to the list, Black Pearl also has a $1 oyster happy hour. Not sure what kind of oyster they offer.

                      1. re: jdf

                        I've only tried Black Pearl once, but it was not a good experience. We ordered "The Black Pearl", the $150 seafood plateau / sampler and it was terrible. The lobster was chewy and tasteless -- definitely not fresh. Very very disappointing experience.

                        1. re: KittyK

                          I've never been. I've heard good things about their lobster roll so was hopeful their other seafood would be good, as well. That's too bad.

                          1. re: KittyK

                            i was served a REALLY bad oyster at BP.

                            can not recall that ever hapening before in manhattan... and i had got used to the guy at Shaffer sniff testing every oyster shucked and throwing anything unsatisfactory away.

                            point being, the guy at BP plated a really bad, really smelly oyster that made it into my mouth before I caught it. horrible.

                            1. re: Abe Froman

                              that was exactly the experience my dining companion had at Fish (biting into a rotten, unchecked oyster)...and when we mentioned it to the waiter, he was obnoxious about it and shrugged...and when we then mentioned it to the manager he was even more rude, and basically said "So what?"...

                            2. re: KittyK

                              Revisited Black Pearl recently -- needless to say, I wasn't very excited, but they have redeemed themselves! We ordered:

                              The Black Pearl lobster roll
                              Ipswich Fried Clams
                              Fried Calamari
                              Mussels in White Wine and Garlic

                              Everything was delicious! Even the fries served on the side of the lobster roll and fried clams were tasty and addictive. Went home happy :)

                              1. re: KittyK

                                black pearl is awful. i went for vday and it was not good and expensive. they are supposed to be on kitchen nightmares. not sure when though.

                        2. I assume you love oysters so I am posting this Oyster Festival at Ulyssess this weekend:


                          They have it annually and it is a fixed price for all you can eat oysters.

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                            1. re: fishermb

                              I went last year. It was definitely not all you can eat for a fixed price. Oysters, mostly bluepoints, were $1.50 - $2.00. It was horrendously crowded. I waited for about 20 minutes on line for oysters, and then ate them standing up since there was no place to sit.

                              I don't really recommend going unless the above sounds like fun to you.

                          1. Does Acme Bar still have oysters at happy hour? I remember it being very inexpensive but that was a few years ago.

                            1. Lure Fishbar has $1 oysters during their happy hour M-F. I thought it was a great deal - very fresh.

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                              1. Haven't been to it yet, but I live near it - Cafe Deville on 3rd ave and 13th st., does $1 Oysters from 4-6 or 5-7, I believe.

                                  1. re: jmo9

                                    I find it to be a disaster! The owner is TOO in your faced. I had more than one funky oysters in a dozen. Then, God forbid you get hungry for actual food, because the entrees are miserable. The fish & chips are these huge brown nuggets with little semblance to any F&C I ever had. I like the tapped beer there, but would never order food there again. It's a seafood-centric place without a decent grilled fish. The salmon is blackened and didn't seem very tempting on a buddy's plate. If you go for the oysters, trust me, BAIL when you're ready for dinner.

                                    1. re: sing me a bar

                                      I had a conversation with the bf while eating at Schaffer City about whether or not we loved or hated the owner. And I think we loved him. As a person who gets on her high horse about food--I love that he was very full force about his oyster knowledge. Except for when he stole one of the oysters off of my plate and gave them to my dude--that was not cute.

                                      But I totally agree re: the entrees... not delicious. But I had some great oysters! The guy even liked them and he likes to pretend like he hates them.

                                  2. Has anyone had oysters at Essex on Thursday nights?

                                    Their website lists these daily specials under Dinner:
                                    Tues - unlimited mussels $14
                                    Wed - maine lobster $16
                                    Thurs - $1 oysters all night


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                                    1. re: KittyK

                                      Yes. It's a good value, but the shuckers aren't very skillful, and you'll wait a long time for your order. It gets packed, and loud. Just a few blocks away, The Ten Bells has oyster happy hour 'til (I think) 7:30. Oysters are $1.25, and they're better than the ones at Essex. Ten Bells serves wine and beer only, while Essex has a full bar, in case that impacts your decision. And Ten Bells also gets packed, but it's a more subdued crowd.


                                    2. Neptune Room on the UWS has happy hour oysters for $1 each night until 7 I think.
                                      Usually an east and west coast selection, nothing crazy, but if you strike up a good conversation, they might bring you something special that isn't listed. Oysters have been good quality every time I have gone, much better than Docks any of the other places I've been on the UWS.

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                                      1. re: UWSEater

                                        oh wow, had no idea about that. and right by home. may have to check that out tonight.

                                        1. re: UWSEater

                                          previous post got cut off, but mermaid inn on UWS also has decent oysters. usually about 5 - 7 varieties from the east and west coast.

                                          1. re: FattyDumplin

                                            FYI for future readers, Neptune Room (which was my favorite oyster happy hour) has been closed. Lure is my new fave for now.

                                            1. re: uwsister

                                              Lure also has great raw clams for $1, and delicious fried oysters for $2 (4/$8). Looks like it can get crowded, though.

                                        2. Not quite happy hour but the NYT reports that BR Guest restaurants, including Atlantic Grill and Blue Water Grill, are selling oysters, clams and shrimp are only $1.25 per piece after 10pm at the bar.

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                                          1. re: kathryn

                                            that special is over at blue water grill, FYI.

                                          2. Although it is not a Happy Hour Mara's Homemade on E 6th has an Oyster special on Mondays. 50 cents each! The normal price is $9 a dozen. Still a good price and nice and fresh.

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                                            1. re: Motosport

                                              Great Oyster Happy Hour Nightly at Bongo West Village. 1.25 each!!

                                              1. re: Late Nite Gal

                                                $1 oysters at Lelabar (Wed and Sat happy hour) on 427 hudson near leroy. Never had a bad one plus decent wine selection

                                            2. Raw oysters are a buck a shuck at City Crab (19th and Park) from 4:00-7:00 week nights. Most appetizers, wine and some drinks are 1/2 price.

                                              1. 5 Points has $1 an oyster happy hour , that's a good deal

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                                                1. re: foodwhisperer

                                                  Unfortunately, they are now $2 at 5 Points for Happy Hour