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Carolina Oyster Roast or Frogmore Stew in Manhattan?

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Just looking for a place that serves a good Carolina Oyster Roast. Nothing quite like enjoying a good messy oyster roast around a table with friends and family. I know Hooters serves it on their menu (as the late owner of Hooters was born and raised in Loris, SC right on the SC/NC border b/w Wilmington and Myrtle Beach). But Hooters in Manhattan serves it all wrong. First, they serve farm raised oysters with no salt water taste. Second, they didn't bother hosing the dirt off of the oysters before they roasted them. The waitress brought me a bucket of oysters sitting in Mud and then wouldn't give a refund when I refused to eat oysters with mud caked on them. Good food and Hooters don't really go together - but this is what I have resorted to.

I had no idea that the oyster roasts I grew up with were only a regional specialty until I left NC. It was part of my family's Thanksgiving tradition to eat an oyster roast on the day after thanksgiving. The only thing I seem to find in the city is Oyster Rockefeller - that just doesn't cut it - you can't even taste the oyster. The only person I have found that has a clue what I am talking about when I say oyster roast is a co-worker from the Phillipines. Evidently, this is a cuisine shared by both the Carolinas and the Phillipines. This co-worker has had the same difficulty finding an oyster roast as I have had.

I'm afraid to even ask about frogmore stew. Which is a good low-country seafood boil. (Frog legs not usually included)

Any help on finding either of these in New York would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. I my friend know exactly what you mean, since my Mothers family was from Beaufort SC, a couple of miles from Frogmore SC.

    I unfortunately do not know where you can get some stew or a good oyster roast so I am planning on having my own.

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    1. re: Johnny Beer

      I can't quite tell from the original post what an oyster roast is (is it something as simple as oysters cooked whole?). The Oyster Bar in Grand Central has oyster pan roast and oyster stew, both of which are very good but soup-like items. They have some of the best shell fish in Manhattan, so you might want to see if they'd cook your critters the way you want them.