- laurenc37 Feb 16, 2009 03:39 AM
Where can I get the best oysters? Preferebly not a japanese place if possible. I prefer a nice seafood restaurant where I can get a great Raw tower.
Below 23rd st is best..
Jack's Luxury Oyster bar is nice, 2nd ave and 6th st. They also offer some unique preparations.
Schaffer city is great too, a traditional type place.. 22nd and 5th, somewhere right near there.
Shaffer City Oyster Bar and Grill
5 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010
Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar
101 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
Do you like Louisiana Oysters raw? When I was in New Orleans I could hardly stomach them. But when broiled in the shell, or whatever it is they do, they were fantastic.
FYI: 5 Points has a daily Oyster happy hour. Here is a great post about all the oysster happy hours: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/374278
like our long island blue points, oysters in new orleans are best consumed in the winter. heck, casamento's closes up shop in the summer because the oysters are so crummy then.
deb and i were in acme awhile back. we were jawing with the shucker behind the bar, talking oysters, likes/dislikes and our universal disdain for those sorry specimens from apalachicola. i was bragging on the sweetness and plumpness of our blue points. i told him i get them the size of my fist. he took that as a challenge, found the biggest/best he had in the house and comped us a dozen. sweet!
oysters in new orleans and comedy have a lot in common. it's all about timing.
I always recommend Blue Ribbon brasserie in Soho.
They lack the huge selection of oyster varieties you'll find at Aquagrill, just down the block; but the two or three kinds they offer are superb, and the atmosphere unbeatable
and, yes, they offer those luxurious raw bar towers, if you want to spend $$$$
For mid-town, Grand Central Oyster Bar. Check schedule; not sure about Sunday hours. As noted many times on this board, Grand Central has plenty of atmosphere and an excellent variety of oysters. Other stuff on their giant menu is hit or miss (although their clam chowder and oyster pan roast do have fans). Full bar available.