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Best Raw Bars

We have an anniversary coming up and I'm dreaming of raw oysters, raw clams, maybe a seafood tower, steamed lobster to follow... Balancing freshness, quality and price (so that dreams really can come true!) , what are the five to ten best seafood houses/ raw bars in NYC to consider?
Thanks, All!

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  1. Ma Peche
    Blue Ribbon
    Balthazar

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    Ma Peche
    15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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    1. re: kathryn

      OK, for everybody saying Aquagrill, how are the other items there (non-oyster)? I've only ever had the raw oysters. But the cooked items I've had haven't been nearly as good so I'm wondering how their cooked shrimp and cooked lobster is.

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      Aquagrill
      210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

      1. re: kathryn

        I almost always go raw there, plus desserts are good. I also love their mussel soup. Have had some very good crab claws, jonah crab, and shrimp cocktail on occasions. Also softshells. For lobster, I go go Mary's or Pearl's usually. Which isn't to say that Aquagrill doesn't do a good lobster....I just haven't done a whole lobster there. If I had to bet, I'd bet it's good.

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        Aquagrill
        210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          Yeah, I've had some cooked fish dishes at Aquagrill that were only OK (and once or twice a little overcooked), and my big pet peeve is getting a huge seafood tower only to realize that the lobster was overcooked. Thanks for the feedback.

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          Aquagrill
          210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

          1. re: kathryn

            Ah, I gotcha. I never order seafood towers anywhere, for just that reason. I don't eat cold lobster unless it's lobster salad or in a lobster roll.

            1. re: kathryn

              i dont like their cod, especially because it's a very small portion.

          2. re: kathryn

            my bf had the cooked salmon there, it was FANTASTIC and i dont even like salmon! the crab claws were delicious, the ones from florida (they have 2 on the menu in the restaurant) and i got the scallops which i didnt care for only because they were chargrilled and i dont like ANYTHING chargrilled. had i known i would not have ordered them

              1. i also liked the oysters and the astice, and vongole (astice was a lot better) crudo at marea. there was also an amuse bouche of a salmon crudo. i havent tried any other of the crudos at marea but they all looked pretty good. portions are very small though.