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Choptank closed -- Please recommend another good oyster happy hour in NYC! Fanny Bays or Shebune oysters...

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OMG, I was planning on heading to Choptank in West Village for my favorite oyster happy hour (service and staff usually sucked, but the oysters and half-priced drinks were delicious). But it looks like they closed...

Does anyone have any recommendations for other good oyster happy hours in Manhattan, downtown preferred? We especially like Fanny Bays and Shebune stypes of oysters...buttery and not too salty.

Thanks so much!

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  1. Most happy hours serve whatever oysters are currently available and inexpensive -- so I can't guarantee you'll get your Fanny Bays or Shebunes. But Lure and Five Points both have reasonably good happy hours with $1 oysters. I believe Fish in the WV also has a happy hour, but I'm not sure what the details are. I've just seen their sign on the way home from Murray's Cheese.

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    Murray's Cheese
    254 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

    Five Points
    31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

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    1. re: michelleats

      Thanks! I'll take a look at Five Points. I've tried Lure and didn't love their oysters. It was just one type for happy hour and not that great. The good thing about Choptank was that all their oysters were 50% off and they usually had 5 varieties.

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      Five Points
      31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

      1. re: smartcooki

        Mermaid Inn. Happy hour everyday 5 -7pm. They offer west coast oysters for $1.75 and east cost for a buck a piece. Plus some good drink specials and other appetizers.

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        Mermaid Inn
        96 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: TEACHnEAT

          Thanks. I called them already and Fanny Bays are not on happy hour. They're $2.75. Grand Central Oyster Bar has them for $2.15. However, Mermaid has other British Columbia oysters (Chef's Creek?) for happy hour. So maybe we'll try something else.

          That Choptank special was soooo good. Blah.

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          Grand Central Oyster Bar
          89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

    2. Fish. Best oysters and really good prices

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      Fish
      280 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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      1. re: secondbecky

        Totally. I don't know what their happy hour deals are, but I think their Fanny Bay's are usually $1.50, which is still a steal here.

        Also, if you don't mind blue points, you can do their Red, White & Blue special at any time of day—6 Blue Points and a glass of red or white whine or PBR for $8!

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        Blue Point
        662 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

        1. re: loratliff

          Thanks! Fish looks good. Just looked on their site and Fanny Bays are $2, which is pretty good! Choptank was $1.50 for happy hour (which is no more) and Grand Central is $2.15 anytime. This is the best price I've seen.

          I don't remember whether I like Blue Points, but seems worth trying for $8 including a drink.

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          Blue Point
          662 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

          1. re: smartcooki

            Hey, if you go, report back, will ya? I'm picking up on your oyster enthusiasm! (Oysterthusiasm? N.M. I can't think of any cutsie contractions, here.)

            1. re: michelleats

              Will do. My friend and I kind of have an oyster obsession :) I'll have to run the options by her and make a decision. Will report back regardless!

              1. re: smartcooki

                Fish's oysters are so good cuz the owner of the restaurant owns his own distribution co. - so his food is literally ocean to table.
                Disclaimer: I know the manager there. But I srsly love this place!

              2. re: michelleats

                So, we ended up going to Fish....and it was just ok. Unfortunately, it didn't come close to Choptank (which is only half a block away actually). We ordered a dozen of Blue Point with 2 drinks (2 $8 specials) as well as 2 Fanny Bays and 2 Kummamotos to try. The Blue Points were just ok, but great for the price. At this price, they're better than all the other oyster happy hours I've tried, not including Choptank. They were big too. However, their Fanny Bays were kind of small and unimpressive. The flavor was similar to what we were used to at Choptank, but they were about half the size and not as buttery at all. We didn't think the Kumammotos were worth the price either. To give you an idea, we would often end up getting 4 dozens of Fanny Bays at Choptank, one dozen at a time, because they were so delicious...we had to force ourselves to stop. Haha. Here, we didn't reorder and left.

                I think we are spoiled by Choptank now!! I hope it returns...we walked by it and there is still a note about the flood and it's closed, but it hasn't been torn down completely or anything....

                1. re: smartcooki

                  I don't think they are going to reopen. There was something on Grub Street or Eater a couple months ago about it. I live half a block away (around the corner from Fish, literally) and it's been sitting for such a long time that I have a hard time believing it will return.

                  I'm sorry that Fish was just "okay"—could just be an off night, as I've never had a bad experience and we go at least once a week.

                  1. re: loratliff

                    Ah, here's the post I was referring to: http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2011/02...

                    So, seems like it could go either way... Hmmmmm...

                  2. re: smartcooki

                    Thanks so much for reporting back, smartcooki! I hadn't realized Choptank was so good for oysters. (Actually, I'd only heard a few negative reports when it was open, but that might've been more in reference to service.) I'm a bit sad I never went, now.

                    I'm not nearly as refined in my tastes as you are -- my oyster vocabulary is more along the lines of "yummy" versus "not yummy" -- but if I come across any happy hours I enjoy, I will try to report back to this thread.

                2. re: smartcooki

                  I like Fanny Bays best of all, but Blue Points are great too, IMO. Of course, I have an oyster obsession too, so I'll typically do the $8 RWB special and then supplement it with a few Kummomotos or Fanny Bays.

            2. City Crab has $1 oyster happy hour every day and all Sunday afternoon

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              1. re: hon

                Choptank's oyster happy hour was by far the best in town! You would NEVER see over commercialized and underwhelming blue points on their menu. People, there's a reason BP's can be given away for a dollar, they are mild, can spawn like crazy, and are so uniform and devoid of unique character. ANY good oyster man or Oyster source will tell you that. In cold winter months, for very reasonable prices and prob best overall selection, with s charm that is prob only consistently welcome to a few is the Oyster B at Grand Central. After that, for better atmosphere and wine selections etc... it simply gets pricey, i.e. Mary's, Mermaid and such. If all your looking for are production line oysters at rock bottom price, well then Fish is prob best for you. Try a Salt pond, or a Glidden Point and maybe you'll change your mind.

                1. re: goodtimeguy

                  I've had Salt Ponds.... They're great, I'm not going to deny that, but Blue Points at Fish's price are excellent too.

                  1. re: goodtimeguy

                    So so unfortunate they closed. That happy hour was our little secret...so sad now.