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Any suggestions for grilled oysters a la New Orleans

We were in NO a couple of months ago and tried grilled oysters for the first time - on the half shell, on the charcoal, flamed with a garlic butter/white wine mix, and lightly sprinkled with grated parmesan. I enjoyed oysters all my life, but those grilled babies were an epiphany!
We'll be in Manhatten in a few weeks - anyone doing oysters like NOLA's Acme or Felix or Dragos?
A search showed 169bar, which flames them with liquor - close, but not the same (I'll give them a try, but looking for the above version).

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  1. Sorry but I don't think so. I think that is something you need to enjoy in NOLA.

    1. I know I have had grilled oysters here in Manhattan, and can't remember all the places. I don't think any were like I've had in NOLA. But I did have good grilled oysters in Robataya, but not NOLA style. Too bad K Pauls closed in Manhattan.

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      Robataya NY
      231 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

      1. 169 Bar is probably the closest thing to what you describe, but there are a number of excellent cooked-in-the-shell oyster preps around town. The "BBQ Oysters" at Marc Forgione are justifiably lauded by many - they're his spin on one of Paul Prudhomme's classics, so there's a bit of a NOLA connection there, at least. Not specifically what you're looking for, but pretty dang delicious. An order of those and his "Chili Lobster" is a heck of a good way to start an evening.

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        Marc Forgione
        134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

        169 Bar
        169 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

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        1. re: sgordon

          Have you eaten at 169 Bar? I haven't read any reports here, and I'm interested, since it and La Flaca are the closest thing I have to local bars (sigh).

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          La Flaca
          384 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

          1. re: small h

            The closest thing to local bars? For god's sake, you're on the Lower East Side. I live in the same hood. There's about 50 bars within walking distance.

            I've noshed a bit at 169. Nothing terribly special, I wouldn't go there for dinner specifically, but decent enough for bar food, and well priced. I mean, you can't go wrong with a menu item titled "Bacon on top Mac & Cheese on top BBQ Pork" for $6. It's total stoner-food cheap eats, and even though I haven't smoked pot in twenty years I can appreciate it for its booze-soaking ability.

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            169 Bar
            169 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

            1. re: sgordon

              Cool your jets there, big fella. It's entirely possible that we live in the same building. But walking distance is a term open to interpretation, and it's cold, and my blood is thin. I'm not as young as I once was. I'm mostly interested in hearing about the oysters at 169 Bar. If you have some insight to share, I'd love to hear it.

              1. re: small h

                True that, old-timer. I suppose I'm used to New Yorkers in general being proud of our "walking distance" being much longer than others'.

                That said, I liked the Tequila & Gin oysters the best. The two with Cointreau (Bourbon & Rum) were a little too sweet for my taste, though the ingredients were things I'd glady drink in a cocktail. The Absinthe I didn't try, as I'm not a fan of absinthe in general, unless it's used VERY sparingly as a background note. If someone else ordered them, I'd try one. Would be nice if they had a Brandy one as well... Brandy + Oysters = good stuff.

                1. re: sgordon

                  Ok, now I have to get over there. The Hendricks/parsley/lemon version sounds right up my alley. This thread seeped into my brain, I think, because I found myself buying a can of Campbell's Oyster Stew at the grocery store earlier today. (I ate it. Not terrible, but it won't become a pantry staple.)

                  1. re: small h

                    We celebrated Ballantine's Day* at 169 Bar last night, and I tried an order of grilled oysters with gin. I didn't not like them, but I did conclude that maybe oysters don't really need gin. Or grilling. But I could see how someone who feels differently would enjoy them.

                    We also shared an order of the steamed crabs, which I thought were pretty terrific. I've only had these in a few other places in Manhattan (most recently Mara's Homemade, where they tasted very unpleasantly of ammonia). These were spot on. The woman who prepared them apologized for not having any claw crackers - they were all stolen - and offered us a heavy shot class instead, to use as a hammer. "I know it's not classy," she said, "but it's the best I can do." Fair enough. My companion had the mac&cheese with pork&bacon, and he was quite pleased with it.

                    And somehow the raucous crowd made the evening even better. There was a film crew kicking back after work, some shriek-y girls, and a bunch of wool-hat-wearing guys who looked like they'd gotten lost en route to Bushwick. Everyone seemed in very good spirits; my companion noted that it felt like a New Orleans bar at three in the morning, except it was only 7:30. Just a fun night, overall.

                    *Ballantine's Day is a holiday invented about twenty years ago by a friend of mine. It's the day after Valentine's Day, when you go out and get drunk on cheap-ass beer to dull the pain of being single. I haven't been single in a long time, but I'll celebrate anything.

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                    169 Bar
                    169 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

          2. re: sgordon

            oh Marc Forgione, i think the chili lobster was the best dish i had there. I think i may have had grilled oysters there but can't remember.. I certainly cant forget the chili lobster it was real good

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            Marc Forgione
            134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

          3. Oh - almost forgot, I've seen "Grilled Oysters" on the menu as well at Rye House. No idea what they're basted with, as I didn't try them - but hey, Grilled Oysters.

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            Rye House
            11 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

            1. Acme or Felix, anywhere else is NO contest

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              Felix
              340 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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              1. re: mizzanonymous

                Well, Acme is no longer the NOLA-themed Acme - it's now a completely new restaurant, with new owners & new chef, but the same name - kind of like what happened with Minetta Tavern. They do have oysters, but they're going to be more Lappland than Lousiana in style...

                Going there tonight for dinner, actually. I suspect I'll be throwing down a few bivalves pre-appetizers...

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                Acme
                9 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

                  1. re: porker

                    There's an Acme in Manhattan as well, and sgordon's right that its menu has changed.

                    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/18/din...

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                    Acme
                    9 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012