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Oysters (unshucked) near Williamsburg Bridge?

Joe MacBu Feb 1, 2012 02:11 PM

I'm desperately trying to find some live, unshucked oysters for a party. I'm in south Williamsburg, with access to the train and a bike, but no car. Is there a market nearby where I can get about 3 dozen oysters (and not pay dearly?). I tried Manhattan Chinatown, but struck out there...but perhaps I missed a place?


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    Jack Barber RE: Joe MacBu Feb 1, 2012 03:27 PM

    You could try special ordering from the McCarren Saturday farmer's mkt people. (Pura Vida fishery -- prob Googleable.) They usually have some, and might deal if you're getting 3 doz.

    Otherwise you're looking $1 each from Marlow + Daughters or Bk Kitchen.

    Or maybe you ask Maison Premiere people if you can buy from them?

    Marlow & Daughters
    95 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

    McCarren Park Greenmarket
    Bedford Ave and Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

    Brooklyn Kitchen
    100 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

    Maison Premiere
    298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

    1. EricMM RE: Joe MacBu Feb 1, 2012 06:08 PM

      They do sell unshucked oysters in Chinatown, but they are the huge C. gigas oysters from the west coast. Fine for steaming in XO sauce, not for eating on the half shell. You could try Citarella on 6th Ave, near the W.4th st train stop. They always have a variety of fresh oysters. Won't be cheap, but the quality will be good.

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        Joe MacBu RE: EricMM Feb 2, 2012 11:11 AM

        Why are the C. gigas not suitable for eating raw on a half shell? Do you have specific places in Chinatown that carry them? Thanks!

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          Daniel76 RE: Joe MacBu Feb 2, 2012 11:27 AM

          Because they required like 2 or 3 large bites to be eaten.. Normally cut them with a knife and take three bites.

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            Daniel76 RE: Joe MacBu Feb 2, 2012 11:28 AM

            Like this sucker

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              EricMM RE: Joe MacBu Feb 2, 2012 02:09 PM

              I don't really know the names of the markets, but I've seen them at markets on Canal St and Grand St. I also see them in Flushing and Elmhurst. How easy is it for you to reach Sunset Park? I'm sure you can get them there also...but as I said, and as Daniel showed, they are really pretty big for eating raw.

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            eeee RE: Joe MacBu Feb 2, 2012 06:32 PM

            Maybe at Marlow and Sons?

            Marlow & Sons
            81 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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