HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >


$ 1.00 oyster happy hour in NYC.....Any such thing??

2 hounds from coastal Florida will be in the city for a week....June 15th to 23rd. We're aware of Grand Central, Pearl, and Famous OB's....is anyone doing what I've described?

Would like to stay in Manhattan, but would travel to Long Island City or Williamsport in order to satisfy the craving. I know that this is probably in other "boards", but didn't see it at first glance.

Anyway, thanx bunches to all that reply!K

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Maison Premiere, WilliamsBURG, 4-7 PM

    3 Replies
    1. re: Sneakeater

      Also in Brooklyn is Strong Place (Cobble Hill) -- $1 oysters and 2-for-1 draft beers from 4 to 7 weeknights (maybe excluding Fridays?) http://www.strong-place.com/

      1. re: Sneakeater

        Is this special M-F? Would love to find one for Saturday in Brooklyn,

      2. Essex Restaurant, Nomad Restaurant, Fish Restaurant, Lure Fishbar ($1.50), The Ten Bells. There are tons, really. You may as well figure out what neighborhood you're going to be in and go from there.


          1. re: kathryn

            Careful with The Oyster Blog - they have Belcourt on there, and Belcourt is closed. Nomad took over their oyster happy hour.

          2. I like Maison Premiere in Williamsburg as they have a great selection for a dollar BUT it gets VERY crowded, twice I went aroud 6 30 and was turned away. You would have to get there at 4 to get a seat.

            Mermaid Inn (East Village) has happy hour with discounted drinks, apps and oysters for a dollar!

            4 Replies
              1. re: kosmose7

                The West Village and UWS Mermaid locations participate in the Happy Hour special too. Pretty good stuff.

                1. re: loratliff

                  Yes, I was there last night for happy hour specials and blue crabs! Yummy! :)

              2. re: MsAlyp

                I went to Maison Premiere at 4 on several occasions last summer and there was already a line forming outside the locked door each time. I prefer to go to Mermaid Inn (EV). You don't necessarily have the broad selection of Maison Premiere, but there is a rotating selection and the staff are very friendly and helpful making recommendations.

                Bobo also has an oyster happy hour, but I think they're just Malpeques. The fried oysters, however, are a thing of beauty.

              3. There is Blue Ribbon on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope. They open at either 4 or 5, depending on the day of the week, and from opening until 6 PM they have oysters at $1.50 each and clams at $1.00 each. Both clams and oysters are expertly shucked (no shards of shell), and go well with a nice crisp white wine.

                You could also try Cornelius, on Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights, also Brooklyn. They have an oyster happy hour every day when oysters are $1,00 each.

                My wife and I prefer Blue Ribbon, despite the higher price, because of the quality of the oysters and clams and the clean shucking.

                In Manhattan, I've had the oysters at Lure Fishbar during their oyster happy hour, $1.50 per oyster, and I thought they were great.

                Good luck...

                1 Reply
                1. re: BrookBoy

                  +1 Blue Ribbon Park Slope, the $1.50 oysters where phenomenal this past weekend. Better than the oysters I had at Pearl Oyster Bar earlier in the week that were 3xs as expensive.

                2. One thing I dont miss about living in NYC any more is the fact that $1 oysters would be considered a happy hour special :P

                  People always freak out when they see 25 cent oysters in new orleans when they visit!

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: twyst

                    Yeah, but they're Gulf oysters.... Big difference.

                  2. enjoy $1.00 oysters, Monday – Friday from 5pm – 7pm.
                    92 MADISON AVENUE.
                    NEW YORK, NY 10016
                    TEL: 212.889.7100

                    1. I did not know such an event even exists. Definitely putting this on my list.

                      1. try FISH on bleecker in the village and MCCORMICK AND SCHMICKS chain in midtown.

                        2 Replies
                        1. re: mrnyc

                          South African Restaurant called Xai Xai South African Wine Bar at 369 West 51st street.....last I knew, around 5.

                          Also Royal Albert Tavern on 9th street and up from 38th .

                          Some are all day some just happy hour.

                          1. re: jonkyo

                            I've been there and enjoyed the oysters. The service was also pretty good.

                        2. There's no choice as to type, but for the price and no line that other places have, I like City Lobster. $1 oysters all night every night.

                            1. If you're willing to travel, Lobster Joint in Greenpoint does $1 oysters, $4 lobster sliders, and a bunch of drink deals until 7 (pints of beer or cocktails). It has a sizable back yard too.

                              I used to go to Maison Premiere and have no trouble getting seats at 5:30 or 6, but I guess it's gotten too popular!

                              Cornelius in Prospect Heights does $1 Bluepoint oysters on weekdays until 7.

                              1. Upstate craft beer and oyster bar, east village...half dozen oysters (mix and match a dozen or more varieties) and a beer=$12, 5-7 pm daily. Great owner: no extra charge.

                                Agree with Blue Ribbon, Park Slope, as well.

                                4 Replies
                                1. re: famdoc

                                  I went to Upstate a couple of weeks ago. Only five varieties of oyster were part of the happy hour special, not that I'm complaining, because that's four more choices than most places offer. I had two rounds of three types each, so I could sample everything. The servers arranged the oysters from briny to (their word) mushroom-y, kind of like an oyster flight. It was a really positive experience overall; the staff is very friendly and happy to talk oysters, beer, whatever (we sat at the bar). Also crowded. Really crowded.

                                  1. re: small h

                                    upstate, in what perspective, from Long Is. that means Port Chester or Middletown; to NYC, or and others think of Buffalo.

                                    I make it a practice to never eat raw oysters if I am located more than a days walk from the ocean......though found a good place near Liverpool station once in the London.

                                    Ronin, a Japanese restaurant in Murray Hill, with big flat screened TV playing older black and white Akira Kurosawa films without sound in the bar area, offered a 3 huge oystered on two visits some months ago. Raw, and the largest oysters I ever saw on a plate. They were so large they cut them through the center. Delicious, though the first time I went they were gigantic, and the second time, just huge.


                                    not the place for oyster slamming, but certainly if you go there, check the raw oyster plate out, along with the yaki or sashimi.

                                    Weekly a famous Japanese film star make appears, either half owner or friends with the owner.

                                    1. re: jonkyo

                                      This is the "Upstate" referenced in this thread:


                                      1. re: thegforceny

                                        Yes, thanks. And thanks also to jonkyo for inspiring me to visit Ronin's charmingly inscrutable website. Curious about what beers are available? None of your beeswax. There are 19 of them, and that's all they're sayin'.


                                2. Domaine Bar du Vins in Hunters Point, right in front of the Vernon/Jackson subway stop on the 7, one stop from Grand Central - daily $1 oyster happy hour and a great wine by the glass selection.

                                  3 Replies
                                  1. re: Casa SaltShaker

                                    Although it might be more then a dollar City Crab has happy hour now with 1/2 off oysters along with other appetizer and drink specials.

                                    Lure fishbar has oysters for 1.50

                                    1. re: Casa SaltShaker

                                      +1 Domaine Bar du Vins, and the bartender Chip is awesome!

                                      1. re: Pookipichu

                                        Perhaps it was the night I went, but I found you get what you pay for at Domaine. Too bad.

                                    2. I highly recommend Upstate, a craft beer bar in the East Village that offers a daily Happy Hour of 6 oysters (your choice) and a local beer for $12!

                                      In addition to what everybody else here said, Ten Bells in the LES also offers $1 oysters from opening every day until 7pm.

                                      1 Reply
                                      1. re: eatthisny

                                        I mentioned The Ten Bells in my 5/28 post. This thread is going to give the impression that there are way more dollar oysters than there actually are, what with the multiple posts about Lure & Fish & Mermaid (and Upstate too - see famdoc's post, three above yours).

                                      2. Flex mussels has one buck shucks during HH. 13th and 6th.

                                        1. McCormick and Schmick by Radio City has a $1 oyster happy hour.

                                          1. The Seahorse Tavern on 85 Street off 2nd Ave has bluepoints for $1.50 all day until 7 pm. Pretty good deal.

                                            1. The Long Room Pub, on West 44th Street....right next to our hotel....the Mela...had $1.00 oysters almost constantly!! Thanks to all who replied!!

                                              1. Chez moi on Atlantic ave between henry and Clinton in Brooklyn has them Monday-Wednesday from 4-7pm. In fact, I had them today and they were great.

                                                1. AOC Bistro, on Fifth Ave. in Park Slope, now features $1 oysters at the bar all night. Last evening's selection included Beausoleils, from New Brunswick, which were sweet and only slightly briny and a larger, flat oyster from Washington State (sorry, despite pronouncing the name twice, my waitress' accent prevented my understanding of the variety), which were intensely briny.

                                                  1. The newly opened Dead Rabbit just announced one.

                                                    TONIGHT and every Monday through Friday from 5 to 7, The Dead Rabbit's special happy hour, "L'Heure Verte." Enjoy $1 oysters and specially-priced Pernod absinthe cocktails in our upstairs Parlor.

                                                    1. Prima has half price (i.e., $1.50) oysters & drinks from 5-7. There were five varieties to choose from on my recent visit; I liked the Montauk Pearls best. The fries are very good, also. The tempura hake, on the other hand, was just an expensive fish stick.


                                                      1. Here's one more for your list, this one in the FiDi:


                                                        looks as if they have $1 oysters M-F, 5-7 PM

                                                        1 Reply
                                                        1. re: famdoc

                                                          Kathryn posted that in March (see two posts up)

                                                        2. Quite a long running thread...
                                                          I had $1 oysters (and 50c clams) at the lobby bar of the Wyndham Garden Chinatown (Bowery & Hester).
                                                          Happy hour only which runs Monday to Friday (me thinks 5pm to 8:00 or 9:00, but not sure).
                                                          They had other cheap snacks plus cheap drinks.

                                                          6 Replies
                                                          1. re: porker

                                                            Elevate, right? How's the other food there? A chef acquaintance told me they were doing interesting things, but I haven't been yet.

                                                            1. re: squid kun

                                                              I had sashimi and drinks there on Valentine's Day, in the lounge downstairs (not the bar at street level). The elaborate presentation made more of an impression on me than the taste of the fish, which was fine but not outstanding. I didn't find the menu all that interesting; it's fancy-ish sushi rolls and fancy-ish hotel restaurant food, nothing you haven't seen before. Here's my ankimo appetizer, in all its crushed ice and rose petal glory:

                                                              1. re: squid kun

                                                                Yeah, Elevate (but with the fancy-smanchy olde-english, shakespearian, capital E, I thought the place was "levate" all weekend... http://www.elevaterestaurant.com/7522... ).

                                                                We did not visit the restaurant, but had drinks in the lobby bar. Couldn't pass up a coupla dozen cheap oysters and clams and dumplings, though.
                                                                From the look of the place, I'd peg it just as small h describes; fancy-ish hotel restaurant food. Funny, the place is called Elevate, but its in the basement...

                                                                I do recommend the bar, if you're in the 'hood on a weekday happy hour, though.

                                                                1. re: porker

                                                                  <Funny, the place is called Elevate, but its in the basement... >

                                                                  I thought that was hilarious, myself. The whole experience was pretty bizarre. Because it was V-Day, all the ladies got a red rose, and there were lacy paper heart decorations taped up everywhere (the kind you can buy in the "seasonal" aisle at the drug store). Also flat screen televisions on every wall, each tuned to a different sporting event. We didn't know whether to get married or order a plate of nachos.

                                                                    1. re: porker

                                                                      It seemed quite earnest to me. Inscrutable, but earnest.

                                                            2. Also Fulton upper east side 75th st I think

                                                              1. I accidentally discovered 99-cent oysters in midtown. Had an hour to kill and wandered into Courgette at 204 W. 55th. It's French-ish, although the bartenders are Eastern European (and one of them seemed to be dressed for a Liquid Sky costume party, which made me nostalgic for the 80s).

                                                                The happy hour specials were a charcuterie plate or a cheese plate for $8 (both looked very nice), and half price drinks. I was in an oyster mood and was very pleasantly surprised that I could get 6 East Coast & 6 West Coast oysters for less than $12. The bartender wasn't sure what kind of oysters they were, and neither am I. The only ones I recognize by sight are bluepoints and kumamotos; these weren't that. They were very good, but shucked rather sloppily. The cocktail sauce was fine; there was also some watery orange stuff that was horrible. It may have been Tang. Don't put it on your oysters.

                                                                ETA According to my receipt, the oysters were hummocks and kumamotos (maybe I can't recognize them after all).

                                                                1 Reply
                                                                1. re: small h

                                                                  Tang was brought on board the Mercury and Gemini space flights of the '60s.
                                                                  I never knew for sure why, but this clinches it.
                                                                  John Glenn used the tang for oysters in orbit.

                                                                2. Had two dozen Naked Cowboys with friends at Ken+Cook, 19 Kenmare St. last evening. They're priced at $1.50, not $1, but they were meaty, briney and substantial. Recommended.

                                                                  1. Lure Fishbar has all its oysters on sale for a buck until 7, Monday-Friday.

                                                                    1. I wish I had known this when it would have been helpful to the OP, but for the benefit of other fellow Hounds, Bell Book & Candle on 10th between 7th and Greenwich has dollar oysters at the bar during happy hour, along with $4 craft beers, cheap house wines and a discount off their outstanding specialty cocktails. I can't even remember the variety we had when we there, but they were from New Brunswick and just outstanding.

                                                                      1. A new choice for LES wanderers: Preserve24 on E. Houston has dollar oysters & $6 wine & $3 beer from 5-8pm. I had a glass of muscadet (very good) and nine malpeques (eight were good, one was off, but I'm still alive). The real draw of the place is the decor, though. It's really cool-looking in there, and very spacious. The upstairs bar area is an L-shape, with high round tables; it seems like a good size group could gather there comfortably.

                                                                        8 Replies
                                                                        1. re: small h

                                                                          Yes! I enjoyed their happy hour too, as well as the lovely decor.


                                                                          1. re: kosmose7

                                                                            Yum, looks like great spot. Do you know if they do 1 dollar oysters on Sundays or another spot that does 1 dollar oysters on Sundays? Thanks!

                                                                            1. re: kosmose7

                                                                              One caveat - the $3 beer is Narragansett Lager, which, in my humble opinion, isn't worth $3. I'm somewhat snotty about beer, but I have a girlfriend who (truly, madly, deeply) likes Budweiser,* and even she won't drink Narragansett Lager.

                                                                              *she thinks Yuengling has "too much taste," and yes, she realizes how funny that is to most people.

                                                                              1. re: small h

                                                                                So I assume she doesn't touch your Yeungling....

                                                                                1. re: porker

                                                                                  Nope, but I might not trust her around Miller or Rolling Rock. Here's a little story about Narragansett Lager confusing clams with scallops:


                                                                                  There's a joke there somewhere, possibly referencing the snails/oysters conversation in Spartacus.

                                                                                  1. re: small h

                                                                                    Fun story, but I couldn't tell if any snickering was going on or not. Perhaps a slogan: "Narragansett Lager - official beer of the clam, a real mons beer"

                                                                                    1. re: porker

                                                                                      That is a shamefully bad pun. I wish I'd thought of it.

                                                                          2. Oh man, I almost don't want to share (and pardon if it's already mentioned, but I didn't see!)

                                                                            For all of us stranded working in the wasteland that is the financial district, The Dead Rabbit does a $1 oyster happyhour that is epic! The oysters were fresh, well cleaned and delicious (a bit small, but for a buck...) We left early to take out a new staff member and got there at 5:30, we were immediately seated. However, by about 6 everything was full.
                                                                            I believe the happyhour goes until 7, and they also have specially priced cocktails during that time (they're $12 instead of $14.) The drinks are def pricey, but it's a great spot if you want to avoid the 100x typical fidi "pubs" and have a great drink with great service. And seriously, the drinks are GREAT.

                                                                            as a sidenote, the BEST oyster happyhour I've ever had remains the Blue Ribbon in Park Slope- they're $1.50 for oysters and $1 for clams (ends kind of early, maybe at 6? but they do it on weekends too!) The oysters are, bar none, the best I've had in the city. They also have a $25 bottle of white during the happyhour- it's a greeeeeeat time on a lazy sunday afternoon. My fiance and I make that dinner on a regular basis (not sure if they do it in the city, tho...and it's bar only in the slope.)

                                                                            1. Add another one to the list.

                                                                              Louro also plans to have $1 oysters during the summer. Was there today and had some really meaty malpeques for $1 each!

                                                                              Their happy hours are 5:30-7:30 and 10pm-close
                                                                              Cocktails are $8, and I think wine $6, beer $4
                                                                              There's also a complimentary plate of tapas. Today was frittata, seafood fritters, and broccoli in piri piri sauce. Everything was excellent. We had a great time!

                                                                              1. Tallulah on 71st and Broadway has $1 Oysters, 4-8 PM, I think

                                                                                Whitehall on Greenwich Ave has $1 oysters, 5:30 to 8, I think, and M-Th.

                                                                                1. While looking up info in response to another query, I noticed that Bell Book and Candle on W. 10th St. has a $1 oyster happy hour. Beer $4 and signature cocktails $8.


                                                                                  5:30 to 7:30 Mon-Fri

                                                                                  1. lol! this thread has way too many repeats, please review before you post.

                                                                                    that said, its a keeper as it certainly remains very, very useful. good list 'hounds - let's keep it up!

                                                                                    1. Here's another: $1.00 bluepoints until 7:00 every day at Shoga. corner of 88 Street and 2nd Ave, UES.

                                                                                      1. i got one -- BARRIO47 in the west village has $1 bluepoints for happy hour 4-7pm.

                                                                                        1. Just had a half dozen at Tiny Fork on Orchard and Stanton yesterday: very good variety [l think about eight EC and three or four WC], all $1 during happy hour [l think it ends at 7p].

                                                                                          1. I feel like I posted this somewhere else, but The Dalloway on Broome St. has great $1 happy hour oysters until 7. Definitely the best I've had in the city.

                                                                                            1. Three of us had oysters at the bar at Louro this evening. What a nice touch to have them delivered on three plates, each with ice, six oysters, lemon wedges and horseradish sauce.

                                                                                                1. Mermaid Inn (there's one on 2nd Ave and one on MacDougal) IS THE BEST! $1 Littlenecks & Oysters. If you check in on Yelp/ Foursquare you get a free, filling appetizer. I usually get the Gouda Mac n Cheese which is divine!

                                                                                                  Lure Fishbar is a good one too.

                                                                                                  Whatever you do, do NOT go to The Barrel on 9th between 2nd and 3rd. So terrible.