Where to Buy Oysters on New Year's Eve (Given It's a Monday)
I'd love suggestions as to where to buy oysters on New Year's Eve, since street markets don't operate on Mondays. (I'm also assuming that most fish mongers typically closed on that day will remain closed.) I'll be looking for unshucked oysters, preferably.
Lorenzo has been open at the Richard Lenoir market on NYE, Christmas Eve and Christmas regardless of day of the week in the past, so have some of the other oyster and fois gras vendors. Can't say for sure if this will happen this year. It's unpredictable.
As usual, I'll be buying racks of oysters at the RL market this season.
My experience with oysters on NYEve is limited to my quartier where I buy them from the same guys (no gals here) every year who expand their brasserie offerings and bring in a truck that dispenses oodles of platters - it's in front of the Nord-Sud, cnr Mont-Cenis and Ordener/Poteau but the Magrebian shucker from there is now an owner or co-owner of a place called LES DELICES DE L'ATLANTIQUE 73 Rue Duhesme which has really good looking stuff but has been opened less than a year so I will be seeking him out in a few weeks.
You will not get absolutely fresh straight-from-the-ocean oysters on Monday anywhere. So I'd go for convenience and place an order a few days in advance at the pricey Poissonnerie du Bac @ the rue de Grenelle in the Faubourg St-Germain/ 7th for pick-up or delivery on SUNDAY morning. Storing your unshucked oysters in your fridge for a day will make no difference. There are a few other poissonneries in the 7th or adjacent quartiers as well as coquillage market stands (i.e. Marché Raspail and Marché Grenelle) open on Sunday morning.
The Poissonnerie du Bac was my local, very friendly shop which always has a good selection of oysters. Also worth getting their hand carved smoked salmon which always has locals waiting in line. If your fridge is full wrap them in wet newspaper, and keep it why, and then keep them outside (on the window ledge) but don't do this if the weather is freezing as it will kill the oysters. If you like lots of oysters buy a case of them - made of wooden slats packed with sea weed. But don't forget to get an oyster knife, and practice before the big day.