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Seeking cheap Raw Oysters near Montclair

WarmBeer Jul 17, 2013 07:31 AM

Been hankering for oysters but I don't have the pallette or the wallet to appreciate them at $2.50 and up. Looking to take my son out to drink and down a couple dozen oysters since he just turned 21. Would like to get as close to a buck a shell as possible. Any suggestions?

  1. JustJake Jul 17, 2013 08:26 AM

    Try Oceanos (in nearby Fair Lawn). This pretty good Greek has a raw bar that I've eaten at when I visit my regional office in Paramus.


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    1. re: JustJake
      fourunder Jul 17, 2013 09:10 AM

      The OP doesn't want to spend $2.50/each......so I don't think he will be interested in spending $3-3.75/each at Oceanos.

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      fourunder Jul 17, 2013 09:22 AM

      I haven't heard of any bars, pubs or taverns currently doing any $1 oyster happy hours....but if you want the best bargain for oysters strictly from a price point perspective, then you should consider an Asian Buffet restaurant. Two that come to mind are Minado in Little Ferry and Dynasty in Saddle Brook. Minado has a liquor license, Dynasty does not.

      Give the shucker a proper tip and he fill up your plates until you say you surrender.

      BTW.... cheap and good don't always compute...but of these two places, Minado is good...Dynasty is fair. Bring your own horseradish if you like em spicy.

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      1. re: fourunder
        sklloyd Jul 26, 2013 09:34 AM

        $1 raw oyster Happy Hour @ Hamilton Inn in Jersey City on Wednesdays:)

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        coldbeer Jul 17, 2013 09:25 AM

        I hope you let him drink a cold beer rather than a warm beer. www.finrawbarandkitchen.com

        1. JustJake Jul 17, 2013 10:01 AM

          At $29 pp for their buffet, it would seem that Minado is a 'high quality' spot based on the reviews. If he wants seafood @ $1 a pop, there are plenty of places for him to get a mid size hard clam from a pub/bar, but a $1 pop for an oyster ain't going to be happening.

          While we're all watching our quarters and dimes, you can't have Cadillac taste with a Yugo pocketbook.

          The OP has to decide if his son is worth $60 before tip (for the both of them) or before they have a cocktail - which will take him into the neighborhood of dropping a benjie That's the least you can do for a child on such an important milestone. I'd take him there (provided he loves oysters as much as the Dad) and go to town till the proprietors get pi**ed off at you and ask you to leave. ;-)

          Hell, my youngest son (he's 21) girlfriend took him out for a celebratory dinner just last week (Nicholas) as he just landed a job after graduating. She dropped $150 on dinner (5 course pre fixe) and another $115 for wine.

          Come up for air Dad. Your kid's but 21 once.

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            bifpocaroba Jul 17, 2013 10:03 AM

            About 15 minutes away is the The Godfather on Rt.10. Great raw bar , seriously.


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            1. re: bifpocaroba
              fourunder Jul 17, 2013 10:16 AM

              Nice suggestion.....I'll have to put that place on the short list.

              1. re: bifpocaroba
                coldbeer Jul 17, 2013 10:36 AM

                Added bonus, Snookie eats there.

                1. re: coldbeer
                  creamfinger Jul 17, 2013 12:23 PM

                  I didn't think she actually lived in NJ... thankfully.

                  1. re: creamfinger
                    ELA Jul 17, 2013 12:39 PM


                    (Except during the summer, LOL).

                  2. re: coldbeer
                    jrvedivici Jul 18, 2013 05:46 AM

                    {{Self Deleted Comment}} Never realized there isn't a delete option.

                  3. re: bifpocaroba
                    WarmBeer Jul 17, 2013 03:05 PM

                    Looks like just the place for us. Thanks for all the feedback. Already dropped some bucks on the kid taking him to the Crawfish Festival back at the start of June but he couldn't drink legally back then, so this is the drinking portion.
                    1/2 dozen at $5.95 sounds to me like a buck a shell. Wasn't sure if there could be such a deal but did see an equal in South Philly a couple weeks ago so thought it might be possible.
                    As always I can count on the chowhounds.

                  4. jrzcat Jul 17, 2013 12:39 PM

                    If $ trumps freshness and species for you - I suggest packing a cooler with beer, picking them up yourself at ShopRite, and finding a favorite picnic spot.

                    I myself am partial to the flavor of west coast oysters, otherwise I opt for clams.

                    1. dan Jul 26, 2013 10:06 AM

                      Costsanera on bloomfield in montclair has $1 oysters on thursdays. Haven't been there yet, would be interested in hearing how it turns out.


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