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kazhound Oct 4, 2013 01:07 PM

well, my google-fu is burnt. I can't find a thing. is there a decent brunch buffet that has oysters on it? I started looking in the Outer Boroughs but without any luck and I want to organize a surprise party for my mom and it's her favorite thing. Could there be a place in Manhattan? Surely there's got to be someplace??? thanks!! Anywhere south of 125th would probably be ok...

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    kathryn Oct 4, 2013 01:29 PM

    Given that oysters in a lot of Manhattan restaurants are now $3/each, I highly doubt it.

    1. kosmose7 Oct 4, 2013 02:01 PM

      Sunday brunch buffet of Peacock Alley @ Waldorf Astoria offers oysters.
      After Carlyle Restaurant discontinued its good Sunday brunch buffet, Peacock Alley seems to be the only gourmet buffet left in the city and it is my favorite, although a bit pricey.

      Water Club's weekend buffet used to have oysters too and the price was far more reasonable, although the place is currently closed after Sandy.

      My third suggestion is, utilize the city's oyster happy hour. There are many good restaurants offering oyster happy hours at $1-$1.50 per piece. You will probably get better quality oysters than buffet.

       
       
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        kathryn Oct 4, 2013 02:12 PM

        The Brunch is served every Sunday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm (final seating). Guests are seated in Peacock Alley Restaurant and Private Dining Room.

        •A feted event
        •Raw bar with caviar, clams, oysters, lobster and shrimp
        •Smoked fish and meat carving stations
        •Mimosa or Champagne glass is served to each guest
        •Over 100 gourmet desserts displayed around a majestic chocolate fondue fountain
        •$98 per adult, $65 per child (ages 5-12), plus taxes and gratuity*
        http://peacockalleyrestaurant.com/sun...

        Dang!

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          kazhound Oct 5, 2013 06:27 AM

          Wow that is probably out of budget but sounds great!

      2. financialdistrictresident Oct 6, 2013 07:49 AM

        Maybe Ulysses:

        http://www.ulyssesnyc.com/home

        Might be too casual for a birthday celebration.

        I haven't been in ages. Thought their buffet had a raw bar. Provided they still do brunch (and you can deal with the Stone Street crowds), you might want to inquire.

        Or Aquagrill if they serve brunch:

        http://www.aquagrill.com/

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          kazhound Oct 8, 2013 07:55 PM

          oo thank you! has anyone been to Ulysses? Is the food any good? The price seems suspicious to me... My mom does like a good party so if the food is good (and the oysters are truly unlimited and worth eating) then we could have a winner!

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            foodiemom10583 Oct 9, 2013 11:07 AM

            You might want to call them and see what they do for brunch as there doesn't seem to be a brunch menu on their website, only lunch and dinner. The oysters appear to be sold at $2.50 each.

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              thegforceny Oct 9, 2013 02:01 PM

              It's just a large pub that is packed during the work week with people who work in the financial district.

              Not a destination, special occasion place, it's quieter on weekends with those who live there.

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                foodiemom10583 Oct 9, 2013 03:48 PM

                I know I'm being a pest about it, but when you figure in schlepping everyone to the city, parking, and general city driving stress, taking a ride out to Winfield's in the Greenwich Hyatt doesn't seem too bad. Winfield's brunch is pretty fabulous. Definitely memorable. The setting is incomparably gorgeous. Unlimited raw bar that includes oysters. A HUGE dessert area. Carving stations. A babbling brook. Songbirds.

                Ok, I'll stop now.

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              eastofthemississippi Oct 9, 2013 10:49 AM

              Several of the Koreatown places have raw bars. I've had the oysters at Ichi Umi (as well as sushi/sashimi) during their brunch buffet several times and its always been very fresh. Layout is good for groups too.

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