While the oyster barges that once filled the Hudson River piers are long gone, the bivalve culture in the Big Apple is alive and well. Whether you’re looking for a lively happy hour, a romantic hideaway or just some damn good Wellfleets, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best oyster bars in Lower Manhattan.
This Greenwich Village stronghold is home to one of the best oyster happy hours in the city. East Coast orders are served on the half shell for $1 a piece every day until 7pm. The decor is nautical and welcoming, with intimate high-tables for two or booths for bigger parties. Bonus: they serve a complimentary chocolate pudding dessert, complete with a fortune telling fish.
Mermaid Oyster Bar. 79 MacDougal St, New York, NY. (212) 260-0100
Boasting an array of East and West Coast oysters, The Clam knows a thing or two about shellfish. The restaurant has a reputation for being one of the best seafood spots in NYC, so call ahead and reserve a table to make sure you don’t endure a long wait. Located on a quaint street corner in the West Village, The Clam is full of charm. Exposed brick walls, oversized windows and a friendly staff will make you feel at home. Order a round of your favorite oysters along with some sriracha brussel sprouts and Old Bay fries and you’re in business.
The Clam. 420 Hudson St, New York, NY. (212) 242-7420
Besides being one of the Lower East Side‘s hippest coffee shops, Sel Rrose is also one of the area’s most popular oyster dives. At 4pm every day the baristas are replaced by bartenders for a three-hour oyster happy hour. Slurp down bivalves from Washington, Massachusetts and British Columbia in the industrial chic Parisian interior of Sel Rrose. You’ll probably want to stay for dinner and drinks, too. In fact you might stick around all night—the bar is open until 4am.
Sel Rrose. 1 Delancey St, New York, NY. (212) 226-2510
This tried-and-true Tribeca cocktail bar just up the block from the Duane Street Hotel is known for having some of the best mixologists in town. Drinks like the War Horse (scotch, bianco vermouth, créme de caçao and bitters) and Tequila Torchlight (tequila, honey, lemon & hot sauce) are bound to give you an appetite—and that’s where oyster happy hour comes in. Monday to Saturday from 5 – 7pm oysters are just $1. Slide onto a tufted leather bench at one of the booths and get shucking.
Weather Up. 159 Duane St, New York, NY. (212) 766-3202
Quite possibly the coziest restaurant in NYC, Upholstery Store is a pearl. The walls inside are a mix of exposed brick from the building’s original foundation and cleverly painted accent walls that complement a series of elegant dangling light fixtures. The food, however, is not to be outdone by the decor. Far from your typical oyster bar, Upholstery Store is home to the specialty oyster—complete with tuna, chive, uni and pickled celery. Bon apetit.
Upholstery Store: Food and Wine. 713 Washington St, New York, NY. (646) 460-31