Best NYC Oyster Spots

Ask any New Yorker what their favorite oyster varieties are and the answers will vary greatly.  My top picks for oysters are Hurricane Island, Northumberland Strait, Puffers Petite, and Wellfleet, but I’m always on the lookout for new oysters and high quality oyster spots opening up in the city.  I’ve listed my top five picks for oyster spots in NYC, along with their happy hour specials.

Cull and Pistol
Chelsea Market
75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011
Cull and Pistol is a great raw bar in Chelsea Market that offers the best oyster happy hour in Manhattan.  From 4-6 PM, Monday through Friday, all oysters on the menu are $1 as long as you’re sitting at the bar or at a high-top table.

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Image courtesy of Maison Premiere

Maison Premiere
298 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Best oyster spot in Brooklyn.  They offer 30 varieties of oysters and bespoke cocktails along with 12 varieties of absinthe on tap.   All oysters on the menu are $1 during happy hour,  Monday-Friday from 4-7PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 11PM-1AM.  Get there early or you risk waiting on a line that stretches down the street.

Fish Restaurant
280 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
Fish is a small place with an assortment of excellent seafood. They don’t have a happy hour, but they have a “Red, white and blue” special all day, every day: 6 blue point oysters with house wine or PBR for $8.

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Image courtesy of Maison Premiere

John Dory
1196 Broadway
New York, NY 10001
Their oysters are fresh and delicious and the restaurant itself is very cool. Happy hour is from 5-7 PM M-F and weekends from 12-3 PM.  Select oysters are $2 during happy hour along with $5 oyster shooters and half off oyster stout beer, sparkling wine, and sherry.

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Image Courtesy of John Dory

95 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Upstate has a daily delivery of seafood so everything on their menu is super fresh (they don’t even have a freezer in the restaurant).  They have a nice selection of local craft beers and wine and their happy hour special is a beer plus any 6 oysters for $12.  Happy hour runs from 5-7 PM daily.  It’s a pretty small place so they can’t accommodate parties over 6 people.  They also don’t take reservations.

Image courtesy of Cull & Pistol
Image courtesy of Cull & Pistol

If you want to prepare your own oysters at home, some of the freshest oysters can be ordered online for next day delivery straight from the fisheries.  Check out this list of options and  here is a great instructional video on how to shuck oysters should you decide to order in.

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