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Where to Find the Best Oysters in Manhattan

One of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon with friends is by tracking down the best places to have oysters and a martini. We’ve assembled quite a list, and I wanted to share five of my favorite places with you! If you have a favorite place not on this list, please share–I’m always looking to add more to my list!


The Oyster Bar, Grand Central Station
Can any list about oysters in Manhattan not begin with the Oyster Bar? This Grand Central institution flies in their seafood fresh every day, and have a wide variety of oysters from all over North America, and at great prices. If you’re unsure what you’d like to try, sit at the counter and ask your server. They are sure to give you a good recommendation.

Grey Lady, 77 Delancey Street
Any oyster bar named after Nantucket is sure to have an excellent selection of oysters. They have a daily selection of oysters, as well as littleneck clams, shrimp, and lobster. Their brunch is excellent, and the bar after hours is also incredibly fun.

Grand Banks, Pier 25
Is there a better spot to eat oysters than on a boat on the Hudson? The answer must be no!

Sidecar at PJ Clarke’s, 915 3rd Avenue
Sidecar is a members’ only spot inside PJ Clarkes (though you can get a table if you call to make a reservation!) They have a wide selection of oysters, and, almost more importantly, their bartender makes an excellent martini. It’s the perfect pairing!

East Pole, 133 E 65th Street
The East Pole is one of my favorite Manhattan restaurants. The food is spectacular, the atmosphere is perfect, and if you can snag a seat in the Map Room or outside in warm weather, you’re very lucky! The oysters are a bit on the pricey side, but it’s a nice treat!

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