5 Places with Great Oysters in NYC

Oyster bars are a dime a dozen in New York. And, like a lot of things in this city, it takes effort to avoid the tourist traps. So, if you’re looking for great oysters in NYC, we recommend trying one of these places:

Maison Premiere

This is a pretty cool bar that has a replica of the Napoleon topped absinthe fountain from the Old Absinthe House in New Orleans. Happy hour is typically packed with 24 varieties of oysters for $1 and the cocktails are really delicious. It’s a true tribute to old-fashioned oyster houses with five star ratings.

Great Oysters in NYC
Maison Premiere 298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY


Mermaid Oyster Bar & The Mermaid Inn

With three locations in Manhattan alone, they’re still quite good. Because they believe that “the flavor of oysters changes often based on weather, region, and method of cultivation,” they created the Oysterpedia app to help assist patrons in ordering from their ample selection.

Great Oysters in NYC
The Mermaid Inn 96 2nd Ave, New York, NY


Aqua Grill

Named ‘Best Raw Bar’ in NYC by Zagat; you only want to dine at a raw bar that’s considered to have the freshest selection in New York, like this one is. The entire menu is outstanding and it’s a place where running into celebrities like Amy Poehler isn’t uncommon.

Great Oysters in NYC
Aqua Grill 210 Spring St, New York, NY


John Dory Oyster Bar

Located inside the historic, turn-of-the-century Ace Hotel with an incredible view of the city. Chosen by Zagat for being the best oyster bar closest to the Empire State Building in 2015. It’s an authentic oyster bar with a cool, bright interior and two bars: one for drinking cocktails and another for watching them shuck your oysters while you wait.

Great Oysters in NYC
John Dory Oyster Bar 1196 Broadway, New York, NY


Grand Central Oyster Bar

The Huffpost recently named them one of the ‘Best Oyster Bars in America.’ Opening its doors in 1913, not only is it one of the oldest oyster bars in America, this place knows what  people want when it comes to bivalves, serving around 2 million annually.

Great Oysters in NYC
Grand Central Oyster Bar 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY

Story by Jessika Brown © Fashion IQ 2015

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