oyster bar / nyc / english

DEC 10, 2008

Granted, there are a bunch of raw bars in the city that aren’t nearly as crowded and – dare I say it – touristy as this one.  It does have the advantage of being located in one of the most beautiful train stations in the world, and its selection of bivalves is astounding.

As a relatively recent oyster convert, most of the over *30 different kinds of oysters* from both Atlantic and Pacific that are available on any given day were unknown to me;  I dove right into the menu and chose 2 each of four kinds:  Moonstone XL (RI), Pemaquid XL (ME), Totten Virginica (WA), and Cuttyhunk (MA).

The two Pemaquid were probably the largest oysters I have seen in my entire life – and while I am tempted to claim that they were as ‘big as my head’, they weren’t.  Just about as big as the length of my hand.

The oysters are served on ice with plenty of lemon quarters, ketchup (eeewww), mignonette.  Fresh horseradish, black pepper & tabasco are available on the counter.

Sitting at aforementioned counter, one has a fantastic view of the shuckers, the platers, and the two dudes who prepare the various stews, chowders, and other delicious things.  It’s lively, loud, and energetic, just like The City itself.

Here’s to many, many returns!


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