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10. Five Leaves
Greenpoint's best neighborhood restaurant is a reasonably-priced cafe affair — with luscious fresh oysters. Served on the half shell with a piquant rice wine mignonette, or "flash-fried" with smoky aioli and cucumber relish, the oysters are not the sole attraction of Five Leaves, but they help reel in its antiquated nautical theme.
9. Henry Public
A tidy menu of "hamburger sandwiches," bar snacks, and oysters on the half shell makes this Boerum Hill restaurant a timeless hit. With seldom a vegetable on its menu, this is gentleman's fare, at its barest essentials, and you can wipe off that brine on your mustache after sucking down several East Coast oyster varieties.
Fried or fresh oysters every day tip off this South Park Slope's eclectic, yet classics-filled menu. Snack on these with just cocktails or house-made infusions in a fancy setting for a taste of old-Brooklyn charm.
7. Blue Ribbon Brooklyn
The third installment of the Blue Ribbon restaurant empire has kept its formula fresh by focusing on quality. Drawing the obvious connection between Japanese sushi bars and American oyster bars, it fuses the two invisibly so there's a platter of half-shells with lemon wedges to start off your fishy meal.
The Gowanus seafood shack most renowned as "that restaurant that got funded by Kickstarter" also has generous fresh oyster varieties. Both East Coast and West Coast daily oysters and, appropriately, littleneck clams are served on the half shell every day. If only they'd thought to eschew the European mignonette for plain lemons to serve them with, in keeping with its New England concept.