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5. Prime Meats
The handsome, German-affected restaurant in Carroll Gardens has similarly well-dressed oysters: a cocktail sauce that isn't too sweet, freshly grated horseradish, lemon and mignonette, all arranged on an ice bed. Not that the oysters themselves, clean and fresh, and of limited seasonal variety, need much help.
This classic steak and oyster bar on Vanderbilt Ave. does it the old-fashioned way: inexpensive and plentiful oysters. There's a $1 happy hour every day for local Blue Points; in addition, a daily selection of 4-5 other varieties is split into two categories: West Coast and East Coast. There's no reason not to taste them all to decide on your favorites.
3. Walter Foods & Walter's
Walter Foods brought class to Williamsburg's not-so-Grand Street, and followed it with a slightly more expansive rendition of the New York restaurant of a certain era in Fort Greene with Walter's. The sister restaurants both have fresh, fresh oysters of interesting variety, but Walter's has raw seafood platters with chef's selections named for famed Walters, such as The Whitman.
2. Maison Premiere
If oysters are what you seek, here you shall find them. The quivering little pods of silver jelly are its raison d'être, if not its uber-precious mystique. With an endless selection of oysters, absinthes, spirits, chilled crustaceans, and meticulously dated decor, Maison Premiere is more like an oyster bar funhouse that you ride through, rather than a neighborhood restaurant where you become part of the scene.
1. Marlow & Sons
Sorry, everyone else, but this place kind of nailed the whole pre-Industrial Brooklyn oyster bar nostalgia thing first. And it's still doing it just right. Focusing on fresh, East Coast oysters of several varieties (from Rhode Island's Rome Points to Virginia's Sting Rays), here you can get your oyster education without even trying. Similarly, the cozy restaurant boasts a vast selection American artisanal cheeses, wines and beers, and seasonal dishes every day.