The 10 Best Oyster Bars in Brooklyn

05/04/2012 11:22 AM |


If oysters are best eaten during the cold months, before they go to spawn from May to August, then it’s the last call for prime, East Coast oysters about now. The mouthwatering mollusks are on the menus of too many restaurants to name, but we’ve narrowed down the field to those which really specialize in the art of selecting, shucking, and serving them ice-cold. A real New York institution, the oyster bar was among the first types of eating establishments in the city – and it was one of the first street foods, too. The borough’s shores were so rife with oysters that they were often served at an all-you-can-eat price. Nowadays, freshly-shucked half-shells command a pricier sophistication, but there’s a mini-Renaissance of neo-oyster bars in Brooklyn that evoke this earlier heyday. Here are some of our favorites. Check back on Monday for a list of trusted fishmongers to buy oysters from to shuck yourself.

3 Comment

  • You can still get pretty good oysters in the summer if you know what to look for (aka non-spawning varieties). Whether these places carry them is a different story…

  • Chez Oskar in Fort Greene has a Oyster nite every Thursday extremely fresh east to west coast Oysters at a great price $2 a shuck or 12 for $18 and to top it off complimentary La Gitana Manzanilla Sherry with every half dozen Oysters ordered. Well worth the visit!!!!

  • Tonight, my wife and I went to Henry’s Public. what a waste! How did they get a good review for oysters?! The owner must be a personal friend, because it was horrible. It was a weird 75 degree night at 8pm in August, and they had the AC on full blast! (Some story about the bldg layout and the front of the house- a bar and 3 tables, being too warm)

    $16 for 6 oysters won’t bring the crowds in.

    Neither will the one-shot Jameson’s for $10.