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The best oyster happy hour spots in NYC

Here are the best eateries offering delicious deals (many with booze!) of the popular bivalves. Get slurping!

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John Dory Oyster Bar

With the summer in full swing, there’s no better time for seafood lovers to binge on oysters. But instead of splurging on bivalves for $4 each, pop out of work early for glorious $1 oyster happy hours across the five boroughs. From Upper West Side mainstay The Mermaid Inn to Williamsburg’s Maison Premiere, there are plenty of places to enjoy one of the finest things in life: cheap, quality seafood and equally well-priced cocktails. Consult our guide for 14 go-to spots to indulge on the cheap.

NYC's best oyster happy hours

Atrium Dumbo

Just down the block from the scenic Dumbo portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park lies this relative newcomer to the nabe, specializing in market-driven cuisine (and featuring a really pretty herbarium on the wall). It offers daily $1 oysters from 5:30 to 7pm and $8 cocktails (regularly 13 bucks) Mondays through Fridays. The best part? If you snag a seat near the window on the weekends, you're sure to see loads of brides and quinceañera princesses popping out of hot-pink limos on their way to take photos on the pretty waterfront.

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DUMBO

BKB

The Upper East Side outpost of Hamptons mainstay Bay Kitchen Bar offers up $1 oysters—including Blue Point, Wellfleets, Beausoleils, and Prince Edward Island varieties—and $5 glasses of Muscadet. It’s the perfect option for saving money to actually riding the Jitney this summer.

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Lenox Hill

Building on Bond

If making it to happy hour is one of the more challenging things in life, you can relax—the one at this cute Boerum Hill café runs every day from 4 to 7pm. In addition to $1 oyster specials, there are half-off draft beers, $5 house wines and a $7 cocktail of the day.

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Boerum Hill

Charlie’s Bar & Kitchen

Beneath the watchful gazes of famous Charlies (Parker, Chaplin, Brown) hanging on the walls of this Mott Haven hang, tuck into a daily 4 to 8pm happy hour that includes for-a-buck bivalves and half-off drinks at the bar. On Thursdays, there are $1 oysters all night and live music to boot.

Cull & Pistol

You know you can count on fresh seafood from the folks behind Chelsea Market's Lobster Place—and the same goes for their adjacent restaurant. All oysters are $1 Monday through Friday  4 to 6pm, and we recommend slurping them down with a Mini Mary cocktail (Tito’s vodka, tomato, A&B hot sauce and horseradish) for $6.

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Chelsea

The Dead Rabbit

At this FiDi drinking den, you can take advantage of a daily “Green Hour” deal (5 to 7pm) with delicious mollusks for $1 apiece. The throw-back bar is known for resurrecting long-forgotten quaffs, and during happy hour you can also toss back specially-priced absinthe cocktails.

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Financial District

The John Dory Oyster Bar

Going here for oysters is like going to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for chocolate—it’s a no-brainer. April Bloomfield and co. make it even no-brainier (it’s a word!) by offering a daily happy hour from 5 to 7pm (noon to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays), including $2 oysters (and clams!), plus half-off deals on Captain Lawrence Kolsch beer, on-tap sparkling wine and sherry and $5 oyster shooters. The $2 price is a little steeper than other places, but the booze deal makes it worth it. Plus, the more you drink, the less you’ll care.

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Midtown

Littleneck

Find a taste of New England in canalside Gowanus with this cozy seafood joint. The nautical spot offers $1 shuckers’ choice oysters daily from 5 to 7pm, and you can wash 'em down with $5 draft beers.

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Gramercy

L&W Oyster Co.

This new-school NoMad oyster bar will set you back $2 a pop daily from 5 to 7pm, but its vast selection and ever-changing menu mean that you won’t try the same type the next time you go back. Wash ‘em down with $5 beer, wine and oyster shooters.

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Midtown

Maison Premiere

This gorgeous, NOLA-inspired haunt brings in the crowds, and all the more so during happy hour, which happens 4 to 7pm Monday through Friday and 11am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday. We can't think of a better way to spend brunch than sampling from the salon's 30 different varieties (based on market availability) of oysters for $1 each. Oh, and that special includes all clams, too.

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Williamsburg
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4 comments
TC C
TC C

As a prideful Queens resident who has enjoyed some amazing seafood meals in The Oyster Bar this Summer, (as well as an amazing Soft Shell Crab Sandwich at Pat Randazzo's in Sheepshead Bay) I would like to temper Barbara P.'s opinion and observation about London Lennie's.


LL on Woodhaven Boulevard does offer great Happy Hour specials during the week, as well as unique things like Crawfish boils.  It is easily Queens's best seafood restaurant, but not New York City's.  The service still lags behind The Oyster Bar and John Dory's, for example.  There's a great neighborhood vibe and fine food, but it's not New York's best...just yet.

TC C
TC C

But wait!  thee's more.  

TONY has left out the Tuesday thru Thursday after work specials at The Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal's Food Court. Typically, there is an oyster prix fixe variety as well as drink specials in the Bar and Bistro areas.  


Kim T
Kim T

This information isn't 100% accurate. I went to Mermaid Inn last night because I read that "Danny Abrams's Upper West Side eatery serves up chef's choice, East Coast bivalves for $1 a pop all night Monday." However, the UWS location does not offer this deal; it's only in the East Village location. :/

Barbara P
Barbara P

$1 happy hour oysters 4-6 M-F at London Lennie's on Woodhaven Blvd. Queens.  The best seafood restaurant in NYC