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
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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more