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Pearl Oyster Bar

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Photograph: Courtesy of Pearl Oyster Bar
Pearl Oyster Bar These wispy, salty matchsticks---which arrive in a tangle next to the city's best lobster roll---are best enjoyed with a potent dose of malt vinegar. 18 Cornelia St between Bleecker and W 4th Sts (212-691-8211, pearloysterbar.com). $6.
West Village
This convivial, New England–style joint was a forerunner of the city’s fish-shack trend. The outstanding lobster roll—sweet, lemony meat laced with mayonnaise on a butter-enriched bun—is Pearl’s raison d’être, but more sophisticated dishes fare equally well: A bouillabaisse features briny lobster broth packed with mussels, cod, scallops and clams, with an aioli-smothered crouton balanced on top—a great value at $20. For dessert, try a bittersweet chocolate mousse topped with a quenelle of barely sweetened whipped cream. Finally, a restaurant worthy of its hype.
Venue name: Pearl Oyster Bar
Contact:
Address: 18 Cornelia St
New York
10014
Cross street: between Bleecker and W 4th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Fri noon–2:30pm, 6–11pm; Sat 6–11pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, V to W 4th St
Price: Average main course: $24. MC, V

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Susan B

Interesting that you state this is the city's best lobster roll because all that I see is a pile of mayonnaise.