New Yorkers are blessed with an abundance of quality raw bars, piled high with fresh fish, bivalves and crustaceans plucked daily from the nearby seas. In a frighteningly expensive town, some of the most affordable edible deals can be shucked and slurped away at the city's best oyster happy hour spots. That beloved shell gets its own holiday tomorrow, and we've rounded up four more wallet-friendly ways to celebrate.
Grand Central Oyster Bar: The historic oyster temple serves a fittingly grand National Oyster Day Power Platter with eight East and West coast varieties for $21.95. Also on offer is the restaurant's pick of the month, a briny Naked Cowboy from Long Island’s Blue Island Oyster Company served with a citrus sake mignonette and salmon caviar (one for $2.95, five $12.95).
Nerai: This sophisticated Greek spot will offer oysters from its prime selection—including Malpeques, Wellfleets, Kushi Bluepoint and Manila—for just one buck each.
NYY Steak: The Yanks-rooting steakhouse hits a home run with an all-day happy hour featuring three oysters from Stony Creek, NY and three from Barnstable, MA for just $6. To sweeten the deal, vote for your favorite and be automatically entered to win two tickets to the DeltaSky360 Suite at the Yankees v. Red Sox game the following night.
Oceana: A curated pairing menu of New York state oysters and brews will be served at this Midtown seafood eatery, helmed by chef Ben Pollinger. For $15, enjoy your choice of six shells and one beer in the following combinations: Naked Cowboy with Blue Point Toasted Red Lager, Blue Whale with Coney Island Lager or Great South Bay with Greenport Harbor Black Duck Porter.