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The best oyster happy hour NYC has to offer

Find delicious deals on popular bivalves at the best oyster happy hour restaurants and bars in New York City

Photograph: Courtesy Krista Schlueter
The Wayland

What better way to celebrate oyster season (that’s every month without an R, by the way) than with an oyster happy hour? NYC has plenty of top-notch happy hours offering discount bivalves at seafood restaurants like Upper West Side mainstay the Mermaid Inn and Williamsburg favorite Maison Premiere. Whether you’re a slurp savant or are simply on the look out for some cheap eats in NYC, these are the best oyster happy hour restaurants and bars in town.

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NYC’s best oyster happy hours

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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
2

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
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The Mermaid Inn

This longtime fish shack has stood the test of time—it remains one of our go-tos for oyster happy hour. Danny Abrams's Upper West Side eatery (which also has locations in the East Village and West Village) serves up chef's choice, East Coast bivalves for $1 a pop every night between 5pm and 7pm. You can also score some fried oysters for $3.50.

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East Village
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Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

At the legendary 96 -year-old Grand Central Oyster Bar, located in the epic and gorgeous hub that shares its name, play it classic with a reliably awe-inspiring platter of iced, just-shucked oysters (there can be a whopping three-dozen varieties to choose from at any given time, from Baja to Plymouth Rock). From Monday through Wednesday from 4:30pm to 7pm and Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm, you can enjoy Blue Points for just $1.25 each, as well as five-dollar beers.

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Midtown East
5

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
6

Grand Army

This Boerum Hill cocktail bar is full of picture-ready curiosities, from the Technicolor prints on the walls to the twee mignonette-filled eye droppers (salty ponzu, fiery jerk) that accompany the impressive selection of shucked-to-order oysters. You can get the tavern's beautiful bivalve for one dollar each on weekdays from 5pm to 7pm.

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Boerum Hill
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Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co

After music-industry pal Adam Geringer-Dunn noticed a plethora of butchers but zero fish shops in the nabe, the pair began hosting pop-up lobster bakes. Now they’ve ventured into purveying, sourcing only seasonal and sustainable—and sometimes local—catch like wild Alaskan salmon and Arctic char at a retail counter. On weekdays between 2pm and 6pm, take advantage of dollar oysters and littlenecks and wash ’em down with five-buck beers.

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Greenpoint
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Lure Fishbar

Two-for-one oysters are the name of the game at this subterranean Soho restaurant: Get 12 for $6, 24 for $12 or 36 for $18, along with discounted house cocktails and $6 select drafts from Monday through Friday from 5pm to 7pm.

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Soho
9

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
10

Pier A Harbor House

This three-tier waterfront bar at the very southern tip of Manhattan has more than just a great view. The 1886 special will get you eight oysters and a pint of Guinness or Long Hall Lager for just $18.86 from 4 to 6pm.

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6 comments
Mark A
Mark A

Having lived in FL for so long I was a HUGE fan of oysters and to be honest while looking for my http://www.corcoran.com/nyc home I was looking for spots that had to best oysters in NY so I can be a stones thrown away and by far The Dead Rabbit has some of the best ones!

Michelle H
Michelle H

$1 oysters at Sagaponack Restaurant NYC in Flatiron during happy hour M-F 4pm to 7pm. Really amazing oysters!! Also 50% off draft beers & wine. Best deal ever.

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