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The best spots for oyster happy hour in NYC

Your love of bivalves meets your love of cheap eats at these restaurants hosting the best oyster happy hours in NYC

By Arielle Shorr, Christina Izzo and Time Out contributors
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Even when it’s not oyster season (that’d be any month that ends in R, FYI), New Yorkers are always down for an oyster happy hour. After all, what’s a better romantic date idea than sharing sensuous oysterswith your bae at one of the city’s best seafood restaurants? The next time you’re craving something indulgent that won’t break the bank, get out to one of the best oyster happy hours in NYC. After all, the city is your oyster.

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Best oyster happy hours in NYC

Grand Army Bar
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11. Grand Army

Bars Cocktail bars Boerum Hill

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.

Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co
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12. Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co

Restaurants Seafood Greenpoint

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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Lure Fishbar
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13. Lure Fishbar

Restaurants Seafood Soho

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.

Cull and Pistol
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14. Cull & Pistol

Restaurants Seafood Chelsea

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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Pier A Harbor House
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15. Pier A Harbor House

Restaurants Seafood Battery Park

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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16. Littleneck

Restaurants Seafood Gowanus

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

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