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Cull & Pistol

Restaurants, Seafood Chelsea
4 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
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Cull & Pistol
Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Tucked in the back of the seafood section at Chelsea Market, this cozy nook nods to two types of lobsters: a cull lobster, which has only one claw, and a pistol lobster, which has no claws. Name notwithstanding, patrons of Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar, a sister venue to the next-door Lobster Place, need not worry about there being enough crustacean meat to go around here as well.

Diners tuck into heaping platters of seafood at snug, wooden tables in the narrow-but-warm single-aisle dining room. With a handful of Edison-style lightbulbs strung over the bar and candles behind the expansive bench, decoration here is minimal, promising not to distract your appetite. Food is the star of the operation.

The raw-bar menu—which comes with a golf pencil for customers to indicate the number of each per-item order they want—includes a dozen types of succulent oysters and clams, flavorful and sizable Jonah crab claws that seem a bargain at $3 a pop, and a variety of towers that include different combinations and quantities of offerings.

Highlights of the well-executed dinner menu include an inventive shrimp-shitake toast appetizer ($9), which layers meat and mushroom with fiery red chili, fresh scallion and lemon in a garlic aioli atop soft-yet-crusty ciabatta; and a seared sea scallop number ($27), which plates five of the tender medallions, brushed with a savory lobster-broth reduction, on a bed of maitake mushrooms, Swiss chard and sweet-potato puree. But the clear pièce de résistance is the one-and-a-half pound North Atlantic lobster ($30), which is either prepared grilled with tarragon butter or steamed and served with drawn butter.

A selection of wine, beer and cocktails rounds out the grub—along with a singular dessert offering of a key lime tart. It's the perfect end to a spread of simple-yet-solid fare, leaving you feeling like you've found a tiny pearl in the sea of garden-variety oyster bars. 


Address: Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Ave
New York
Cross street: at 15th St
Transport: Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave
Price: Average entrée: $20
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 11:30am–3:30pm, 5–10pm; Sun 11:30am–4pm, 5:30–9pm; Mon–Fri 4–6pm
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5 out of 5 stars

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If I could, I'd give this place 3.5 because nothing is that memorable, but it's not a bad place to go by any means! 

They have solid seafood and it's perfect for a quick meal in Chelsea--I just prefer Los Tacos over everything in Chelsea Market, so I may be biased.

Where do I start! My girlfriend and I went to Chelsea Market for a Friday night date night at Cull & Pistol oyster bar. The visit here was absolutely fantastic. The wait staff were definitely wonderful and helpful in regards to holding our reservation while we were late and accommodating us. 

Let's talk about the amazing $1 oyster happy hour. There were at least eight different types of oysters on the menu, which we were able to mix and match. The oysters are super fresh (straight out of the ocean) and tasty. I must say these are the best oysters I've had in NYC. 

I ordered the lobster roll with fries and Clam Chowder. I was blown away by the flavors complex, the broth thin and creamy of the Clam Chowder.  This was one of many highlights of the night.  The sauvignon blanc by the glass was pleasant enough.

Overall my experience at Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar was a great one. The place is pricey but worth every single penny you'll spend! The wait time is definitely long but I would highly recommend making a reservation way ahead of time. I definitely will be back again.