Pearl Oyster Bar

Restaurants, Seafood West Village
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Pearl Oyster Bar
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, $6.
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
Address: 18 Cornelia St
New York
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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Evelyn D

I remember the clam chowder being better than the lobster roll here. It's a solid lobster roll but not the best I've had, and it comes with true shoestring (super thin) fries. Very small venue and my friend and I had to eat smushed up against the wall on stools. Ok choice if you're in the area but not really worth going out of your way for.

Susan B

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