One of life’s greatest indulgences is kicking back with a platter of oysters on the half shell and a cold beer or cocktail. Thankfully, we live in a city packed with excellent oyster happy hours, raw bars, and seafood towers.
These days, it’s de rigeur for any hot new restaurant to have at least a few varieties of raw oysters on the menu, if not a whole gleaming raw bar at the ready. Still, we’ve got our go-to places when it’s time to tip some shells—from a hole-in-the wall East Village oyster bar with local beers on draught, to a New Orleans-inspired den of absinthe and fresh seafood in Williamsburg.
Here are our picks for the best places to eat oysters and other raw-bar specialties NYC.