There’s a holiday for everything these days including our favorite slurpable mollusk! National Oyster Day 2020 falls on Wednesday, August 5 and there are so many delightful places to dine al fresco to celebrate in NYC. Don’t be shellfish! Check out this round-up of establishments offering oyster specials throughout the boroughs.
Greek hotspot, Nerai, will be specifically hosting oyster specials in honor of National Oyster Day. Guests can order $1 oysters all day starting at 11:30 am. and there’s no limit to how many you can order. Their garden patio is expansive with seating for 50; a huge space in Midtown East. The wine list is well-suited for pairing with raw bar items including 2 sparkling options by the glass: one from France and a brut from Peloponnese (a region in southern Greece). There are also 8 white wine options (6 from Greece) and two roses (one from Greece) to cleanse the palate between oysters.
Loulou's, on 8th Avenue in Chelsea, will also be extolling the virtues of the mollusk on August fifth with $1 oysters all night from 5-11 pm. This homey French bistro has 15 outdoor tables for shellfish revelers and a full menu of wine, cocktails, and other food options to enjoy. Oysters come with classic accompaniments: house-made mignonette and lemon. Try pairing with the “la vie en rose” cocktail. Smoky, herbaceous, and refreshing, this cocktail combines mezcal, bergamot, watermelon, and basil which will go perfectly with an oyster’s salinity.
The Ten Bells
The undisputed Lower East Side destination for natural wines and daily oyster happy is The Ten Bells. Regardless of the holiday, The Ten Bells offers $1 oysters and $18 carafes of wine every day from opening (5 pm Monday-Friday and 3 pm Saturday-Sunday) until 7 pm. These oenophiles are truly singing the gospel of the grape with their 20-page wine list. They have wines of every color (including orange), sulfite-free offerings, and magnums of both still and sparkling with price points for every budget. Supplement your oyster spread with cheeses, meats, and other tapas from their extensive food menu.
For family-style Thai in the Bowery, there is no better (or more beloved) place than Fish Cheeks. This neighborhood favorite brought back their oyster happy hour on July 20. Monday-Friday from noon-5 p.m. guests can order $1.50 oysters, $6 beers, $10 wine, and $11 house cocktails. Served with lemon over crushed ice, happy hour oysters make a great appetizer for all of the scrumptious and authentic Thai delicacies on the rest of the menu including the coconut crab curry and the tiger prawn karee.
St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club
St. Mazie has a cultivated yet rustic vibe in both its back garden and its streetside cafe. The back garden, draped in grapevines, is available after 6 pm during the week and all day on weekends. Either spot is ideal for the oyster happy hour from 6-8 pm. Imbibers can order a half dozen oysters with a glass of sparkling wine $16. Served with mignonette, cocktail sauce, and lemon, it’s a refreshing way to start an evening. Revelers that are looking to up the ante can try any of the 4 different absinthes available (four American and one French).
The banner for Pizzette reads “Pizza. Cocktails. Oysters.” Is there a better combo for National Oyster Day? Join them Tuesday-Friday from 4-6 pm or all day Mondays for $1 oysters with traditional accompaniments. Beat the summer heat with a frozen watermelon mint cooler or spiked hibiscus lemonade. The 10’ pizzas are made fresh with a variety of ingredients from classics like prosciutto or pesto to more adventurous options like marinated duck or littleneck clams. They’re also serving up several different plates of pasta and to-die-for desserts.
Sanfords has long been an Astoria dining staple. New York City residents can visit for $1 oysters every day of the week from 4-7 pm. They also offer $7 select whiskeys during happy hour, a bold and delicious pairing with briny blue points. Beyond the select whiskeys, their world whiskey collection is daunting in its vastness but the staff incredibly knowledgable. They’ll easily be able to guide even the most particular whiskey drinker to something new and exciting. Celebrate National Oyster Day in style by following raw $1 oysters with a half dozen oysters Rockefeller for $16.