The 11 Best Oyster Bars in NYC for a Good Shucking Time

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Because summertime means fresh seafood, outdoor happy hours, and our absolute favorite briny treat of all time — raw oysters on the half shell — we've put together this list of the best oyster bars in New York City. From no-frills seafood markets to historic floating barges, these are the oyster bars that have delicious deals for a seriously good shucking time.

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Flex Mussels oyster happy hour
Flex Mussels
Flex Mussels — West Village, Manhattan

Best for Summer Fridays

You might be surprised to find out that a restaurant known for its many riffs on mussels is actually a solid bet for oysters. Flex just launched a new $1 oyster happy hour at both the West Village and Upper East Side locations for the summer, and both restaurants offer a daily rotating selection of beauties from both East and West Coasts.

Get a glass of briny muscadet, order a few Daisy Bay oysters if they have 'em, and make any day of the week feel like a summer Friday. Be sure to check out their year-round happy-hour deals, too!

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Extra Fancy — Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Best Playlist

Some spots in Williamsburg tend to feel a bit stuffy, but that's really not the case at Extra Fancy, despite its cheeky name. It has a standard weeknight happy hour that runs Monday through Friday from 6-7 p.m. with discounted drinks and raw bar prices. However, the sleeper deal here is during the witching hour, when its late-night menu kicks in from midnight until 2:30 a.m. — that's when you should stop by for $2 oysters, try an extra fancy cocktail, and soak up the (most likely) '80s tunes.

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Mary's Fish Camp — West Village, Manhattan

Best for People-Watching

Located on gorgeous Charles Street in the West Village, Mary's Fish Camp is a tiny, casual, and totally authentic seafood restaurant that doesn't take reservations. Most of its East Coast oysters are sourced from Cape Cod and can be ordered raw on the half-shell or fried with its kick-ass signature tartar sauce. We recommend staying for the seasonal whole-fish dinner specials and people-watching, too.

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Maison Premiere — Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Most Romantic

With an aesthetic that's part old-world New York hotel lobby and part Parisian cafe of yesteryear, Maison Premiere is one of the most charming oyster bars in the city. Offering over 30 varieties of oysters daily, a full American seafood menu for lunch and dinner, and an award-winning cocktail menu with a focus on absinthe and bubbly, let's just say you can easily lose track of time here.

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Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. — Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Most Laid-Back

Part raw bar and part fresh seafood market, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. is a no-frills authentic establishment for high-quality, responsibly sourced local seafood. It offers an oyster happy hour seven days a week from 4-6 p.m., with littleneck clams and raw oysters for $1.50, $5 beers and ciders, and $6 draft wine. Whether you're looking to crack into arguably the best fresh lobster roll in the city or you're in it for the oysters exclusively, you won't be disappointed by Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.

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Grey Lady — Lower East Side, Manhattan

Best for Groups

The Grey Lady is a nickname for the fog on Nantucket, where the owners of this bar and seafood restaurant on the Lower East Side all grew up together. Like moths to a flame, unfortunately this place tends to get a bit crowded with Vineyard Vines-clad bros on weekend nights, but we recommend stopping in on a weeknight for happy hour. From Sunday to Friday, Grey Lady offers a luxurious three-hour happy hour with $1 oysters, $5 beers, and $8 glasses of wine, and on Mondays the oysters are $1 all night. It also has a killer wine list with a few sustainably grown options to choose from.

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The Mermaid Inn — East Village, Manhattan

Best for Girls' Night

The Mermaid Inn has three locations in the city, but our personal favorite is the East Village outpost. With happy hour specials daily from 5-7 p.m. — featuring $1 East Coast oysters, $5 beers, $7 wines, and $8 cocktails — this is a cute yet casual venue for catching up with your lady friends as you toss back a few bivalves and glasses of bubbly. Get there early to avoid crowds, especially in the summer.

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Grand Banks — Tribeca, Manhattan

Best City Views

Located on the historic Sherman Zwicker wooden schooner docked on Manhattan's Pier 25 along the Hudson River, Grand Banks is inspired by the floating oyster barges of Manhattan's waterfront from the 18th and 19th centuries. Whether you're hosting the in-laws or looking for an impressive oyster bar for a special occasion, the sustainably-harvested oysters, nautical cocktails, and 360-degree views here can't be beat.

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John Dory Oyster Bar — NoMad, Manhattan

Best Architecture

Located on the ground floor of the stunning Ace Hotel, John Dory is an architectural stunner, striking a nice balance between modern and classic design. The raw bar is stocked with a rotating mix of East and West Coast oysters, all of which are expertly handled and sustainably sourced, and an oyster happy hour special is offered daily from 5-7 p.m., and 12-7 p.m. on the weekend.

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Grand Army — Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

Best for a Boozy Brunch

From its stunning raw seafood towers to its generous three-hour happy hour during weeknights from 4-7 p.m. featuring $1 oysters, Grand Army is a truly charming and welcoming gem with a neighborly vibe. Imbibe Magazine named Grand Army its Cocktail Bar of the Year, and for good reason — did we mention that its current summer cocktail list is inspired by episodes of Gilmore Girls?

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Zadie's Oyster Room — East Village, Manhattan

Best for Date Night

Zadie's Oyster Room is gorgeous with its white-washed brick walls, glossy marble bar, and clean yet cozy aesthetic modeled after traditional oyster houses of the early 20th century. Zadie's offers a weeknight happy hour Monday through Friday from 5-7 p.m. with half-off select oysters, bubbly by the glass, and beer — but the real treat here is the option to order your oysters baked, broiled, steamed, fried, poached, or even pickled. Its thoughtfully composed selection of sparkling wine makes this a perfect spot to visit for date night, brunch, or a lazy summer afternoon.