I am certainly spoiled by the variety of fresh seafood in Manhattan. Swanky upscale and affordable options exist en mass. One of my pet peeves is paying too much for oysters. So small and delightful, they can get expensive quickly since they slide down like butter. When you have your next oyster craving, go for these $1 options.
Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar (Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue) Don’t miss the buck-a-shuck deal on 10+ types of oysters from 4-6 p.m. on weekdays. Other happy hour menu items include baked mussels ($4) and New England clam chowder ($5). Drink specials range from $4-$15 and includes beer, wine and cocktails. Conveniently located next to the Lobster Place, the seafood is top notch and swimmingly fresh. The vibe is New Hampshire but the quality and presentation is all New York. If you’re in it for the long haul, order the clambake for two ($79) with littleneck clams, a one and a half pound Maine lobster, mussels, shrimp, chorizo, corn-on-the-cob and bliss potatoes served family style in a rich shellfish broth.
The Ten Bells (247 Broome Street) Gulp down $1 oysters from open- 7 p.m. daily and add a $15 carafe of wine ( a little bigger than a bottle) to wash them down. They pride themselves on tapas style dining and a small, mostly European, wine list from boutique wineries. The watermelon feta salad is perfect for spring afternoons ($9). I absolutely love the intimate dimly lit atmosphere. If you go with a group, ask about the larger rooms in the back. Get the mixed olives ($5) to go with your oysters and if you need meat, go for the meatballs ($9). It’s a great pick for grazing or just grabbing oysters and wine before dinner.
White Oak Oyster Bar and Cocktail Lounge (818 Tenth Avenue) Hold on to your hats and run to Hell’s Kitchen for $1.50 oysters Tuesday through Saturday and $1 oysters on Sundays. Other specials include rotating beer, wines and cocktails. They like to mix up their specials like Taco Tuesdays or Wing Frenzy Fridays. The menu includes everything from Asian dumplings to bacon smoked mac-n-cheese. The truffle fries are sinfully good dripping in peppercorn aioli. The location is convenient if you’re seeing a show at City Center.