The hitmaking duo behind Upper East Side favorite the East Pole opens a big oyster bar on the border of Soho and Tribeca tonight, with food from a chef with an impressive resume.
Canal Street Oysters kicks its doors open at 380 Canal Street, at the corner of West Broadway, at 4 p.m. today as a new seafood and natural wine hangout for downtown Manhattan. It’s a project from seasoned restaurateurs Tom and Anthony Martignetti of Broome Street Hospitality, who run a number of restaurants on the UES.
Aside from a slew of oyster selections, Canal Street Oysters will also serve scallops, whelks, and Jonah crab from its raw bar, as well as Spanish mackerel tartare with jalapeño and squid, a cod banh mi, shellfish towers, salted cod fish sticks, and squid ink paella. The menu created by chef Charlene Santiago (the John Dory Oyster Bar, Reynard) focuses on sustainably sourced seafood, which here means sourcing from local suppliers like Dock to Dish and Greenpoint Fish. View the menus in full below.
The seafood will be accompanied by craft beers, classic cocktails, and a few natural wines picked by Lee Campbell, formerly the wine director for Andrew Tarlow’s restaurants.
Canal Street Oysters can fit up to 200 people, including a private room for up to 60. The dining room is centered around a limestone bar, and a checkered floor gives the space a retro feel. It’s meant to be a casual locale, where diners can grab after-work drinks and oysters as well as linger around for a full meal.
The Martignetti brothers have spent the last few years building a restaurant network further uptown, including Eastfield’s in Yorkville, and the East Pole and East Pole Fish Bar on the UES. They also run Pizza Beach on the Lower East Side, and have ventured back downtown for this new restaurant.
Canal Street Oysters is open daily from 4 p.m. to midnight. Lunch will arrive soon.