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Dollar Oyster Deals in NYC, Mapped

From happy hours to all-day deals, here’s where to go for a low-cost bivalve fix

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Since oysters are a luxury good and can fetch upwards of $4 for a loner, it’s a pleasure to find bivalves available for a dollar each — albeit mostly East Coast, often Blue Points, which can be perfectly lovely. Deals often run during off times, like early happy hours or Saturday afternoons, but some do exist at prime times. Here now, a guide to where to find dollar oysters in New York City, mapped for your slurping ease.

Note: This map was originally published in 2017 — and it strictly includes oysters for $1.

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Vinateria

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Head to this Italian-Spanish neighborhood haunt in Harlem for $1 oysters on weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m., and weekends from 3 to 5 p.m. Slurp them down with a $7 happy hour cocktail or glass from interesting, small producer-dominated wine list, preferably seated at a table on the corner restaurant’s spacious sidewalk patio. Need more sustenance than raw mollusks can provide? Snacks like polenta fries are priced at $7 a pop during happy hour, too.

Valerie

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A swanky bi-level Midtown cocktail joint and restaurant with an opulent Art Deco aesthetic, Valerie doesn’t look like the kind of place that offers anything for just a buck. But behold: $1 oysters are part of the happy hour menu here, which runs from 4 to 7 p.m. daily.

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Crave Fishbar

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Both this Midtown East and the Upper West Side locations of this hot fish bar offer $1 oysters daily from 5 to 7 p.m. The UWS also has the deal from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.

Crave Fishbar Midtown East Photo: Crave Fishbar

When struck with a raw bar craving while stuck in Midtown, consider the “Happiest Hour” deal at Peking duck restaurant DaDong, which includes oysters for just a buck each along with discounted drinks for $5 to $10 apiece, available weekdays on the pretty terrace garden from 4 to 5 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m.

The airy, whitewashed interiors of Flatiron’s Kyma makes for a cheaper, jetlag-free way to transport to Greece for a couple hours. Spend a weekday afternoon doing so while downing $1 chef’s choice oysters. which are available Mondays through Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m., during which various cocktails, wines, and sangria are marked down, too.

Bell Book & Candle

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It’s $1 oysters all day, seven days a week at Bell Book & Candle’s bar, where much of the food is supplied from its rooftop garden.

The Brazen Fox

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The Brazen Fox is not the most ideal setting to eat oysters as it can fill up with lots of bros, but its inclusion on this list is because dollar oysters are available all day, everyday.

The Loyal

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Chef John Fraser’s West Village spot offers a “Classic Hour” available Monday through Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m., which includes $1 Wayne World Gems on the half-shell alongside martini mignonette sauce.

Fish Cheeks

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Enjoy dollar oysters in a colorful, pattern-splashed setting at this creative Noho Thai option, offered seven days a week from 12 to 3:45 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

The Wayland

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Happy hour — weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. — at this Alphabet City cocktail bar includes dollar oysters, $8 cocktails, $5 beer, and $7 wine.

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Sel Rrose

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Get dollar oysters every day from 4 to 7 p.m. at this millennial pink-shrouded, fashion crowd hangout.

Belle Reve

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This Tribeca party spot offers dollar oysters by the half dozen or dozen on weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Ten Bells

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Pair excellent natural wine with dollar oysters on weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m., and weekends from 3 to 7 p.m.

Maison Premiere

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The oyster savants at Williamsburg late-night favorite Maison Premiere stock a dizzying array of the briny creatures — 30-plus varieties at any given moment, and up to 80 types each week. But there’s thankfully always the (easier, cheaper) option of grabbing whatever types are priced at just a buck apiece daily, offered at the bar and in the picturesque garden on weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A bartender behind the bar at Maison Premiere Daniel Krieger/Eater

Desnuda

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The ceviche and crudo specialists at Desnuda also serve dollar oysters (and clams) at both the Williamsburg and East Village outposts as part of happy hour offerings. However, the deal runs for longer hours at the Brooklyn offshoot, available all night long on Sundays and Mondays and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday. The Manhattan location also has $1 oysters available all night on Sundays and Mondays, and from 6 to 7 p.m. the other five nights.

Mominette

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East Coast oysters are a dollar here, anytime Sundays through Thursdays, alongside French classics — except during brunch.

The Dead Rabbit

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Match your dollar oysters with a stellar drink on weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m. on the second floor of this hot cocktail spot.

The Dead Rabbit Daniel Krieger/Eater

Grand Army

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The Mile End, Rucula, and Prime Meats vets at this Boerum Hill bar are serving dollar oysters on weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m.

Bearded Lady

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The vibes at this Prospect Heights bar are retro, and the oysters are $1 on weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m.

Fort Defiance

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It’s dollar oyster Wednesdays from 5 to 11 p.m. at this casual, all-day Red Hook staple.

Fort Defiance’s exterior Photo by by Jen Mitchell via Fort Defiance

Vinateria

Head to this Italian-Spanish neighborhood haunt in Harlem for $1 oysters on weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m., and weekends from 3 to 5 p.m. Slurp them down with a $7 happy hour cocktail or glass from interesting, small producer-dominated wine list, preferably seated at a table on the corner restaurant’s spacious sidewalk patio. Need more sustenance than raw mollusks can provide? Snacks like polenta fries are priced at $7 a pop during happy hour, too.

Valerie

A swanky bi-level Midtown cocktail joint and restaurant with an opulent Art Deco aesthetic, Valerie doesn’t look like the kind of place that offers anything for just a buck. But behold: $1 oysters are part of the happy hour menu here, which runs from 4 to 7 p.m. daily.

Liz Clayman

Crave Fishbar

Both this Midtown East and the Upper West Side locations of this hot fish bar offer $1 oysters daily from 5 to 7 p.m. The UWS also has the deal from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.

Crave Fishbar Midtown East Photo: Crave Fishbar

DaDong

When struck with a raw bar craving while stuck in Midtown, consider the “Happiest Hour” deal at Peking duck restaurant DaDong, which includes oysters for just a buck each along with discounted drinks for $5 to $10 apiece, available weekdays on the pretty terrace garden from 4 to 5 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m.

Kyma

The airy, whitewashed interiors of Flatiron’s Kyma makes for a cheaper, jetlag-free way to transport to Greece for a couple hours. Spend a weekday afternoon doing so while downing $1 chef’s choice oysters. which are available Mondays through Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m., during which various cocktails, wines, and sangria are marked down, too.

Bell Book & Candle

It’s $1 oysters all day, seven days a week at Bell Book & Candle’s bar, where much of the food is supplied from its rooftop garden.

The Brazen Fox

The Brazen Fox is not the most ideal setting to eat oysters as it can fill up with lots of bros, but its inclusion on this list is because dollar oysters are available all day, everyday.

The Loyal

Chef John Fraser’s West Village spot offers a “Classic Hour” available Monday through Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m., which includes $1 Wayne World Gems on the half-shell alongside martini mignonette sauce.

Fish Cheeks

Enjoy dollar oysters in a colorful, pattern-splashed setting at this creative Noho Thai option, offered seven days a week from 12 to 3:45 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

The Wayland

Happy hour — weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. — at this Alphabet City cocktail bar includes dollar oysters, $8 cocktails, $5 beer, and $7 wine.

The Wayland The Wayland

Sel Rrose

Get dollar oysters every day from 4 to 7 p.m. at this millennial pink-shrouded, fashion crowd hangout.

Belle Reve

This Tribeca party spot offers dollar oysters by the half dozen or dozen on weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Ten Bells

Pair excellent natural wine with dollar oysters on weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m., and weekends from 3 to 7 p.m.

Maison Premiere

The oyster savants at Williamsburg late-night favorite Maison Premiere stock a dizzying array of the briny creatures — 30-plus varieties at any given moment, and up to 80 types each week. But there’s thankfully always the (easier, cheaper) option of grabbing whatever types are priced at just a buck apiece daily, offered at the bar and in the picturesque garden on weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A bartender behind the bar at Maison Premiere Daniel Krieger/Eater

Desnuda

The ceviche and crudo specialists at Desnuda also serve dollar oysters (and clams) at both the Williamsburg and East Village outposts as part of happy hour offerings. However, the deal runs for longer hours at the Brooklyn offshoot, available all night long on Sundays and Mondays and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday. The Manhattan location also has $1 oysters available all night on Sundays and Mondays, and from 6 to 7 p.m. the other five nights.

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Mominette

East Coast oysters are a dollar here, anytime Sundays through Thursdays, alongside French classics — except during brunch.

The Dead Rabbit

Match your dollar oysters with a stellar drink on weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m. on the second floor of this hot cocktail spot.

The Dead Rabbit Daniel Krieger/Eater

Grand Army

The Mile End, Rucula, and Prime Meats vets at this Boerum Hill bar are serving dollar oysters on weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m.

Bearded Lady

The vibes at this Prospect Heights bar are retro, and the oysters are $1 on weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m.

Fort Defiance

It’s dollar oyster Wednesdays from 5 to 11 p.m. at this casual, all-day Red Hook staple.

Fort Defiance’s exterior Photo by by Jen Mitchell via Fort Defiance

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