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15 Stellar Spots for Raw Bar in NYC

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The splendor of a raw bar tower isn’t an everyday (or even every month) sort of experience for most, but it’s one of the best, undeniably luxurious-feeling ways to eat seafood. These New York City restaurants are doing it up really right, from various New England-style fish shacks to an iconic Soho brasserie, to the dining offshoot of an excellent fish market in Chelsea. Ahead, 15 top-notch picks for a raw bar feast.

Note: This map is an updated version of one originally published in 2018.

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1. ROKC

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3452 Broadway
New York, NY 10031

The name of this Hamilton Heights joint from Angel’s Share alums Shigefumi Kabashima and Tetsuo Hasegaw stands for ramen, oysters, kitchen, and cocktails, which describes the menu’s scope. As for the oysters, there are seven varieties to choose from, as well as raw clams.  The Tokyo-inspired cocktail menu was crafted by co-bartender Joji Watanabe, a vet of the Experimental Cocktail Club.

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2. The Mermaid Inn

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570 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(212) 799-7400
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This nautical seafood spot serves a raw bar menu that includes a well-priced $72 Grand Platter, complete with oysters, clams, tuna crudo, shrimp cocktail, and half a chilled lobster. The Baby Grand Platter is less than half the price and comes with the former three items. A la carte options for all of the platter components are available, too, to mix and match with seafood-focused small plates and entrees, such as seared calamari, roasted skate, and crab cakes. It’s a solid date-night choice, and there’s substantial sidewalk seating. Other locations exist in the East and Greenwich Villages, and there’s a daily happy hour with $1.25 oysters and $8.50 cocktails.

3. Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

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89 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017
(212) 490-6650
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This NYC icon has been serving up fresh seafood in a memorable space since 1913, and remains one of the best places to eat in Midtown East. On the raw bar end, there’s a $37.55 shellfish platter, with eight oysters, two clams, two jumbo shrimp, and three mussel; take it up a notch by adding lobster, priced at $53.05 for half or $68.55 for the whole crustacean. Or, select from nearly two dozen types of oysters available a la carte, plus littleneck, top neck, and cherrystone clams. The subterranean space inside Grand Central Terminal is nestled under a soaring arched and tiled ceiling, and the environs, complete with massive U-shaped counter seating perfect for dining solo, is so special that the restaurant nabbed the Design Icon Award at at the James Beard Awards in 2017.

Grand Central Oyster Bar
Grand Central Oyster Bar
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4. The NoMad Restaurant

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1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001
(212) 796-1500
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The grand plateau at this plush American restaurant from Daniel Humm and Will Guidara might sound like a classic raw bar presentation, but don’t expect the standard breadth of seafood served raw and on various tiers. Instead, a couple of creative crudo, ceviche, or tartare creations arrive on ice, which might feature scallop, hamachi, oyster, or sea urchin.

5. Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar

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75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(646) 568-1223
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This Chelsea spot is the restaurant offshoot of fishmonger the Lobster Place in Chelsea Market, which equates to extremely fresh shellfish including clams, oysters, scallops, crab claws, and shrimp. The space is snug and modern, with the raw bar selection prominently displayed on ice, and lots of two-tops and barstool seating.

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Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar
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6. Mary's Fish Camp

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2626, 64, Charles St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 486-2185
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This pint-sized space has been serving up well-received seafood since 2000. Mary Redding, a partner at nearby Pearl Oyster bar — another excellent option for raw bar — opened up the charming West Village seafood joint. One of the city’s topnotch places for finding a New England fish shack feel in NYC, the raw bar menu changes often with options displayed on a chalkboard. Complement raw seafood with a memorable fresh sardine banh mi, a grilled shrimp burger spiked with sambal lime aioli and daikon slaw, and a fried clam roll spiffed up with celery root remoulade. Long waits are common at dinnertime, so opt for lunch or brunch.

7. Jeffrey's Grocery

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172 Waverly Pl
New York, NY 10014
(646) 398-7630
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A mainstay in restaurateur Gabriel Stulman’s roster of charming West Village neighborhood spots, Jeffrey’s Grocery has a solid raw bar selection incorporated into the menu. Le Royale includes a dozen oysters; six clams, oysters, shrimp each; half a lobster; half a pound of king crab legs; and marinated mussels, all for $100. A larger version, dubbed Le Jeffrey, offers larger portions of the above, plus a crudo and diver scallop for $135.

Jeffrey’s Grocery
Jeffrey’s Grocery
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8. Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.

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114 Nassau Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 349-0400
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This raw bar-seafood market mashup in Greenpoint carries super-fresh raw oysters, scallops, sea urchin, and crudos. Cooked options include fish chowder, fish tacos, lobster rolls, and more. The white-tiled space with a marble bar feels clean and airy, with hi-tops and bar seats, the latter of which afford prime views of the shucking in action. Oyster happy hour goes down seven days a week (with a shorter timeframe on weekends), with certain oysters and clams priced at $1.50 apiece, plus beer and wine deals.

Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.
Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.
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9. Balthazar

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80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-1414
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This Keith McNally institution opened in 1997 and has had a considerable impact on the city’s dining landscape. The sprawling French brasserie is filled with his signature massive distressed mirrors, dark wood, and red banquettes. It’s a uniformly excellent menu, but the two plateau options, sporting tiers of impeccable shellfish, are available for $120 or $170. It’ll taste even better when eaten as a leisurely weekday meal.

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Balthazar
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10. Grand Banks

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Hudson River Park Pier 25
New York, NY 10013
(212) 660-6312
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This spiffy Sherman Zwicker sailboat docked seasonally on Tribeca’s Pier 25 is decked out in white- and yellow-striped awnings and truly lovely views, particularly on the south side of the boat. Choose from over half a dozen oyster varieties, plus sea bream ceviche and cooked options like a lobster roll or caviar-topped latke. Beyond the jaunty Tribeca vessel, the Grand Banks team opened up two more seafood-centric establishments in 2017: Pilot, an oyster joint housed on a boat near Brooklyn Bridge Park, and an expansive raw bar restaurant on Governor’s Island, dubbed Island Oyster.

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11. Maison Premiere

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298 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(347) 335-0446
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Known for its oyster selection, this handsome and acclaimed cocktail bar serves up renowned raw bar assortments. Three plateau sizes are offered: La Petite Maison is $72, La Maison is $98, and La Grande is $195, and include various combinations of oysters, lobster, crab, shrimp, and clams, with additional treats like scallop and sea urchin on the larger two sizes.

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Maison Premiere
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12. Walter's

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166 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 488-7800
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This neighborhood joint offers a tightly edited raw bar selection, with oysters, clams, and shrimp cocktail available a la carte, and two platters to choose from. The $100 Frazier option is a chef’s assortment, while the smaller Whitman version includes oysters, clams, and shrimp cocktail for $55. Plus, in the back of Walter’s is modern Japanese izakaya Karasu, which also serves raw dishes like oysters served with umeboshi mignonette and yuzu kosho mignonette, or raw lobster and scallop dressed with lemon oil and yuzu kosho.

13. Grand Army

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336 State St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 643-1503
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The focus is placed equally on cocktails and raw bar delicacies at this Boerum Hill corner place, created by an experienced team (Mile End, Black Seed, Rucola). The raw bar offerings include The Plaza platter, priced at $90, which comes with 18 oysters plus shrimp, clams, and ceviche, while The Grand Army option for $120 includes 24 oysters along with shrimp, clams, ceviche, and king crab leg; either should definitely be paired with one of the top-notch cocktails or a glass of orange wine. This spot is also known for its accoutrements, which are all made in-house and served in colorful tinctures.

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Grand Army
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14. Littleneck

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288 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 522-1921
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At this stylish seafood spot in Gowanus, expect gussied-up takes on Northeastern (and beyond) clam-shack classics. The raw bar menu is pretty affordable for the genre, and includes a lavish tower for $125, with 24 oysters, a dozen clams, six shrimp, half of a chilled lobster, and salmon crudo; smaller versions go for $75 or $40. Besides full-fledged fish feasts, this is a great option for a drink and some oysters post-work, too. There’s a cafe offshoot in Greenpoint, too. Note: cash only.

Littleneck
Littleneck
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15. Randazzo's Clam Bar

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2017 Emmons Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11235
(718) 615-0010
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Opened in 1932, this family-run Sheepshead Bay old-timer is one of the city’s more memorable seafood experiences. While the Littleneck or Cherry Stone bivalves are available baked and steamed, order them up raw for the freshest version of the place’s namesake shellfish type. Also popular: the fried calamari, an order of which tends to appear on most tables.

Randazzo’s Clam Bar
Randazzo’s Clam Bar
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1. ROKC

3452 Broadway, New York, NY 10031
ROKC
ROKC
ROKC [Official]

The name of this Hamilton Heights joint from Angel’s Share alums Shigefumi Kabashima and Tetsuo Hasegaw stands for ramen, oysters, kitchen, and cocktails, which describes the menu’s scope. As for the oysters, there are seven varieties to choose from, as well as raw clams.  The Tokyo-inspired cocktail menu was crafted by co-bartender Joji Watanabe, a vet of the Experimental Cocktail Club.

3452 Broadway
New York, NY 10031

2. The Mermaid Inn

570 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

This nautical seafood spot serves a raw bar menu that includes a well-priced $72 Grand Platter, complete with oysters, clams, tuna crudo, shrimp cocktail, and half a chilled lobster. The Baby Grand Platter is less than half the price and comes with the former three items. A la carte options for all of the platter components are available, too, to mix and match with seafood-focused small plates and entrees, such as seared calamari, roasted skate, and crab cakes. It’s a solid date-night choice, and there’s substantial sidewalk seating. Other locations exist in the East and Greenwich Villages, and there’s a daily happy hour with $1.25 oysters and $8.50 cocktails.

570 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

3. Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
Grand Central Oyster Bar
Grand Central Oyster Bar
Nick Solares/Eater

This NYC icon has been serving up fresh seafood in a memorable space since 1913, and remains one of the best places to eat in Midtown East. On the raw bar end, there’s a $37.55 shellfish platter, with eight oysters, two clams, two jumbo shrimp, and three mussel; take it up a notch by adding lobster, priced at $53.05 for half or $68.55 for the whole crustacean. Or, select from nearly two dozen types of oysters available a la carte, plus littleneck, top neck, and cherrystone clams. The subterranean space inside Grand Central Terminal is nestled under a soaring arched and tiled ceiling, and the environs, complete with massive U-shaped counter seating perfect for dining solo, is so special that the restaurant nabbed the Design Icon Award at at the James Beard Awards in 2017.

89 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017

4. The NoMad Restaurant

1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

The grand plateau at this plush American restaurant from Daniel Humm and Will Guidara might sound like a classic raw bar presentation, but don’t expect the standard breadth of seafood served raw and on various tiers. Instead, a couple of creative crudo, ceviche, or tartare creations arrive on ice, which might feature scallop, hamachi, oyster, or sea urchin.

1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001

5. Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar
Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar
Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar [Official]

This Chelsea spot is the restaurant offshoot of fishmonger the Lobster Place in Chelsea Market, which equates to extremely fresh shellfish including clams, oysters, scallops, crab claws, and shrimp. The space is snug and modern, with the raw bar selection prominently displayed on ice, and lots of two-tops and barstool seating.

75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011

6. Mary's Fish Camp

2626, 64, Charles St, New York, NY 10014

This pint-sized space has been serving up well-received seafood since 2000. Mary Redding, a partner at nearby Pearl Oyster bar — another excellent option for raw bar — opened up the charming West Village seafood joint. One of the city’s topnotch places for finding a New England fish shack feel in NYC, the raw bar menu changes often with options displayed on a chalkboard. Complement raw seafood with a memorable fresh sardine banh mi, a grilled shrimp burger spiked with sambal lime aioli and daikon slaw, and a fried clam roll spiffed up with celery root remoulade. Long waits are common at dinnertime, so opt for lunch or brunch.

2626, 64, Charles St
New York, NY 10014

7. Jeffrey's Grocery

172 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014
Jeffrey’s Grocery
Jeffrey’s Grocery
Jeffrey’s Grocery [Official]

A mainstay in restaurateur Gabriel Stulman’s roster of charming West Village neighborhood spots, Jeffrey’s Grocery has a solid raw bar selection incorporated into the menu. Le Royale includes a dozen oysters; six clams, oysters, shrimp each; half a lobster; half a pound of king crab legs; and marinated mussels, all for $100. A larger version, dubbed Le Jeffrey, offers larger portions of the above, plus a crudo and diver scallop for $135.

172 Waverly Pl
New York, NY 10014

8. Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.

114 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.
Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.
Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. [Official]

This raw bar-seafood market mashup in Greenpoint carries super-fresh raw oysters, scallops, sea urchin, and crudos. Cooked options include fish chowder, fish tacos, lobster rolls, and more. The white-tiled space with a marble bar feels clean and airy, with hi-tops and bar seats, the latter of which afford prime views of the shucking in action. Oyster happy hour goes down seven days a week (with a shorter timeframe on weekends), with certain oysters and clams priced at $1.50 apiece, plus beer and wine deals.

114 Nassau Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

9. Balthazar

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Balthazar
Balthazar
Balthazar [Official]

This Keith McNally institution opened in 1997 and has had a considerable impact on the city’s dining landscape. The sprawling French brasserie is filled with his signature massive distressed mirrors, dark wood, and red banquettes. It’s a uniformly excellent menu, but the two plateau options, sporting tiers of impeccable shellfish, are available for $120 or $170. It’ll taste even better when eaten as a leisurely weekday meal.

80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

10. Grand Banks

Hudson River Park Pier 25, New York, NY 10013
Dozens of people are seated at tables and chairs on the hull of a boat
Grand Banks
Doug Lyle Thompson via Grand Banks

This spiffy Sherman Zwicker sailboat docked seasonally on Tribeca’s Pier 25 is decked out in white- and yellow-striped awnings and truly lovely views, particularly on the south side of the boat. Choose from over half a dozen oyster varieties, plus sea bream ceviche and cooked options like a lobster roll or caviar-topped latke. Beyond the jaunty Tribeca vessel, the Grand Banks team opened up two more seafood-centric establishments in 2017: Pilot, an oyster joint housed on a boat near Brooklyn Bridge Park, and an expansive raw bar restaurant on Governor’s Island, dubbed Island Oyster.

Hudson River Park Pier 25
New York, NY 10013

11. Maison Premiere

298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
A bartender behind the bar at Maison Premiere
Maison Premiere
Daniel Krieger/Eater

Known for its oyster selection, this handsome and acclaimed cocktail bar serves up renowned raw bar assortments. Three plateau sizes are offered: La Petite Maison is $72, La Maison is $98, and La Grande is $195, and include various combinations of oysters, lobster, crab, shrimp, and clams, with additional treats like scallop and sea urchin on the larger two sizes.

298 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

12. Walter's

166 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

This neighborhood joint offers a tightly edited raw bar selection, with oysters, clams, and shrimp cocktail available a la carte, and two platters to choose from. The $100 Frazier option is a chef’s assortment, while the smaller Whitman version includes oysters, clams, and shrimp cocktail for $55. Plus, in the back of Walter’s is modern Japanese izakaya Karasu, which also serves raw dishes like oysters served with umeboshi mignonette and yuzu kosho mignonette, or raw lobster and scallop dressed with lemon oil and yuzu kosho.

166 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

13. Grand Army

336 State St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Grand Army
Grand Army
Grand Army [Official]

The focus is placed equally on cocktails and raw bar delicacies at this Boerum Hill corner place, created by an experienced team (Mile End, Black Seed, Rucola). The raw bar offerings include The Plaza platter, priced at $90, which comes with 18 oysters plus shrimp, clams, and ceviche, while The Grand Army option for $120 includes 24 oysters along with shrimp, clams, ceviche, and king crab leg; either should definitely be paired with one of the top-notch cocktails or a glass of orange wine. This spot is also known for its accoutrements, which are all made in-house and served in colorful tinctures.

336 State St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

14. Littleneck

288 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Littleneck
Littleneck
Littleneck [Official]

At this stylish seafood spot in Gowanus, expect gussied-up takes on Northeastern (and beyond) clam-shack classics. The raw bar menu is pretty affordable for the genre, and includes a lavish tower for $125, with 24 oysters, a dozen clams, six shrimp, half of a chilled lobster, and salmon crudo; smaller versions go for $75 or $40. Besides full-fledged fish feasts, this is a great option for a drink and some oysters post-work, too. There’s a cafe offshoot in Greenpoint, too. Note: cash only.

288 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

15. Randazzo's Clam Bar

2017 Emmons Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235
Randazzo’s Clam Bar
Randazzo’s Clam Bar
Robert Sietsema/Eater

Opened in 1932, this family-run Sheepshead Bay old-timer is one of the city’s more memorable seafood experiences. While the Littleneck or Cherry Stone bivalves are available baked and steamed, order them up raw for the freshest version of the place’s namesake shellfish type. Also popular: the fried calamari, an order of which tends to appear on most tables.

2017 Emmons Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11235

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