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The Best Oyster Happy Hours In NYC

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The Best Oyster Happy Hours In NYC

If oysters grew on trees, we’d be planting those things 24/7. Unfortunately, they grow in the ocean - where it’s cold and dark and full of squid so large we all just call them “giant squid.” And maybe that’s why oysters are so expensive. The good news is, oysters happy hour exists. Here’s our list of the best ones in NYC, updated for Spring 2017.

The Spots

7.3
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The Deal: ½ Off Select Oysters, Sparkling Wine, & Beer

When: Monday-Friday 5-7pm

Zadie’s is pretty much what it sounds like. It’s a room, and they do oysters a bunch of different ways. There are a few other things on the menu, but don’t count on having a full dinner here. This place is good for when you’re wandering around with a friend and you need to sit down for a minute and bounce some five-year plans off each other. Come during happy hour, grab some stools, and see what kinds of oysters they have on special. Whatever you pick, pair them with half-off sparkling wine.

The Deal: $1 Oysters

When: All Night, Every Night

Technically this isn’t a happy hour (because it never ends), but you’ll still want to know about this place. Pinkerton is a wine bar in Williamsburg, and they do $1 oysters all night every night. There’s also a good amount of space indoors and some nice outdoor seating in the summertime. It might not be as cool as the nearby Four Horsemen, but you also don’t have to wear something nice for fear that someone you follow on Instagram will see you.

The Dead Rabbit

30 Water St
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The Deal: $1 Oysters

When: Daily 5-7pm

The Dead Rabbit is one of the best bars in the Financial District. Actually, it’s one of the best bars in the city. So you can expect a crowd when you go. They do excellent cocktails here, and there’s oyster happy hour every day in the second-floor “parlor” space.

Mermaid Inn

Upper West Side
570 Amsterdam Ave.
7.8
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The Deal: $1 East Coast Oysters, $5 Beers, $7 Wines, $8 Cocktails

When: Daily 5-7pm

There’s one Mermaid Inn in the East Village, a second on the Upper West Side, and third location in the West Village with a slightly smaller menu. All of them do the same oyster happy hour with some very affordable wine and beer. The UWS location is perfect for parents, the East Village one is great for a casual date night, and the oyster bar in the West Village is good for a drink with someone’s younger sibling who wants your career advice. Choose accordingly.

Black Crescent

76 Clinton St
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The Deal: $.99 North Shore Oysters, $9 Cocktails, $3 Genesee Cream Ale, $8-9 Wine

When: Daily 6-8pm

It’s hard to come across a normal bar on the Lower East Side. You know, something without a gimmick. Like couches covered in plastic. Or arcade games. Or a toilet-less bathroom where you’re just supposed to do drugs. Black Crescent has none of those things. It’s just a normal-looking room with good food and a great oyster happy hour.

Photo: Noah Devereaux

Bearded Lady

Prospect Heights
686A Washington Ave

The Deal: $1 Oysters

When: Weekdays 5-8pm

The Bearded Lady is a pretty ideal neighborhood spot. They make good drinks, there are plenty of places to sit, it looks great, and there’s a pool table in the back. Also, oyster happy hour. This is a very relaxed spot to come eat some oysters after work in Prospect Heights. Claim one of the big yellow barstools or get a little table along the wall and pair your shellfish with a tiki drink.

The Deal: $1 Oysters (With Purchase Of Beverage)

When: Daily 5-8pm

This place is part lounge and part gastropub, and it’s actually kind of a weird space. But if you want cheap oysters on the LES, is a pretty good option. It gets crowded late-night on weekends, but happy hour is over long before then, so you should have time to get in and get out without having a drink spilled on you.

8.1
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The Deal: $1 Oysters, $3-4 Beer, $5 Well Drinks, $6 Wine

When: Daily 5-6:30pm

One of our favorite restaurants in Crown Heights, Mayfield is the perfect place to stop in for an early evening snack and a drink. If you’re after more than oysters, you can also get a full dinner here - or you can just sit at the bar, watch some sports on TV, and see how many $3 beers you can get through before happy hour ends.

Terroir Tribeca

Tribeca
24 Harrison St.
8.0
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The Deal: $1.25 Select Oysters

When: Daily 4-6pm & 11pm-Close

Terroir is one of our favorite wine bars, mostly because it isn’t lame. It isn’t going to be filled with people who just got out of a matinee performance of Madame Butterfly at The Met, and you won’t feel like you have to whisper. Plus, the food is great, and they have a massive selection of wines. So stop by during either of their happy hour periods and get some wine and shellfish.

ROKC

Harlem
3452 Broadway
7.9
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The Deal: $1.50 Oysters

When: Monday-Friday 4-6pm, Saturday-Sunday 2-6pm

These people make some of our favorite cocktails in the city. Half the reason is because they look really cool, but you’ll want to drink them too. In order to do so, you should probably get some food in your stomach, and that’s where the oysters come in. They also do other things like ramen and buns, but the “o” in their name actually stands for “oysters,” so don’t feel bad if that’s all you consumer here.

Extra Fancy

Williamsburg
302 Metropolitan Ave.
7.2
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The Deal: $2 Select Oysters

When: Sun-Thurs 12am-2:30am

Keep this one in your back pocket. It isn’t the cheapest happy hour, but it might be the most fun. Say you’re stumbling around Williamsburg on a Tuesday night and you get the urge to eat something great and unexpected. Go have some midnight oysters here. They do seafood right at Extra Fancy, and there are always people to talk to at the bar.

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The Deal: $1 Blue Point Oysters

When: All Day Every Day

The Brazen Fox isn’t a place to take a date, but it is a place that always has $1 oysters. As long as you’re down with eating Blue Points, it’s a great deal. This is also one of the better places to watch sports near Union Square, so stop by the next time you want to catch a game and eat something. This place is two stories, so you should be able to find a seat, and the beer selection isn’t bad.

Belle Reve

Tribeca
305 Church St.
7.5
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The Deal: $1 Oysters

When: Monday-Friday 4-7pm

Belle Reve is a restaurant/bar in Tribeca, and it’s good for a lot of things. Late-night dining, boozy brunch, casual hangs with your co-workers, etc. This place is kind of divey, but the food is better than you expect, and there are usually some weird/fun vibes at night. All that, and they do a happy hour from 4-7pm. So if you live or work in the area, it’s good to know about Belle Reve.

The Deal: $1 Oysters

When: Daily 5:30-7pm

We aren’t really sure what to make of Seamstress (a cocktail bar/restaurant on the UES with a funky dining room that has a tree-stump table), but it is good for drinks. They have a huge cocktail list and they do cheap oysters right when they open.

7.9
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The Deal: $15 For 6 Oysters & A Beer

When: Daily 4-7pm & 11pm-1am

The Jeffrey is reliable, and we recommend it all the time for a variety of situations. It’s one of the best options for casual drinks, watching sports, or hanging outdoors on the UES, and it’s big enough for all your friends. The oyster happy hour deal also comes with a beer (and it happens twice daily). So stop by anytime, and if you happen to miss one happy hour, just drink your way to the next.

The Deal: $1 Oysters (Shucker’s Choice)

When: Monday-Friday 5-8pm

Super Power is a full-on tiki bar. Bendy straws, palm-tree wallpaper, little cocktail umbrellas - they have the works. You can even get a drink in a fishbowl. They’ll give you a few straws, but you don’t necessarily have to share. Eat some food, and you might be able to take down a few of these things. We’d recommend you start with the oysters at happy hour, which are a dollar. You won’t be able to pick the kind you get (it’s dealer’s choice), but there are worse things in life than drinking discount rum and eating good, cheap seafood.

Photo: Noah Devereaux
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The Deal: Most Oysters $1.25-$1.50

When: Monday-Friday 4-7pm, Saturday: 11am-1pm

Maison Premiere’s oyster happy hour is arguably the best in NYC. They have an incredible amount of options, and they’re all $1.25. It’s like Christmas here daily. Come early, because people are on to how good this situation is, especially when it’s nice out and you can sit in their amazing outdoor garden.

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The Deal:$1 oysters, $5 oyster shooters, discounted drinks

When: Monday-Friday, 4-7pm

The Wayland is the ultimate all-purpose bar. You can use it for first dates, after-work hangs, and rowdy Saturday night drinking. But you should also be using it for weekday happy hour, when they serve $1 oysters and have discounts on their excellent cocktails.

8.3
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The Deal: $1 Oysters

When: Daily, 5-7pm

If you’re looking to eat delicious food and hang out in the mid-50’s on the east side, there’s no better place to do it than Crave Fishbar. The menu is filled with seafood hits, but the oyster happy hour is particularly excellent as all their assorted oysters are $1.

8.2
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The Deal: $1.50 Select Oysters, $5 Beer, $6 Rose On Tap

When: Monday-Friday, 2-6pm

We love this place for lobster rolls and fish tacos, we love it for grabbing a nice piece of fish to cook at home, and we love it for oyster happy hour. You can always count on Greenpoint Fish & Lobster’s selection to be awesome, and that four-hour window means you have plenty of time to get your fill.

Lighthouse

Williamsburg
145 Borinquen Pl
8.8
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The Deal: $1 oysters, $8 Daily Cocktail, $8 Wine, $5 Beer

When: Tuesday-Sunday, until 7:30pm (closed Mondays)

Lighthouse is a place where everything seems to move at a slower pace. The vibe is incredibly laid-back, it’s never too busy, and the happy hour wine price applies to whatever bottle is open. (Go ahead and stay for dinner too - the entire menu here is awesome.)

7.2
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The Deal: $1 Oysters, $15 Carafe Of Wine

When: Weekdays 5-7pm, Weekends 3-7pm

A lower, Lower East Side staple for more than a decade now, The Ten Bells is one of those bars that’s always a good time. It has a ton of character, is filled with regulars, and has way better food than a fun wine bar in this part of town really needs to have. On top of that, they serve $1 oysters during happy hour.

8.0
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The Deal: $1.50 Oysters

When: Monday-Friday, 4-6pm

Jeffrey’s Grocery is a classic West Village neighborhood spot with an excellent raw bar and a whole lot of feel good factor. The latter is amplified during happy hour, when you can take advantage of $1.50 oysters.

St. Mazie

345 Grand St
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The Deal: $1.50 Oysters, $12 For 6 Oysters And A Glass Of Sparkling Wine, $5 Tap Wines, $4 Brooklyn Lager, $3 Miller Hi Life

When: Monday-Thursday 6-8pm, Weekends 5-7pm

St. Mazie has become one of our favorite bars in Williamsburg. It has a fun, retro vibe (without feeling kitschy), it has a highly pleasant back patio, and it has great live music most nights. Hit it during happy hour to take advantage of all of the above plus $1.50 oysters. (And if you’re still hungry afterward, you can always walk across the street to Emmy Squared.)

7.0
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The Deal: Select Oysters Starting At $1.50, Rotating Food/Drink Specials

When: All Day, Every Day

Most oyster happy hours are early, but not in Hell’s Kitchen. White Oak Oyster Bar has a $1.50 deal all day. Next time you’re leaving Terminal 5 after a show and you’re like, “What now?” you know where to go.

6.6
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The Deal: $1-$.50 Oysters

When: Daily 4-7pm

Sel Rrose is a super cool space with decent food and an excellent oyster happy hour that happens daily from 5-7pm. The oyster specials are always changing, and they have a lot of different options. If you work in the Soho/Nolita/Chinatown area, this is a great place to have in your back pocket.

8.5
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The Deal: Half-Dozen Oysters & A Beer For $12

When: Daily, 5-7pm

For quality per dollar, Upstate Oyster Bar’s $12, 6 oyster + 1 beer deal is tough to beat. On the outside, it may not seem like much, but this is where the aficionados go. Upstate gets their oysters fresh daily, and the special includes whatever is just coming in off the boat. This is the ultimate neighborhood restaurant - if you’ve never been, you are doing yourself a disservice.

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The Deal: $1.25 Blue Point Oysters, Various Food/Drink Specials

When: Monday-Wednesday 4:30-7pm, Saturday 1-5pm

For Grand Central commuters, it doesn’t get more convenient than one of the oldest, most storied restaurants in NYC. Grand Central Oyster Bar has one of the biggest daily selections of oysters anywhere in NYC. Blue Points are the only raw oyster on special, but you can definitely do worse than $1.25 for the local goods.

Tutu's

25 Bogart St.
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The Deal: $1 Blue Point Oysters (By The Dozen)

When: Daily 4-7pm

This Bushwick space has a bar, a restaurant in the front, a party time clubhouse with DJs in the back, and a killer oyster deal daily. When you’re partying in Bushwick, kick things off with oysters at Tutu’s.

7.8
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The Deal: $1.50 Select Oysters

When: Daily, 5:30-8pm

Bar Belly (formerly Leadbelly) certainly isn’t one of the best deals in town, considering their window of opportunity for discounted oysters is only 90 minutes long. However, there aren’t many arenas better for oyster shooting in NYC. We love this place. It’s the ideal post-work hang for when you don’t want to commit to a full meal. Have a drink, eat some oysters, look at pretty people, and listen to some live music, which they feature frequently.

Desnuda

East Village
122 E. 7th St.
7.0
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The Deal: $1 Oysters

When: Daily, 6-8pm (and All Day Sunday & Monday)

Desnuda is one of those constantly overlooked restaurants that deserves some love. They also smoke oysters with a gravity bong, which is not part of the deal, but definitely something you should consider partaking in.

The Deal: $1 Oysters

When: Weekdays, 5-7pm

If you work or live near downtown Brooklyn, Grand Army’s oyster and cocktail situation needs to be on your radar. The drinks are good, and their food focus is raw bar. They serve $1 oysters Monday-Friday, so go hang and take a load off.

7.8
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The Deal: $2 Oysters & Clams, Drink Specials

When: Monday-Friday 5-7pm, Weekends 12-7pm

There aren’t many pleasurable things in the Penn Station/Herald Square nexus from hell, so The John Dory Oyster Bar is a glorious escape from the reality of a couple blocks north. Whether you’re fleeing that area or work in Nomad/Flatiron, The John Dory is our favorite place to hang out in this part of town. They may not have the cheapest oyster deal, at $2 a pop, but they also offer more than just Blue Points.

Catfish

Crown Heights
1433 Bedford Ave

The Deal: $1 Oysters (by the half or full dozen), $2 Off Drinks

When: Daily, 4:30-7:30

Over in Crown Heights, Catfish is a little slice of New Orleans: cajun food, strong cocktails, a comfortable space, and good vibes all around. If you haven’t made your way there yet, their oyster happy hour - which lasts three hours every day and features a rotating selection - is an especially good time to do it.

7.0
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The Deal: $1 Oysters

When: All Day Tuesday & Wednesday

This rickety, beach-themed, indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant looks like it belongs on a boardwalk, in the sand, or on a dock. Mondays and Tuesdays are great days to head to Red Hook, eat a bucket of crabs, and chow down on $1 oysters. Maybe play in the sand or shoot a round of mini golf while you’re at it.

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