New York is such a massive metropolis that even if you are a native who has lived there your entire life, there is never a shortage of places to go and things to do. With every establishment that closes, five more seem to pop in its place. So whenever I go up to New York, I try remain conscious of where I go, in order to try out new places each time. That being said, there are some places about town that are just too good to pass up. These places become your regulars that you find yourself fighting the temptation to return to over and over again. And for me, one of those places is Pearl Oyster Bar.
Located on one of those fictitiously, quaint West Village Streets, the cozy, little dining room inside Pearl exists in a constant state of bustle. There is even the addition of a line filled with excited customers, that forms outside of the door before dinner service. Whenever I have gone, it has been for lunch and we’ve always been able to sneak in right before the kitchen closed in preparation for dinner service. If you want to avoid the crowds, I suggest doing the same as we’ve always been able to snag a seat and receive really friendly and attentive service from the staff.
Now on to the food. The oysters are a must, (obvi) but another dish that we can never seem to pass up is the lobster roll. Who doesn’t love lobster especially when it is served with a massive side of shoestring fries!? Last time we were in, we also ordered the shrimp cocktail and were treated by a friend of ours in the kitchen to the fried oysters app. Insanely good. In order to avoid getting a carbon copy of what we had ordered during our previous visit, we reluctantly traded in our beloved fried oyster roll for the skate sandwich special, and we weren’t disappointed! Always fresh, filling and most importantly delicious, you’ll have a hard time convincing me to forgo my lunch at Pearl Oyster Bar whenever I’m up for a visit.
Pearl Oyster Bar - 18 Cornelia St., NY, NY. - 212.691.8211