These top 5 raw bars in New York are all about seafood favorites without any doo-dads or fanfare. Whether you are in the mood for oysters or shrimp cocktail, at these eateries, baby, we like it raw.
1 Pearl Oyster Bar
Take a trip to New England without having to leave Manhattan. Pearl Oyster Bar in the West Village makes you feel like you are eating straight out of a seafood shack at the Cape. The raw bar serves up seafood favorites from oysters to chilled Maine lobster.
18 Cornelia St.
2 Ed's Lobster Bar
They may be known for their lobster roll but their raw bar also has so much to offer. The trendy NoLita seafooder dishes out a variety of oysters (and oyster shooters, with lots of vodka). Sit at the long bar for the authentic New England experience.
222 Lafayette St.
3 The Mermaid Oyster Bar
Boasting some of the freshest seafood in Manhattan, the small bar-side raw bar at the Mermaid Oyster Bar (or TMOB, as we locals like to call it) is worth every minute of the wait. The oysters and clams on a half shell will make you feel like you are at sea. The trendy SoHo hangout also has a great wine list to class up your eating expedition.
79 MacDougal St.
4 Ed's Chowder House
Uptown meets upscale seafood at Ed's Chowder House. Walking into the restaurant, the interior makes you feel transported to the seaside. Their raw bar features oysters, clams, shrimp, mussels and lobster. If you want a taste of it all, we recommend ordering one of their shellfish platters.
5 Blue Ribbon
From SoHo to Park Slope, Blue Ribbon's raw bar never disappoints. Whether you want oysters, clams, crawfish or crab, everything is fresh-off-the-boat delicious. They don't take reservations, so come prepared to wait during dinner time. Their sake list is perfect for your raw bar delicacies of choice; the staff is happy to help if you aren't sure which beverage to choose.