Best Oyster Bar


Any bar can shuck a few bivalves at happy hour, but if you want real oyster expertise, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. is North Brooklyn’s safest bet. Carefully sourcing sustainable staples for every item on a menu full of thoughtful, elegant seafood dishes (like green curry mussels, fish tacos, or kelp noodle pad thai) is a labor of love for business partners Adam Geringer-Dunn and Vincent Milburn. That rings especially true for their raw-bar selection, featuring mouthwatering mollusks from both coasts, like Pacific-harvested creamy Kumamotos in their deep, rounded shells, or the big and briny East Dennis variety from Cape Cod, with hints of grapefruit and seaweed. There are also show-stoppers like live sea scallops served in the shell (if you can snag one before they sell out). Combo platters offer one way to save a few — ahem — clams; alternatively, stop in from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for $1 Noanks, a “sweet and salty staff favorite” from Connecticut. 114 Nassau Avenue, Brooklyn 11222, 718-349-0400,

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