I’m an oyster lover. Can’t get enough of those briny bivalves.
So when a girlfriend suggested that we get together at Wild Edibles Oyster Bar, I was game. Wild Edibles is a seafood purveyor that has a stand in Grand Central Station and its own small restaurant in Midtown East. It carries incredibly fresh fish and offers a sustainability guide so you can see how sustainable the fish is that you are buying or eating. I haven’t ever bought fish from them, but have often ogled the goods in Grand Central Station.
The restaurant is tiny, with a small bar and a few tables. It is definitely casual and extremely focused on seafood. If you don’t like fish or shellfish, don’t eat here.
But if you do…prepare to be amazed. You can choose from a variety of menu items, specials, or even just choose a fresh fish from the market case and design your own spices and marinades for it!
Kumamoto – small, sweet, creamy. A great beginner oyster.
Skookum – like the Kumamoto, but with more body and richness.
Salt Aire – Large, briny, pleasantly metallic. An oyster for oyster lovers.
Beau Soleil – a classic oystery flavor. Mild, briny, with a very “oceanic” taste
Blue Point – Incredibly fresh and mineral-y. Full of body with a plump texture – one of my favorites of the night.
Canada Cup – Juicy and meaty, with a very tart, briny finish. Delicious with some cocktail sauce and a slice of buttered bread to cut through the salt of it.
These oysters were around $2.25 each – not cheap, but absolutely worth it. So fresh, so delicious, so unpretentious. And every day there is a happy hour, where oysters are only a dollar. Great service, great food, and at those happy hour prices, I will definitely be back for more of those marvelous mollusks.