Best Raw Bars in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated raw bars in New York City.

Pearl Oyster Bar
Seafood · West Village · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.1

“Just get the lobster roll” say fans of this “nothing-fancy” West Village “landmark” and its “luscious” signature sandwich – though pretty much “everything’s delicious” on the classic New England seafood menu here; it doesn’t take rezzies, and the “cute” space can get “cramped” , so just “go early or expect to wait.”
upstate craft beer & oyster bar
Oyster Bar · East Village · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.2

“Oyster fans” dig this “lively” East Village hangout for its “first-rate” seafood and “revolving” craft beer list; a no-rezzie rule and “ridiculously small” dimensions can make for “long waits” , but payoffs include “on-point” service and “fair prices.”
Maison Premiere
Oyster Bar · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.3

It “really feels like the Big Easy” at this “gorgeous” Williamsburg hang offering “beautiful, plump” oysters and “serious” cocktails (including “creative” absinthe options) alongside other “delicious” seafood-focused dishes in “old New Orleans” digs; snagging a seat is “tough” , but a seasonal garden helps.
Oceana
Seafood · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

“First-class” fish is the hook at this “fancy” Rock Center seafood spot, whose “huge” , “civilized” space includes a “lively” bar and a “pleasant” patio, all overseen by an “aim-to-please” crew; “expense-account” –ready prices have many reserving it for “entertaining clients” , though the pre-theater prix fixes are a comparative “bargain.”
Blue Ribbon Sushi
Sushi · SoHo · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

“First-class” fish in “creative and classic” combos makes for “dazzling” sushi at these Japanese “go-tos” by the brothers Bromberg; you’ll also find brasserie favorites (like “surprisingly good fried chicken” ) at some locales, and while the SoHo original is more “minimalist” than the rest (minus the Hudson Eats counter), all will cost you a “chunk of change.”
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar
Sushi · Battery Park City · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

“First-class” fish in “creative and classic” combos makes for “dazzling” sushi at these Japanese “go-tos” by the brothers Bromberg; you’ll also find brasserie favorites (like “surprisingly good fried chicken” ) at some locales, and while the SoHo original is more “minimalist” than the rest (minus the Hudson Eats counter), all will cost you a “chunk of change.”
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya
Sushi · Lower East Side · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

“First-class” fish in “creative and classic” combos makes for “dazzling” sushi at these Japanese “go-tos” by the brothers Bromberg; you’ll also find brasserie favorites (like “surprisingly good fried chicken” ) at some locales, and while the SoHo original is more “minimalist” than the rest (minus the Hudson Eats counter), all will cost you a “chunk of change.”
Esca
Seafood · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

“Heaven for fish lovers” , this “classy” Hell’s Kitchen Italian from the Batali-Bastianich-Pasternack team crafts “thoughtfully prepared” seafood and “irresistible” pastas in “relaxed” surrounds; “accommodating” service, “excellent” wines and a relatively “convenient” pre-theater location further justify the “high tab.”
Lure Fishbar
Seafood · SoHo · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.1

Still “trendy” and filled with “beautiful people” , this SoHo staple wins ‘em over with “fresh seafood par excellence” and a “swank” , “yachtlike” setting tucked below street level; tabs “on the pricier side” don’t seem to dampen the “active bar scene” or “challenging” decibels.