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Grand Central Oyster Bar
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Grand Central Oyster Bar- A Worthy Classic

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  • scene: Under the sea, under Grand Central; Quintessential old New York
  • sip: There are some wild martinis available, as well more classic options like wine and beer
  • savor: Oysters (duh); Fried clams; Oyster Pan Roast, everything!
  • sit: By yourself; with your parents, from out of town or in town;
  • spend: $$
  • address: Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal, 89 East 42nd Street
  • phone number: (212) 490-6650
  • website: www.oysterbarny.com
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Russ & Daughters Cafe – Nothing to Kvetch About

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  • scene: Modern Diner meets old-school hospitality, with a crowd of loyals, foodies, and tourists alike
  • sip: Full-out soda fountain/bar in the front serving homemade soda blends, egg-creams, cream sodas, and tricked our Bloodies
  • savor: There's barely a way to go wrong… Smoked fish platters, Lower Sunny Side, SUPER HEEBSTER
  • sit: While the counter seats at the soda bar in the front of the restaurant caters well to both singles and duos, try to grab a high top or booth in the back with a bigger group
  • spend: $$
  • address: 127 Orchard Street, btw Rivington and Delancey
  • phone number: (212) 475-4881
  • website: http://www.russanddaughters.com
Barchetta NYC
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Barchetta- More Like Barchett-ehhhhhh

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  • scene: A little nautical, with white walls and light wood and leather; fun 70's and 60's soul playing...
  • sip: Anything! Specialty cocktails and wine, etc...
  • savor: Kingfish
  • sit: Hmmmm...friends from the neighborhood, date night, with a friend who likes to try the newest hottest places
  • spend: $$
  • address: 461 West 23rd Street
  • phone number: (212) 255-7400
  • website: www.barchettanyc.com
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ZZ’s Clam Bar-Greetings from Outer Space

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  • scene: Tiny tiny tiny tiny space from space
  • sip: Specialty cocktails and glasses of white wine only
  • savor: Defintely order all of the toasts; they are the yummiest items and not a million dollars
  • sit: Anyone who doesn't mind very expensive meals and has an appreciation for the absurd; small groups are best for the small space
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 169 Thompson Street
  • phone number: (212) 254-3000
  • website: www.zzsclambar.com
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FishTag- Ambitious and Delicious Fishes

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  • scene: Simple and clean on the UWS; in the know locals and date nighters
  • sip: Wines in any size you would want (don't tell Bloomberg)
  • savor: Prawn bruschetta; octopus; salmon
  • sit: This is a good place to take your parents; friends on the UWS; People who like to share food
  • spend: $$
  • address: 222 West 79th (between Amsterdam and B'way)
  • phone number: (212) 362-7470
  • website: www.fishtagrestaurant.com
Extra Fancy Oyster Crackers
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Getting Extra Fancy in Williamsburg

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  • scene: NOT Extra Fancy! Williamsburg locals and some recognizable NYC cool kids in the restaurant scene (the owners are from Employees Only & Macao Trading Company)
  • sip: Amazing sounding drink menu (esp the Baby, You're Driving cocktail), and tons of options for beer and wine by the glass.
  • savor: Oyster "Crackers", Fried Clam Belly Roll, Mussels, Clam Bake
  • sit: No reservations, so arrive early and be prepared to drink. Booths for two in the back were cozy, however the large bar in front had a great crowd when we left and would also be perfect to eat at
  • spend: $$
  • address: 302 Metropolitan Ave (between Driggs Ave & Roebling St), Williamsburg (North Side)
  • phone number: (347) 422-0939
  • website: http://www.extrafancybklyn.com/
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Esca- Seaside ESCApade

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  • scene: Pseudo rustic Italian seaside in the Theater District with casual elegance; touristas and well-heeled NYC'ers who make the trek
  • sip: BBBBBBBBarola; BBBBBBarbaresco
  • savor: Baked clams; Pastas; Fresh Grilled Fish
  • sit: With anyone pre-theater; with Food Network aficionados who want to see what this Batali is all about; anyone who might have to drive back to NJ after dinner, it is close to the Lincoln Tunnel
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 402 West 43rd Street (off of 10th Ave)
  • phone number: (212) 564-7272
  • website: www.esca-nyc.com
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The John Dory Oyster Bar- Ace Spot

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  • scene: Fishing in the flatiron; funky and light
  • sip: Lado Este; Sasha Petraske designed cocktails are available as well the usual boozy suspects
  • savor: Raw bar; crudo
  • sit: With friends for light bites; with a first date if you just want to pick at some dishes and not feel too heavy
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 1196 Broadway (at 29th Street)
  • phone number: (212) 792-9000
  • website: www.thejohndory.com
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Oceana- Under the Sea of Skyscrapers

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  • scene: Gorgeous grown up dining room, in airy shades of blues and whites; less formal front room with prominent raw bar display and ample room to sidle up the bar
  • sip: Specialty cocktails and wine
  • savor: Raw bar; clam chowder; lobster cobb salad; anything simply grilled; Thai fish; brussel sprouts
  • sit: For lunch, its great for a business meeting or a special occasion get-together; the location lends itself to after-work cocktails, and similar Corporate people get togethers; there is a large menu features both seafood and meat, and I am fairly confident that any Finicky Fiona could find something yummy here
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: McGraw Hill Building 1221 Sixth Avenue, enter on 49th Street between 6th and 7th
  • phone number: 212-759-5941
  • website: www.oceanarestaurant.com