September, 2014. Margaret Bortner for Brokelyn.
Upset because you didn’t make it to the beach? That’s your own fault and nothing we can do about it. However, while summer is drawing to a close, Brooklyn keeps it real by providing a taste of the sea with multiple $1 oyster specials. Here’s the scoop on where to go if you want to pinch pennies and still have a sexy* good time eating everyone’s favorite summer aphrodisiac.
Bedford Hall 1177 Bedford Ave. (between Putnam and Jefferson), Bed-Stuy Weekdays, 3pm – 8pm; weekends, 4pm – 8pm Type of oyster: Selection varies; currently Blue Point
Looking for somewhere to catch dollar oysters, $4 Jameson shots during happy hour (Monday – Friday, 3pm – 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 4pm – 8pm), jazz brunch, and the occasional burlesque show? Look no further than Bedford Hall!
Littleneck 288 Third Avenue (between President and Carroll), Gowanus Monday-Friday, 5pm – 7pm Type of oyster: Shucker’s choice
A slice of New England in the heart of Gowanus, Littleneck also has a full raw bar, $3 Naragansett, and offers off-site catering. Have them do your next event, or lobster roll your way over there for in-house service.
Brooklyn Crab 24 Reed Street (between Conover Street and Van Brunt Street), Red Hook Monday and Tuesday, all day Type of oyster: Oyster of the Day; almost always Barcat
Come for the oysters, stay for the mini golf! While the garden of Brooklyn Crab is no longer a miniature golf mecca, it still has eight holes to putt through before/during/after digging into those oysters. Eat and drink in the newly christened “Reed Park” backyard, play some cornhole, and enjoy ridiculously cheap, crisp and cold Naragansett Lager on tap ($3 all day Monday & Tuesday). Welcome to seafood paradise.
Cadaques 188 Grand Street (between Bedford Avenue and Driggs Avenue), Williamsburg Daily, 5pm – 7:30pm Type of oyster: Blue Point and other various catches
Cadaques’ deal is part of their daily happy hour that also features $4 beer and $2 off glasses of wine. They also feature an all-you-can-eat mussels deal on Mondays, $16 all night long. Tuesdays are Ladies’ Nights, with half price bubbly all night to go with those delicious oysters (if you’re a lady).
The Castello Plan 1213 Cortelyou Road (between Westminster Road and Argyle Road), Ditmas Park Saturday, 4pm – 8pm Type of oyster: Various; usually East Coast
In addition to The Castello Plan’s $1 oyster deal, they also boast $10 all-you-can-eat mussels on Mondays 6pm -11pm.
Lobster Joint 1073 Manhattan Avenue (between Dupont Street and Eagle Street), Greenpoint Monday – Friday, 4pm – 7pm Type of oyster: Various; usually East Coast
$1 oysters are not the only deal served up during Lobster Joint’s happy hour. You can also score $4 sliders (lobster, crab cake, or fried oyster), deals on draughts and cocktails, including $16 beer pitchers and $24 cocktail pitchers.
Mayfield 688 Franklin Avenue (between Prospect Pl. and Park Pl. ), Crown Heights Daily, 5pm. – 6:30pm and during lunch service (11am – 3pm) Type of oyster: Selection varies
Whether drinking a brewski and watching the game at the bar, or having a classy four course meal in the dining room, make sure oysters are involved. Looking for something to pair it with? House wine is $6 during happy hour, well drinks are $5 and draft beer is $4.
Miller’s Tavern 2 Hope Street (between Roebling Street and Havemeyer Street), Williamsburg Daily, 5pm – 7pm Type of oyster: Selection varies; currently Montauk Pearls
Pair your oysters with Miller’s Tavern’s selection of artisanal cheeses and a glass of wine. They also serve something called “coffee can bread.” Yes, please!
Mominette 221 Knickerbocker Avenue (between Troutman Street and Starr Street), Bushwick Monday – Friday, 4pm. – 7 pm and Saturday – Sunday, 5pm – 7pm Type of oyster: Selection varies
Enjoy the oyster special in the backyard garden of this Bushwick bistro, and then find a way to stick around for their late night $6 selected cocktails and $5 beer + shot happy hour, from midnight to 1am.
Catfish 1433 Bedford Avenue (between Prospect Pl. and Park Pl.), Crown Heights Daily, 4:30pm – 7:30pm Type of oyster: Malbecs, Blue Points, but the selection can vary
You’re already getting the oysters cheap at this New Orleans-inspired restaurant/bar, so we say put the savings towards their Vooodoo-style bloody mary which comes with shrimp and crab meat. It’s usually $12, but $2 is knocked off every drink at happy hour, so it’ll run you $10 instead. Time a seafood party!
Desnuda 221 South 1st Street (between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street), Williamsburg Sunday and Monday, all day; Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm – 8pm Type of oysters: Barcats from Virginia, Cup Cakes from Long Island
Feelin’ fancy? Well, you are in Williamsburg, but if you’re there at the right time you can take advantage of Desnuda’s oysters from the mysterious lands of Virginia. Keep in mind that there’s a one-drink minimum but you were gonna get a drink though anyway, right?
OTB 141 Broadway (between Bedford Avenue and Driggs Avenue), Williamsburg Daily, midnight – 2am Type of oysters: Varies, usually from the East Coast
OK, so this special doesn’t go down until late at night. On the other hand, if you’re on a date in Williamsburg and it’s that late at night, what could be better for the aforementioned sexy times than $1 oysters slurped down before the two of you grossly make out on the subway ride home?
Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn 256 5th Avenue (between Carroll Street and Garfield Pl.), Park Slope Tuesday – Friday, 4pm – 7pm Type of oysters: Long Island Blue Points, Prince Edward Island Malpeques
This Manhattan import fortunately leaves the Manhattan prices back where they belong (Manhattan). Beyond the $1 oysters and $5 drafts or house red or white, you can choose appetizers like dry-rubbed ribs, fish tacos and mussels during their “7 for 7″ deal.
Docklands 789 Franklin Avenue (between St. Johns Pl. and Lincoln Pl.), Crown Heights Monday and Tuesday, all day; Wednesday – Friday, 5pm – 7pm Type of oysters: Blue Point
Getting over a case of the Mondays or the Tuesdays with all-night $1 oysters seems like as good a way as any to do it, especially when combined with happy hour beer or wine priced at $3 or $7.
Maison Premiere 298 Bedford Avenue (between Grand Street and South 1st Street), Williamsburg Monday – Friday, 4pm – 7pm Type of oyster: Large variety of East Coast and West Coast
Maison Premiere also has an extensive menu of non-$1 oysters, as well as the largest collection of premium absnithes in New York City. Follow the green fairy to oyster nirvana.
*Sexy time not guaranteed.
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