Two truths are that everybody loves oysters (everyone cool, that is) and that oysters are generally prohibitively expensive. Unless you’re dating the shucker at Aquagrill or Blue Ribbon, oysters are a special occasion splurge or a last ditch attempt to get a date to stop texting and pay attention.
Finally, the recession is on your side! Two delightful spots have hooked happy hour up for you.
When you’re broke as fuck but still want to feel like a king, Brooklyn Fish Camp has $1 oysters and two-for-one brews (good ones, like Victory Pilsner and Sixpoint IPA) from 5-8 pm , as well as wines by the glass. Free, awesome, Old Bay-seasoned waffle chips sit on the bar and if you’re a little more flush they’ve got daily specials like peel’n’eat shrimp and a fried oyster po’boy for ten bucks that could easily feed two. A dozen of these creamy, briny Malpeques plus some cold beer and a handful of chips are filling enough to count as dinner.
If you won some cash on that scratch-off Lotto ticket you found on the subway station floor, head on over to The Ten Bells, a French, natural-wine bar, where from 5-7pm they boast $1 oysters in an Old New York-style space complete with pressed tin ceilings and exposed brick walls. Sadly, there are no beer specials here–this place is strictly wine–but for only 8 American dollars you can get a glass of the Quartz Sauvignon Blanc; perfect for oysters and one of the best Sauvignon Blancs you’ve ever tasted.
Brooklyn Fish Camp – 162 Fifth Avenue (Park Slope) Brooklyn, New York 11217 tel: 718.783.3264
The Ten Bells – 247 Broome Street, NYC