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Pearl Oyster Bar

18 Cornelia St, Frnt 2, New York City, NY 10014-4138 (Manhattan)
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Ranked #50 of 11,650 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Neighborhood: Manhattan
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Orizaba, Mexico
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28 reviews 28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I love this place, from the small spaces to the "no cellphone calls" policy. Really, if you use your phone inside they ask you to turn it off so the clients can have a relaxed meal. Try to get there at 5:50pm so when they open at 6pm you can get a table, if you get there later than 6pm... More

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10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is a much better alternative to the oyster bar in grand central station. Sure, the lobster rolls are expensive, but they are overflowing with sweet delicious meat. They are easily sharable. Been going here since it opened and have never found a place that can compare!

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Franklin, Tennessee
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196 reviews 196 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

After walking the High Line Trail in the city, we walked to this place that I had read about before and as a family, we were very satisfied - we had lobster rolls that came with string French fries and the serving was huge - actually too much for 2 of our group, so I finished theirs - whew -... More

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Belle Mead
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

This is our second visit to Pearl, and the food remains outstanding. Notwithstanding its name, this is not the place to go to for oysters. The main attraction is the lobster roll, with big chunks of lobster in an appropriately understated dressing. The shoestring fries are among the best fries you can find anywhere - with just the right touch... More

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Roanoke, VA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

My wife and I arrived at 11:30 to find Pearl's didn't open until noon. We strolled around the block for a glass of wine and an appetizer at Gallo Nero (which was actually very, very good) and almost stayed there for lunch. Wow what we would have missed if we hadn't stuck with our plan to eat at Pearl's. It... More

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

We went for a late dinner. Small place but the five of us were shown to a small round table which was comfortable enough. The lobster roll was good and had big chunks of lobster. The gazpacho with shrimps and lobster was very good. The ceviches were just OK. The fried calamari were good. The bouillabaisse was really good, even... More

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nashville tn.
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Half the fun of this restaurant was finding it. Got off the subway two stops south and walked thru some great areas. I knew you couldn't make reservations, but we were not in any hurry so we just showed up. There was about a 40 minute wait, but a great waitress/ Hostess said we could sit at a side bar.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I've eaten at this restaurant twice - once for dinner and on another occasion for lunch. The lobster is rolls are definitely the thing to eat at this restaurant - absolutely mouthwateringly delicious - served with shoestring fries!!! The lobster is from Maine and really fresh...need I say more. The salted crispy shrimps and oysters are also delicious as starters!!... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We ate here last evening and enjoyed the experience, a small crowded resturant in Greenwich Village near Washington Square. The Oysters were good but pricey, the wine selection was good all between $45 and $60 / bottle. The French Sauvignon we selected (Non specific, Bordeaux) was nothing special. Bordeaux Blanc, Château de Goupin – 2012 is a $10 dollar bottle... More

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New York City, New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I am obsessed with lobster rolls and even went to the lobster roll rumble this year. Pearl is still my favorite, with the very generous amounts of lobster meat and mayo, while it is very rich, I always crave pearl! Get there at 6 on the dot if you don't want to wait for a table!

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