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Pearl Oyster Bar

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West Village
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18 Cornelia St, Frnt 2, New York City, NY 10014-4138
212-691-8211
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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  • 186
    Excellent
  • 75
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food, consistent with its high T/A rating

I am a fan of lobster rolls, fried oysters and fries so when I came across reviews that highlighted all three this just had to be tried. We stopped in for a late lunch so no crowds at all. Service was friendly, beer was great and the food was great. I ordered the lobster roll and my wife ordered... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
steelerfans
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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49 reviews 49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

I am a fan of lobster rolls, fried oysters and fries so when I came across reviews that highlighted all three this just had to be tried. We stopped in for a late lunch so no crowds at all. Service was friendly, beer was great and the food was great. I ordered the lobster roll and my wife ordered the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

What impressed was how this touristy, 'down-market' decor venue managed to present such excellently prepared sea-food. No reservations, lines and rushed (albeit professional) service would normally lead to a bad review but the quality really overcomes those factors. However, despite the name, don't go for the oysters. This is not an "oyster bar" (only one kind available our visit). Also,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW via mobile

Love this place. It's small and no reservations but lovely bar area and amazing seafood. We had the shrimps and lobster and both were absolutely lovely. Can't wait to come back!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Small, clean place in The Village. The service was friendly and attentive. The waitress kept a corkscrew tucked into her knee sock ... Kind of gross. The steamers were bland and very sandy/gritty. The fried oysters were perfect! The clam chowder was very tasty. No reservations though ...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

My family and undersigned have just a few moments ago, had a fantastic culinary experience! I think it must be almost impossible to find a better place in NYC to eat Maine inspired seafood to a price so affordable. On top of everything, as a costumer one will be met by a smile from the waiters from the moment of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Very cool atmosphere. The deep fried oysters are the best I've had. We arrived at around 8:30 on a Friday night and didn't have to wait for table.

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New York
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33 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Great find in the West Village. The aromas and flavors from Boston, Cape Cod, or the Maine coastline are front and center. Authentic lobster rolls, delicious New England clam chowder (one of the best I've had!), perfectly fried oysters, and well prepared scallops. Saw other tables order whole fish entrees. Looked great! Didn't order dessert but I wish we had.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Have eaten at this place atleast 4 times, always get the fried oysters. perfectly fried and tasty. Also, the lobster roll, great flavors and large portion. they have a small menu, but fresh fish and seafood al the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My favorite foods are steamers and lobster. I vacation in Cape Cod mostly to have those foods daily. However, when I discovered Pearl's Oyster Bar, I had to admit that I have never had better steamers or lobster rolls anywhere, including on the Cape. I have always wondered why there were so few restaurants in New York City which serve... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I went here just for the lobster roll - it was probably the best lobster roll i've ever had - in.my.life. small place - on a little street i couldn't find at first - but really nice and 'quaint' - tight seating, but come on - this is new york kids - pack em in. if you're visiting - or... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 18 Cornelia St, Frnt 2, New York City, NY 10014-4138
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > West Village
  • Neighborhood: West Village
  • Phone Number: 212-691-8211

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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