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Pearl Oyster Bar

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$$ - $$$
Neighborhood:
West Village
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18 Cornelia St, Frnt 2, New York City, NY 10014-4138
+1 212-691-8211
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Today
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Anguilla, British West Indies
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157 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pearl's is so much fun! The loose, comfortable, relaxed atmosphere with some history provides a perfect setting for a completely satisfying culinary experience. Fresh seafood? It doesn't get any better. Lobster? The lobster rolls are renowned. Home made pie? Terrific. We always sit at the marble topped bar where occasionally we glimpse into the tiny bustling kitchen. The chefs are... More 

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Celebration,Florida,USA
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138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want a great lobster roll in New York City and you are okay with eating in a noisy cramped atmosphere you will love this restaurant. The decor is fresh and modern New England.

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Thank Joanne K
Reggio Emilia, Italy
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65 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Relaxed and convivial atmosphere, very friendly staff, delicious fried oysters and spectacular lobster roll! Right price.

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Westfield, New Jersey
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105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This small oyster bar has a limited menu that does what it does extremely well. The regular menu is augmented by blackboard specials that are fresh and tasty. They serve beer and wine and amazing oysters. It's clearly a local favorite with a good vibe.

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Thank pcg123
New York, New York, United States
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

small unassuming restaurant w/ best seafood, lobster, pies, etc. no resv. wait about 20 min-1 hr. I have been there about 100 times in last 8 years, never a bad meal.

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Thank David D
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

Pearl was recommended to us by a real New Yorker as having the best lobster roll in the city. We don't have this in England at all. So desperate were we to sample the seafood we paced the block until opening having read the reviews that it gets busy. The lobster roll was packed full of delicious, flavoursome meat. The... More 

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Thank Jodie W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

Good location. Cozy place. Nice people. Good cooking. Wonderful lobster sandwich. Clam chouder super. To be there!

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Thank Marzio L
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

Best Lobster Roll in Manhattan. The lobster is fresh the bread is incredible. The taste put together is almost criminally good. The side of shoe string fries were quite good too. I also tried the Oysters and the Po boy which were also good. Paired with a great glass of wine the food is really quite excellent.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

What's not to love about Pearl Oyster Bar?!? THE best lobster roll on the planet & worth every penny. This quaint little bar in the West Village is a must for anyone who enjoys seafood & or wine. I had a fabulous bottle of Chardonnay. I can't forget to mention the crispy, shoestring fries that I could not stop eating.... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

I came here this week for the first time since it opened in the late 1990s; back then, it was a fresh, exciting new place for fantastic seafood, with crowds spilling out the door in anticipation of sitting down to some of the best shellfish in town. The only thing that's changed is that it's not new. Almost 20 years... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $40
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine
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
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: +1 212-691-8211

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