I try to avoid places that have been lauded by celebrity chefs, but before going to NYC I read an article by Mario Batali about his favorite restaurants in NYC and his mention of Pearl Oyster Bar piqued my curiosity. There's near unanimous love on review sites for this place, along with warnings of long waits (it's a small place). Well, we showed up post-lunch on a rainy Tuesday and walked right into a comfortable seat at the bar, there were only 3 other people on the bar side, a few parties in the restaurant side.
We had half dozen oysters to begin, which were the best either of us had ever had, truly superb! Followed that up with the much lauded lobster roll, which was as good as everyone has said. Heaped with lobster, this is a must have for lobster roll lovers. Third dish was the fried oysters, which were good, but nowhere close to the raw. Highly recommended, we'll go back every time we visit.