Slurp On the Cheap: The East Village’s Oyster Happy Hours

oystersNoah Fecks

The first New York Oyster Week, celebrating our city’s special history with the salty bivalve while examining preservation efforts, is upon us. Until Sat. 29, there’ll be “oyster-centric” events in and around the city. But these East Village oyster specials can be had year-round.

Mermaid Inn
96 Second Avenue, near Fifth Street; (212) 674-5870
At this neighborhood fixture, you can pledge allegiance to the East Coast or West Coast: Barcat oysters, from the east, are offered for $1 each while Chefs Creek oysters, from the west, are $1.75 each during the “Happy Hour and a Half”: Monday through Thursday from 5.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Desnuda – Winebar & Cevicheria
122 East Seventh Street, near Avenue A; (212) 254-3515
It’s happy days at the Bourgeois Pig’s dark and sexy sister bar, which serves Beau Soleil oysters on the half shell with ginger shallot, relish and chipotle mignonette, Sunday from 2 p.m. to midnight and Monday 6 p.m. to midnight. Order a glass of wine from their selection of South American varieties and you can get a dozen oysters for $1 each.

58 East First Street, near First Avenue; (646) 559-4823
This bright, bustling spot offers more bang for your buck from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily with 2-for-1 oysters, as well as cocktails with exotic ingredients like clove dust, hibiscus tincture, and garden nicoise vegetable puree. Oysters include Beau Soleil, Malpeques, Blue Point, St. Simon, and Montauk Pearls for $3 each.

Bait & Hook
251 East 14th Street, at Second Avenue; (212) 260-8015
This nautically themed newcomer opened about two weeks ago and is luring customers in with $1 Blue Point oysters Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. During happy hour, patrons can also quaff $4 draft beers in open, airy environs.

Upstate – Craft beer & oyster bar
95 First Avenue, near Sixth Street; (917) 408-3395
At this cozy husband-and-wife owned eatery patrons can slurp on a selection of six East and West Coast oysters and a New York craft beer for $12, every day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oyster selections change daily but may include Blue Points, Malpeque, Kumamoto, and Nootka Sound. Over half a dozen draught beer selections change weekly.

78 Second Avenue, between East Fourth and Fifth Streets; (212) 253-5410
If you want to slurp al fresco and on the cheap, grab a seat on the front patio. Oysters are $1 and sangria is just $3 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

And if you’re in the mood to splurge, Jack’s Luxury Oyster Bar at 101 Second Avenue is well worth it.