Review: Pearl Oyster Bar

Yes, I know it’s been a while since I’ve last blogged…but I’ve come back with reviews! There have been many MANY great eats with my beloved pictures, so stay tuned to my food journies. =) I more frequently update my flickr account so definitely check that out too.

Pearl Oyster Bar
Neighborhood: Manhattan – West Village
18 Cornelia St
(between 4th St & Bleecker St)
New York, NY 10014

My friends, Prestine and Jon Lin, were feeling pretty baller/adventurous that day and ventured to the West Village for some seafood post-NYU class. Being the cheap college kids that we were, the idea of going to a nice restaurant for lunch was out-of-the-ordinary. Jon was eager to try out their lobster rolls and we were eager to join him…so off to Pearl Oyster Bar we went!

The bar itself is pretty small and there’s a connecting restaurant area. We were seated against the wall table. From what I remember, service was accommodating and they were pretty nice. The lunch crowd was comprised of no students, so you can only imagine how much we felt out of place, and looked like a lot more business-like folk. Back then, lobster rolls were around the upper-$20s and to satisfy his craving, Jon enthusiastically ordered a lobster roll.

As you can see, there are HUGE chunks of lobster so it seemed worth the price. I think he wharfed that down pretty quick.

Their version of the New England Clam Chowder was just right. Since I don’t like my chowder too thick, this chowder had the perfect consistency.

This was their Pan Fried Skate Sandwich. It was SO good. There was the right amount of condiments and the fish was perfectly flaky too.

A nice cross section shot of the Pan Fried Skate Sandwich. Yum yum.

All in all, Pearl Oyster Bar is a great place to go for a classic take on fresh seafood, but it doesn’t come cheap. Make sure you bring your wallet!

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