Pearl Oytser Bar
18 Cornelia St (bet. Bleecker & W 4th Sts)
City: New York, NY
Phone: (212) 691-8211
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Area: Greenwich Village
If you don't mind eating in tight quarters, then you'll love Pearl. On weekends, the line is usually out the door. Inside, it's a crush of people sitting on stools. And while there is one table up front that seats four comfortably, be prepared to squeeze in. Pearl is probably best known for its lobster rolls made with chunks of lobster, mayonaise, a dash of lemon and served on a soft seeded roll. It comes with a side of the shoe-string potatoes that give new meaning to the word "thin." Pearl also serves up oysters on the half shell, steamed mussels in a creamy mustard-wine sauce (although I prefer the mussels at Markt) and two types of fish daily; one is usually a filet boned and fried while the other is served whole. All are very fresh. $35 per person. Major credit cards accepted.
Review By: Benny Prim