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Recommendations for good oyster happy hour or just cheap West Coast oysters?

I'm sure they're regular price then, which is around $3 for West Coast oysters. I live in NYC, so there are many places that offer that many varieties at regular prices. The hard part is finding them at half price! :)

So far, Fish was the best option in Philly given the quality and price at happy hour. In NYC, Mermaid Inn satisfies my needs, but really sad that Choptank is no more. They used to have all varieties at half off, i.e. $1.50 for 5-6 types of West Coast oysters.

Jul 18, 2011
smartcooki in Philadelphia

Recommendations for good oyster happy hour or just cheap West Coast oysters?

At happy hour prices? Lots of places have many varieties, but few have any good ones at happy hour prices, unfortunately.

Jul 18, 2011
smartcooki in Philadelphia

Recommendations for good oyster happy hour or just cheap West Coast oysters?

I need my oysters raw, only :)

Jun 21, 2011
smartcooki in Philadelphia

Recommendations for good oyster happy hour or just cheap West Coast oysters?

I think the early one is 6-7:30pm or something like that. I would recommend calling to verify. The menu also said they have a late happy hour 9-11pm or something like that. I'd also doublecheck.

Jun 21, 2011
smartcooki in Philadelphia

Recommendations for good oyster happy hour or just cheap West Coast oysters?

Hi. Just wanted to thank you for the recommendation and provide feedback. We checked out Fish on Friday for their happy hour. They had 3 West Coast varieties on happy hour for $1.50 each. We tried all three and liked two, Fish Point and Penn Cove. Ended up eating 3.5 dozen in total. Drinks were also reasonable at $6-7. We had mint juleps, which were alright. Unfortunately, the service wasn't great, but the oysters were worth it. You can only do happy hour at the bar, which had 6-7 people including us, and somehow the bartender/server managed to be off to the side somewhere talking to the staff most of the time. We'd definitely go again for the oyster quality and price, though!

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3 West
665 Martinsville Rd Ste 101, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Jun 20, 2011
smartcooki in Philadelphia

Recommendations for good oyster happy hour or just cheap West Coast oysters?

I wanted to post an update on our experience this weekend. We called both Snockey's and Fish before deciding on a place. Snockey's does have a 75 cent oyster happy hour, but they only pick one oyster for that. The day we called (Friday), it was one from Delaware, so we decided to go with Fish. Fish chooses 3 types and on Friday it was all West Coast oysters for $1.50 each. We liked Fish Point and Penn Cove and didn't love the third variety. Ended up eating 3.5 dozen :)

Jun 20, 2011
smartcooki in Philadelphia

Recommendations for good oyster happy hour or just cheap West Coast oysters?

Thanks! I'll look into this one. The 75 cent deal above is probably for Blue Points, which I'm not interested in. Those are easy to find and not that good :)

Jun 14, 2011
smartcooki in Philadelphia

Recommendations for good oyster happy hour or just cheap West Coast oysters?

I'm wondering if anyone has found a gem with inexpensive West Coast oysters. I know Oyster House has a $1 oyster happy hour, but they're Blue Points. I'm curious if anyone's aware of any places that either have good deals or a happy hour for West Coast oysters like Fanny Bays.

Thanks!

Jun 14, 2011
smartcooki in Philadelphia

Choptank closed -- Please recommend another good oyster happy hour in NYC! Fanny Bays or Shebune oysters...

So so unfortunate they closed. That happy hour was our little secret...so sad now.

Mar 13, 2011
smartcooki in Manhattan

Choptank closed -- Please recommend another good oyster happy hour in NYC! Fanny Bays or Shebune oysters...

So, we ended up going to Fish....and it was just ok. Unfortunately, it didn't come close to Choptank (which is only half a block away actually). We ordered a dozen of Blue Point with 2 drinks (2 $8 specials) as well as 2 Fanny Bays and 2 Kummamotos to try. The Blue Points were just ok, but great for the price. At this price, they're better than all the other oyster happy hours I've tried, not including Choptank. They were big too. However, their Fanny Bays were kind of small and unimpressive. The flavor was similar to what we were used to at Choptank, but they were about half the size and not as buttery at all. We didn't think the Kumammotos were worth the price either. To give you an idea, we would often end up getting 4 dozens of Fanny Bays at Choptank, one dozen at a time, because they were so delicious...we had to force ourselves to stop. Haha. Here, we didn't reorder and left.

I think we are spoiled by Choptank now!! I hope it returns...we walked by it and there is still a note about the flood and it's closed, but it hasn't been torn down completely or anything....

Mar 13, 2011
smartcooki in Manhattan

Choptank closed -- Please recommend another good oyster happy hour in NYC! Fanny Bays or Shebune oysters...

Will do. My friend and I kind of have an oyster obsession :) I'll have to run the options by her and make a decision. Will report back regardless!

Mar 11, 2011
smartcooki in Manhattan

Choptank closed -- Please recommend another good oyster happy hour in NYC! Fanny Bays or Shebune oysters...

Thanks! Fish looks good. Just looked on their site and Fanny Bays are $2, which is pretty good! Choptank was $1.50 for happy hour (which is no more) and Grand Central is $2.15 anytime. This is the best price I've seen.

I don't remember whether I like Blue Points, but seems worth trying for $8 including a drink.

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Blue Point
662 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Mar 11, 2011
smartcooki in Manhattan

Choptank closed -- Please recommend another good oyster happy hour in NYC! Fanny Bays or Shebune oysters...

Thanks. I called them already and Fanny Bays are not on happy hour. They're $2.75. Grand Central Oyster Bar has them for $2.15. However, Mermaid has other British Columbia oysters (Chef's Creek?) for happy hour. So maybe we'll try something else.

That Choptank special was soooo good. Blah.

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Grand Central Oyster Bar
89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Mar 11, 2011
smartcooki in Manhattan

Choptank closed -- Please recommend another good oyster happy hour in NYC! Fanny Bays or Shebune oysters...

Thanks! I'll take a look at Five Points. I've tried Lure and didn't love their oysters. It was just one type for happy hour and not that great. The good thing about Choptank was that all their oysters were 50% off and they usually had 5 varieties.

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Five Points
31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

Mar 11, 2011
smartcooki in Manhattan

Choptank closed -- Please recommend another good oyster happy hour in NYC! Fanny Bays or Shebune oysters...

OMG, I was planning on heading to Choptank in West Village for my favorite oyster happy hour (service and staff usually sucked, but the oysters and half-priced drinks were delicious). But it looks like they closed...

Does anyone have any recommendations for other good oyster happy hours in Manhattan, downtown preferred? We especially like Fanny Bays and Shebune stypes of oysters...buttery and not too salty.

Thanks so much!

Mar 11, 2011
smartcooki in Manhattan

Recommendation for lunch in Napa!

The reviews for Angele seem somewhat mixed...Bistro Jeanty is standing out to me right now due to their menu and glowing reviews...Have you tried it?

Aug 04, 2010
smartcooki in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendation for lunch in Napa!

Hi All,

I am having the hardest time picking a restaurant for lunch in Napa. I'm a hardcore foodie and am looking to check out one of the French places while I'm in town for a wedding. We only have time for lunch on a Sunday in mid-August.

Tried to book French Laundry, but of course it wasn't possible. I considered Bouchon, but decided against it since I live in NYC. I'd prefer something that's still unique to the Napa area. Looked at Ad Hoc, but not too keen on southern food that weekend. Would prefer French.

There are so many options with amazing reviews that we're having the toughest time deciding!

Can anyone help us out with a lunch recommendatin that will blow our mind?

Bistro Jeanty? Mustard's? Others?

Thank you so much!

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The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Ad Hoc
6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

Bistro Jeanty
6510 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Bouchon
6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Aug 03, 2010
smartcooki in San Francisco Bay Area

Katsu-ya Hollywood

I recently visited the Studio City location and didn't understand the hype. The actual sushi was pretty good (i.e. straight fish like albacore, yellowtail, salmon etc), but all the rolls were horrible with way too much rice. Didn't try the other specialties, so maybe that's the draw....Oh yeah, maybe it was the two z-list celebrities, a girl from Top Model who didn't win and James Van Derbeek from Dawson's Creek.

Oct 29, 2007
smartcooki in Los Angeles Area

Dinner near L.A. Sports Arena?

Eh, not really a great area to walk around. Maybe drive to the Standard?

Oct 29, 2007
smartcooki in Los Angeles Area

good lunch spot near arclight

how about EAT on Sunset? They changed their menu a few months ago. It was pretty good when I was there. If you don't mind a little drive, Santa Fe on LaBrea is good. Also, the Griddle on Sunset/Fairfax.

Oct 29, 2007
smartcooki in Los Angeles Area

Lunch on the beach or close by for 75 people

Just thought of another one. It's right off PCH and very laid back with tables and chairs in the sand. The food is pretty good. Nothing fancy, but a great spot to rent out. It's called Back on the Beach.

Oct 29, 2007
smartcooki in Los Angeles Area

Lunch on the beach or close by for 75 people

this is pretty impossible. something that would accomodate 75 would have to be either a big restaurant or a hotel restaurant. both of those would be expensive if they're by the beach. and if it's a small place, they won't close it down for you a only $25 per person.

I'm trying to come up with something, but I really don't think there is anything on the beach....how about Louise's? Buffet City? Big Daddy & Sons? Coogie's Beach Cafe in Malibu? Waterfront Cafe in Venice? Big Dean's Oceanfront Cafe? The Sidewalk cafe in Venice?

See this site and search for beachfront restaurants: http://www.santamonica.com/index.php/...

Oct 29, 2007
smartcooki in Los Angeles Area

Lunch Near LACMA/Mid-Wilshire Area

Not walking distance, but all of these are good and 3 mins away:

Bloom on Pico
Toast on 3rd St
Doughboy's on 3rd St

Oct 26, 2007
smartcooki in Los Angeles Area

West LA Favorite Date Spot

Lou for wine and cheese in Hollywood.

Oct 26, 2007
smartcooki in Los Angeles Area

LA - BEST MEXICAN RESTAURNT FOR BIRTHDAY PARTY - 13 People

I second El Compadre. I went to a b-day party for about 12 ppl there and it was great. El Coyote is another ok option.

Oct 26, 2007
smartcooki in Los Angeles Area

What's your most recent WOW! Moment at an LA restaurant?

Tender Greens in Culver City.

Oct 26, 2007
smartcooki in Los Angeles Area

Patio date spot - Hollywood

Toast on Beverly? Pain Quotidien on Melrose? Doughboy's?

Oct 26, 2007
smartcooki in Los Angeles Area

Thoughts on Simon/LA at The Sofitel

Stone Rose is a popular hip lounge. Are you staying at the hotel? Parking there is expensive. If you're driving there, park at the Beverly Center across the street - $1 for 4 hrs.

Oct 26, 2007
smartcooki in Los Angeles Area

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day in Santa Monica/ LA

recommending someone to drive all the way to San Gabriel valley during their vacation for only a few days in Santa Monica? that's just insane. There are Chinese restaurants on the westside that will be open if they're really interested in that, within 5-10 mins. However, considering they want turkey etc, I don't think it's an option.

Oct 24, 2007
smartcooki in Los Angeles Area

Pre-party place for Eagles/Dixie Chicks

Rooftop at The Standard?

Oct 24, 2007
smartcooki in Los Angeles Area