Last weekend I was invited to the Empire Oyster event at the Maritime Hotel - a hedonistic feast of all you can eat oysters for New York’s Oyster Week. The event was hosted by Thrillist, and featured restaurants such as the BLT Fish Shack, The Blue Water Grill, Crave Fishbar, Soju Haus, The Liberty NYC, and The Monarch Room.
Blue Point Brewing Company had a few different beer options, but my favorite was the Blue Point Oyster Stout made with 5 pounds of oyster shells, and 2 pounds of sea salt per batch. It was perfect pairing with many different kinds of oysters, briny and sweet.
|Photo via Thrillist|
All of the raw oysters were delicious and were amazingly fresh - highlights included the Oyster Ponds from Orient, New York, Peter Russo’s oysters from Mattunuck, Rhode Island, and the Fishers Island oyster. My favorite oyster of the day was the Black Point Oyster from Nova Scotia Canada, a very large oyster that had the freshness and the brininess of its smaller cousins.
|Black Point Beauty from Nova Scotia|
|Aguachile de Ostion with Mango, Cucumber, Celery and Serrano Chiles by the El Paso Mexican Restaurant|
|Gool-Moo-Chim a fresh Blue Point Oyster topped with Kimchi by Soju Haus|
|Island Creek Oysters with Tofu Puree and Preserved Lemon Relish by Crave Fishbar|
|Pickled Oyster Served with Smoked Celery Root and Serrano Chiles by the Monarch Room|
|The Monarch Room for the Win - Photo via Thrillist|
|Barbara & Bill Rausch - Best Raw Oyster - Photo via Thrillist|