Mon-Wed, 11:30am-10pm; Thu-Fri, 11:30am-10:30pm; Sat, 11:30am-11:30pm; Sun, 10am-10pm
1 at 79th St.; B, C at 81st St.-Museum of Natural History
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
A sister of the Blue Water and Atlantic Grills, this sizeable Upper West Side restaurant is often bustling with a glossy, somewhat older crowd packed tightly into compartmental dining rooms. The service is almost startlingly friendly, and the salt-topped table rolls will have you feeling satisfied before real food even arrives. It’s not hard to see why the place is so popular: Most dishes are prepared simply and well. Plus, the 20-plus oyster selection is fun to read even if you don’t like the slippery devils.Sunday Brunch
Sun., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Lunch, three courses, $25