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Pearl Oyster Bar

18 Cornelia St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Bleecker St.
212-691-8211

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9
Food: 9
Service: 8
Décor: 8
"Highly Recommended"

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82% would go back.

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Big reputation. Big Attitude

By hattiesmith on 1/18/2012

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

To be fair the food was good, but the place is incredibly up itself. 1) Not allowed to sit at the bar while waiting for people to arrive despite the fact it was empty?!?!?!. 2) They feel the need to expressly state on the menu that cell phones are not permitted - seriously?!?!?! get over yourselves - this is not fine dining. 3) very expensive for what it is - $30+ entrees and extra sides required; 4) small tables tightly packed; 5) while our waitress was knowledgeable, it was clear that she would rather be doing something else and serving is all rather an effort. Bottom line - while the food is good, it does not come close to outweighing the shoddy attitude - not only will i never return, but i recommend others to avoid it (hence writing this review...) - particularly as there are so many high class alternatives nearby without the pretense

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52 out of 111 people found this review helpful.

Mmmm lobster rolls & clam chowder standout

By mackdi on 9/3/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

We came for the lobster roll and were not disappointed!! Other standouts from the meal included the fried oysters (accompanied by an amazing sauce) and the New England clam chowder with bacon (mmm). I was so full from the lobster roll and clam chowder that I brought half of the lobster roll home. No miss, it was just as delicious on Day 2. I will definitely be returning.

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52 out of 113 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful

By mitchmurr on 8/8/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Went for the first time on a Saturday. Heard about the lines so we arrived 5:30 for the 6PM opening. Only four in front of us. By 5:50 there were about 20 in line. Sat at the counter, all service people were very friendly and welcoming. Had the famous Lobster Roll (Fantastic!), oysters (small but tasty), clam chowder (very good and only $8!) and mussels (also very good and plenty served for $11). We enjoyed everything and would return sooner than later. The owner and staff were great.

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85 out of 169 people found this review helpful.

authentic homemade taste

By ellen5181 on 8/2/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Was warned that a line forms. Got there at 5:55 pm and a line already down the sidewalk for a 6pm open. Steamers were OK, have had better (think it is the broth) Lobster roll is great. Just like how they serve it in Maine. You need to eat it with a knife and fork. Blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream is a must. Perfect balance of tart and sweet, and the ice cream...to die for. Perfect contrast in temperatures. Crust was awesome. Real homemade feel.

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328 out of 461 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful food, great service

By kalston on 7/18/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

What else can I say? Try the lobster roll and oyster roll here. It's expensive, but absolutely worth it.

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341 out of 645 people found this review helpful.

Still dreaming of the Lobster Roll

By Choconut76 on 6/12/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

As the first time for both dining at Pearl Oyster Bar & having a lobster roll, it was a wonderful experience. Provided we went at 6:30 on a Thursday, and didn't have a wait, the server was fairly attentive (though rushed us through ordering and the appetizer). From the minute you walk through the door, you feel as though you're transported to a charming & cozy New England eatery. We started with the combination cocktail, which had 2 jumbo shrimp, several huge chunks of lobster & oysters- all very fresh. The mussels with cream (ordered from recommendation) - were amazing - the broth goes great with the crusty bread. And the lobster roll - as a devout lobster fan - I don't know why I haven't had one sooner! The huge tender chunks of lobster meat were lightly mixed with the sauce- which did not overpower the roll-making for a mouthwatering meal. Too stuffed for dessert, though next time its a must (judging by the table next to ours). When we left, the place was packed, with a crowd waiting to get in. Can't wait to go back!

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361 out of 678 people found this review helpful.

pretencious

By nasuccha on 5/4/2007

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

It was a very bad experience of being served. It was not even served. The waitress kicked us within an hour, she kept everybody make hurry and saying "everybody was waiting outside, i have already assigned next customer at your table, so you have to be hurry up". The party who was sitting next to us was upset about the waitress also, they were leaving with just an appetizer with the word "it is so pretencious!" that everybody at the restaurant would hear.

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Pearl is a Gem

By focaccia9 on 12/16/2005

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I have been frequenting Pearl for the past year, ever since I moved to NY from the Midwest and read its review in Zagat's. LOVE this place! The seafood is so heavenly fresh. You absolutely cannot go wrong with their signature lobster rolls and oyster rolls, cooked to perfection and smothered in a tangy mayonnaise spread. Shoestring potatoes with malt vinegar are the perfect accompaniment. The steamers are plump and juicy and mussels with wine mustard sauce excellent. However, salmon johnnycakes were just 'okay,' and the desserts fair slightly better. Service at times is tight and frantic but not offputting. Some of the bartenders are snobby. But I go for, and am enamored of, the rolls. And the decor is simple and homey--you walk inside and instantly you're whisked away to a cozy little New England fish shack. Can't say the same for Mary's. Pearl's is the best seafood boite in the area; can't rave enough about it.

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414 out of 897 people found this review helpful.

Take a cab to Cape Cod

By 2nyfoodies on 7/4/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 4
  • Yes, I would go back!

Pearl is certainly worth the 30min wait. The food is always fresh and delicious - from the crab cakes to the lobster rolls to the blueberry pie - you just can't go wrong. We always leave having totally satisfied our Cape Cod cravings and looking forward to our next visit.

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458 out of 892 people found this review helpful.

Fantastic first time

By luv2eat on 8/20/2003

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

After a 10 min. wait we were seated. Very friendly staff, great service and the most delicious melt-in-your-mouth fried oysters. Great chowder. We enhaled our lobster rolls. Despite a waiting crowd, we were never rushed. Liked sitting at the bar as you talk to those on either side. Wonderful experience, will definitely return, especially now that I know where Cornelia St. is.

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