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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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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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89 out of 173 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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373 out of 840 people found this review helpful.

What's the BEEF!

By gastro212 on 5/8/2003

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

There should be NONE! It is the BEST SEAFOOD in town. Worth the wait for the fresh, delectable dishes from the bouillabaisse, fried oysters, whole fresh fish and the yummy desserts too! No wonder GOURMET 2002 chose Pearl Oyster Bar as One of America's Best Restaurants.

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422 out of 850 people found this review helpful.

What a Catch!

By NYC14 on 5/8/2003

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

Great seafood and desserts! I have never been disappointed with the food and service. Lunch too!

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374 out of 777 people found this review helpful.

Simply the Best!

By CityGirl3 on 4/17/2003

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

Dollar for dollar, this is the best seafood joint in NYC--probably on the east coast. A real chef who has spun simple beach food into gold! Do not miss the cod sandwich at lunch, the mussels in cream sauce, Caesar salad, fried osyters, crab cake and lobster roll, any time. Can't wait until that second room opens up!!!!

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344 out of 735 people found this review helpful.

The best lobster roll in the world!

By Renee on 4/14/2003

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

The food at Pearl is amazing. The lobster roll is mayonnaise-y and delicious with just a hint of lemon on a toasted, buttered bun. The scallops melt in your mouth. The Caesar salad is to die for. And the desserts are just too good for words. I've never had better seafood, anywhere!

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349 out of 707 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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54 out of 117 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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342 out of 649 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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364 out of 684 people found this review helpful.

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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