18 Cornelia St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Bleecker St.
By mitchmurr on 8/8/2010
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.
By luv2eat on 8/20/2003
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.
By gastro212 on 5/8/2003
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.
By NYC14 on 5/8/2003
Great seafood and desserts! I have never been disappointed with the food and service. Lunch too!
By CityGirl3 on 4/17/2003
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!!!!
By Renee on 4/14/2003
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!
By mackdi on 9/3/2011
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.
By kalston on 7/18/2007
What else can I say? Try the lobster roll and oyster roll here. It's expensive, but absolutely worth it.
By Choconut76 on 6/12/2007
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!
By focaccia9 on 12/16/2005
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.