18 Cornelia St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Bleecker St.
By hey_hon on 1/20/2003
Having eaten at Mary's Fish Camp several times but never being able to get into "The Pearl", I decided on a cold Saturday night to give it a try. After a 30+ minute wait, my friend and I were seated at the bar. Teeny, overcooked mussels, a lobster roll that had no taste save for the buttered hot dog roll it was on, a caesar salad that desperately needed something (thank God I had access to a squeeze of lemon and the pepper grinder). On the plus side, the service was great and the oysters on the half shell, while small, were very fresh and clean tasting. I hate to say that I wouldn't go back, but in this town you get one shot and I wasn't impressed!
By CityPixie on 3/27/2003
Go late and you don't have to wait (as long), but then again there won't be much on the menu to choose from, either. Show up "prime time" and be prepared to stand and wait (and wait, and wait). However, if you don't have a summer house in East Hampton and you're craving a lobster roll, the wait is worth it, and it is surely shorter than the drive out on any jitney. If she's sold out of lobster rolls, go for the fresh lobster, or any fresh fish for that matter, as all of their fesh fish dishes are simply prepared and earn high marks.
By marscaro on 4/3/2003
One of my favorite seafood restaurant in NY, I could go there once a week for the lobster rolls.
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 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 NYC14 on 5/8/2003
Great seafood and desserts! I have never been disappointed with the food and service. Lunch too!
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 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 2nyfoodies on 7/4/2005
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.
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.