Aw Shucks—It’s Oyster Week

Aw Shucks—It’s Oyster Week

(Courtesy New York Oyster Week)

The fifth annual New York Oyster Week is here with 16 days of oyster-related happenings. This series of events is a means to celebrate the oyster’s positive effects on New York’s cuisine, ecology, economy and culture. This is an educational, as well as tasty, way for oyster lovers to support a sustainable habitat for the living oyster reefs in the New York Harbor and Long Island Sound.

New York Oyster Week is the brainchild of The Oyster Hood, an oyster appreciation community of those who distribute, cook, shuck and genuinely enjoy these bivalve mollusks. Tickets can be purchased through event pages.

Events include, among others:

Brooklyn Oyster Riot – Guests will gather for oysters, cocktails, live music and more at Brooklyn Bridge Park for this third annual event. Sponsored by One John Street, Riot-goers will enjoy an unlimited raw bar with 12 kinds of east and west coast oysters, as well as paired beer and wine. Saturday, September 17, 5 pm-8 pm. $95 

Shellebration – Similar to the Brooklyn Oyster Riot, but at Lot 45 in Bushwick, guests will have unlimited access to 12 kinds of ultra-premium oysters that are paired perfectly with cocktails, wine and craft beer. Also, there will be oyster dishes from Chef Behaya Samia. Friday, September 23, 6 pm-9 pm. $75

OystoberFest – The Grand Finale event of the 2016 Oyster Week includes 20 varieties of ultra-premium oysters, 16 craft beers, fine wines and cocktails. Held at South Street Seaport, oysters will be shucked live and served at a raw bar. There is expected to be 15-20,000 oysters on ice. Saturday, October 1, 4 pm-8 pm. $85

The shells from the oysters consumed during events at Oyster Week will be recycled by the Billion Oyster Project, which aims to restore oyster reefs. Oysters are important members of the marine ecosystem—they filter water and remove particles. Empty shells that are returned to the water via a recycling program become hosts to oyster larval eggs, allowing the oyster population to grow and more water to be filtered. To mashup two classic Disney songs: It’s the circle of life… under the sea.

Restaurants participating in this year’s Oyster Week include Oceana, The Leadbelly, Catch NYC, The John Dory Oyster Bar, Blue Water Grill, Lure Fishbar and Claudio’s. For a full list, click here.

(Courtesy New York Oyster Week)

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