• Best Spots for Oysters in Hoboken, Jersey City + Beyond

    Living in Hudson County means plenty of opportunities to sit by the water, soak in the sun, and sip on chilled rosé. And there’s no better way to complement your summer day than with a plate full of delicious oysters. An acquired taste for some but loved by many, these salty, brine-y mollusks are wonderfully bite-sized {so feel free to indulge} and perfect to share with a crowd. If you’re looking for prime oyster slurping all day long, we’ve got all of the places to get your seafood on in Hoboken, Jersey City, and beyond — but first, a little oyster education:

    Most restaurants will usually feature a combination of both West Coast and East Coast oysters {or just feature what’s in season}, and some will get more specific, providing the name of the oyster which can help to define the taste palate and region that it is from. West Coast oysters tend to be meatier and sweeter and have more of a fluted edge with a deeper shell, while East Coast oysters are defined as chewier, smaller and have more of a salty taste. Now let’s dig in:

    Hoboken

    Halifax {225 River Street}

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    Photo: Halifax

    Offering East and West Coast oysters {take our advice and go there to celebrate National Oyster Day on August 5th}, this scenic waterside eatery is a prime place for delightful bites and sparkly bubblies.

    Stingray Lounge {1210 Washington Street}

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    Offering 50% off oysters & sparkling drinks Sunday through Tuesday from 4:00PM-8:00PM, the raw bar at Stingray is the envy of any mollusk lover, with selections changing weekly and up to 12 {!} different types of oysters on the menu, ranging from East Coast to West Coast.

    Biggie’s 36-42 Newark Street

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    Photo: Biggie’s Clam Bar

    This family-owned joint with other locations around New Jersey has a variety of fresh oysters that change weekly as well as specialty dishes like oysters Rockefeller {topped with spinach and cheese}, oysters Casino {minced bacon, peppers and onions}, steamed oysters in a buttery beer broth or get your oysters fried.

    Tutta Pesca 153 3rd Street

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    Photo: Tutta Pesca

    With “fresh fish market” attached to its name, you know Tutta Pesca’s gotta be good. The raw bar features both East Coast and Canadian oysters served with lemon, horseradish and mignonette sauce {made with shallots, pepper and vinegar}. If you want a bit of everything and you’ve got a large group, check out the whole {or half} seafood tower with clams, mussels, oysters, shrimp, crab and lobster- but be prepared to eat!

    Court Street {61 6th Street}

    Delectable surf & turf here includes oysters Rockefeller or ½ dozen oysters on the half shell – and check out the $1 oysters every Thursday from 4:30-7:00 PM, along with $1 off house red and white wines {we recommend an oaky Pinot Grigio}.

    The Ainsworth {310 Sinatra Drive}

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    Photo: Ainsworth Hoboken

    Get a half or full dozen plate of oysters here and maybe some candied bacon on the side and indulge in a spicy cocktail like the Mr. Moore — the smokiness of the bourbon and sweetness of the blackberry will nicely offset a silky and buttery East Coast oyster.

    See More: The Best Places to Eat Lobster in Hoboken, Jersey City, + Beyond

    Elysian Café {1001 Washington Street}

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    The oyster selection at Elysian includes the oysters of the day as well as Blue Point and Kumamoto oysters to start off a winning brunch on Sunday Funday.

    Jersey City

    Hooked {467 Communipaw Avenue}

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    This casual dining spot on Communipaw Ave. has no shortage of fresh seafood options {more on that here} including fresh catch fried oysters in a po’boy sandwich, served on a platter or made as a salad, with a variety of tasty dipping sauces {and might as well get some honey-jalapeño hushpuppies on the side}.

    Just BeClaws {280 1st Street}

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    Photo: Just BeClaws

    This place doesn’t take reservations but trust, it’s well worth the wait for either raw or fried oysters as well as oyster po’boys. Pick up a bottle of your favorite bubbly {BYO is always a plus}, slap on a bib, and dig in.

    Piggyback Bar {200 Hudson Street}

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    Enjoy a beautiful riverside view while noshing on a platter of ½ dozen East Coast or West Coast oysters, with dropper sauces to accompany the meal, ranging from salty to sweet for your every oyster need.

    Liberty House {76 Audrey Zapp Drive}

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    Photo: Liberty House

    The raw bar at Liberty House has a wide range of oyster options, featuring Hood Canal {a variety of flavorful oysters from Washington State}, Blue Points {locally sourced with a mild flavor}, Beausoleil {Canadian based with a meaty flavor} and Kumamoto oysters, often called the “Chardonnay of oysters” due to its sweet taste {could it get any better than that?}.

    Hamilton Inn {708 Jersey Avenue}

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    Photo: Hamilton Inn

    The raw bar at Hamilton Inn features Blue Point oysters along with tuna tartare and shrimp cocktail — check out the $1 oyster special on Wednesdays from 4-11, pair with a Sauvignon Blanc and you’re good to go.

    Dullboy {364 Grove Street}

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    Photo: Dullboy Bar

    Featuring $1 Blue Point oysters all night on Tuesdays and happy hour all week long with $8 classic cocktails, check out the Last Word {gin, lime, green chartreuse, maraschino}, a perfect way to pair up citrus notes with endless oysters {and maybe get some brisket mac & cheese on the side}.

    READ: Best Clam Spots in Hoboken + Jersey City {For Any Craving}

    Light Horse Tavern {199 Washington Street}

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    Photo: Light Horse Tavern

    Check out the impressive raw bar here with a choice of 4 different types of oysters including Blue Point, Island Creek {a Massachusetts oyster with a butter and brine flavor}, Wellfleet {Cape Cod oysters with a mild, sweet flavor} or Glidden Point {meaty oysters from Maine with a crisp, complex flavor}, or if you’re feeling aggressive, get the raw bar platter with oysters, clams, poached mussels and shrimp cocktail.

    Weehawken

    Molos {1 Pershing Road}

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    Photo: Molos

    Beautiful waterfront dining and wonderfully dry rosé pairs well with the raw bar, featuring both Blue Point and Moonstone oysters {Rhode Island based with a mineral, umami taste} as well as the seafood plateau, featuring lobsters, crab meat, shrimp, oysters and clams.

    Chart House {Lincoln Harbor Pier D-T}

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    The picturesque dining along the Hudson here never gets old, and the seafood selections include ½ dozen oysters, tuna tartare, and a variety of fresh fish topped or prepared however you like it.

    Edgewater

    Haven Riverfront Restaurant and Bar {2 Main Street}

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    Photo: Haven

    This tucked away restaurant always offers lots of fresh and tempting meal options for a nice night out as well as Atlantic oysters, Pacific oysters, Kumamoto oysters or an “Around the World” tasting with the option to try all 3 {the perfect mix of briny, sweet and fresh, if you ask us}.

    Where’s your favorite spot to eat oysters? Share with us in the comments below and tag us in your foodie pics on Instagram @HobokenGirlBlog + #HobokenGirl <3

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    Written by:

    Lauren originally hails from Nutley, NJ but is happy and proud to have called Bayonne her hometown for the past 5 years, where she can always find a beautiful park to walk or run in and a great place to eat. Lauren has a deep appreciation for a good bar, a great glass of red wine, and good food, and often frequents Jersey City for dining, where she worked for 4 years. Now working in NYC, Lauren still gets her Jersey City fix on the weekends or after work, and then goes back to her apartment where she lives with her husband, a Bayonne native, and her awesome kitty, Lola. You can also find her at yoga class in Jersey City or Hoboken, writing, or reading {and continually running out of space for all of her books} in her spare time.


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