Pearl Oyster Bar

★★★★☆
  • 18 Cornelia St 2

    New York, NY 10014

    Cross street: nr. Bleecker St.

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  • 212-691-8211

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Mon-Fri 12pm-2:30pm; 6pm-11pm Sat 6pm-11pm

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Being here few times for dinner and becoming a fan of this restaurant...Sometimes it's too crowed that you have to wait on line to get a table, but once you are sitting down the service is good and the food is fresh and delicious....The waiters are very courteous..and the Lobster Roll and the Fried Oyster are the best..the only thing that I will tell the Manager is to lower to use of salt and mayo...sometimes it gets too salty..but overall..I will come here again and again...

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★★★★★

Being here few times for dinner and becoming a fan of this restaurant...Sometimes it's too crowed that you have to wait on line to get a table, but once you are sitting down the service is good and the food is fresh and delicious....The waiters are very courteous..and the Lobster Roll and the Fried Oyster are the best..the only thing that I will tell the Manager is to lower to use of salt and mayo...sometimes it gets too salty..but overall..I will come here again and again...

Pros: Fesh Seafood - Good and Fast Service

Cons: Overprized - Too much Mayo & Salt

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Being a huge fan of the Lobster roll... the search is always on in NYC to get a taste of summer. After being strongly recommended by fans, we decided to drop in. Promptly at 6 pm we thought we would be able to grab a seat at the bar, but instead took cue on the curb. Mildy warm for February, we waited the ten minutes outside for a seat before they opened their doors. The Sav blanc was your average but not a great selection. Crab cake was good but overpowered by the mayo-slaw which was, well mayo. Being rushed by the almost theatrical staf f was a litle stressful, I get it that the entire restaurant was seated in a matter of seconds and they have to turn it over, but it was a little much.... I recommend not going for the early bird as we did (especially when u get stared down by waiting patrons.).. Then-- the highly anticipated LOBSTER ROLL , was good , but sooo much mayo & salt that I felt like I was at McDonalds. The shoe string fries were great, hot and pefect, but I won't go back for this much praised lobster roll.
There are way to many fish in the sea, I'd rather not soak them in mayo....

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★★★☆☆

Being a huge fan of the Lobster roll... the search is always on in NYC to get a taste of summer. After being strongly recommended by fans, we decided to drop in. Promptly at 6 pm we thought we would be able to grab a seat at the bar, but instead took cue on the curb. Mildy warm for February, we waited the ten minutes outside for a seat before they opened their doors. The Sav blanc was your average but not a great selection. Crab cake was good but overpowered by the mayo-slaw which was, well mayo. Being rushed by the almost theatrical staf f was a litle stressful, I get it that the entire restaurant was seated in a matter of seconds and they have to turn it over, but it was a little much.... I recommend not going for the early bird as we did (especially when u get stared down by waiting patrons.).. Then-- the highly anticipated LOBSTER ROLL , was good , but sooo much mayo & salt that I felt like I was at McDonalds. The shoe string fries were great, hot and pefect, but I won't go back for this much praised lobster roll.
There are way to many fish in the sea, I'd rather not soak them in mayo....

Pros: Seated fast, but waited on line

Cons: MAYO & SALT

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I don't know what restaurant the previous reviewer went to but it wasn't Pearl Oyster Bar--they don't have any MEAT! LOL! Idiots! Pearl is far and away our favorite restaurant in New York and still a bargain--where else can you get sublime clam chowder under $10? Addicted to the fried oysters; all others are judged by this standard. Mussels are also amazing--ask for bread, though. The other night we had a whole grilled bass that was simply incredible and pan fried skate, sweet, juicy and delicious.

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★★★★★

I don't know what restaurant the previous reviewer went to but it wasn't Pearl Oyster Bar--they don't have any MEAT! LOL! Idiots! Pearl is far and away our favorite restaurant in New York and still a bargain--where else can you get sublime clam chowder under $10? Addicted to the fried oysters; all others are judged by this standard. Mussels are also amazing--ask for bread, though. The other night we had a whole grilled bass that was simply incredible and pan fried skate, sweet, juicy and delicious.

Pros: really the best, freshest seafood , GREAT lunch spot

Cons: can be cramped in summer but fine in fall/winter

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I give this place 3.5 stars..
Although the ambience, the service and the decor was great, the food actually was a bit of a letdown.. not that it was bad, but it was just OK and not very memorable surprisingly..
I would've given it 4 stars, but for the price of the dinner, we expected to be blown away.. My friend had fish, which he thought was pretty dry and I had some kind of meat and to be honest, I don't even remember it and this was only a month ago..

1
★★★☆☆

I give this place 3.5 stars..
Although the ambience, the service and the decor was great, the food actually was a bit of a letdown.. not that it was bad, but it was just OK and not very memorable surprisingly..
I would've given it 4 stars, but for the price of the dinner, we expected to be blown away.. My friend had fish, which he thought was pretty dry and I had some kind of meat and to be honest, I don't even remember it and this was only a month ago..

Pros: service,decor

Cons: food

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This place is as close to Newport, Rhode Island as the West Village can get minus the marinas, boats and water. Definitely start out with their raw bar, the oysters on the half shell are fresh and standout. The New England clam chowder and lobster roll are both very authentic and respectable. My only complaint is with respect to the salt crusted shrimp. I would only advise ordering that small plate if you enjoy eating shrimp shells. At least things ended on a high note - finishing 3 different glasses of Pearl Oyster House's white wines and desserting on their seasonal blackberry and pear pie a la mode - just wow.

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★★★★☆

This place is as close to Newport, Rhode Island as the West Village can get minus the marinas, boats and water. Definitely start out with their raw bar, the oysters on the half shell are fresh and standout. The New England clam chowder and lobster roll are both very authentic and respectable. My only complaint is with respect to the salt crusted shrimp. I would only advise ordering that small plate if you enjoy eating shrimp shells. At least things ended on a high note - finishing 3 different glasses of Pearl Oyster House's white wines and desserting on their seasonal blackberry and pear pie a la mode - just wow.

Pros: Clientele, Oysters on the Half Shell, Chowder, Lobster Roll, Seasonal Pies, Wine List

Cons: Tight seating, Salt Crusted Shrimp, I should have ordered the Steamers

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OMG the lobster rolls here are absolutely divine. A bit of a wait but well worth it. Wish I could afford to go more often!

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★★★★★

OMG the lobster rolls here are absolutely divine. A bit of a wait but well worth it. Wish I could afford to go more often!

Pros: Lobster Rolls

Cons: Wait

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Wanted to keep my Block Island/Shelter Island vacation vibe going so went last night for a really good lobster roll. Based on reader reviews I expected to be blown away. The lobster roll was good, but nothing amazing. Honestly, it did not have too much taste. It had too much mayo, not enough spice/seasoning and it was $27. I've had better at seafood shacks in Sag Harbor and Block Island for a lot less money. So bottom line, I will not be going back here for the lobster roll.

1
★★★☆☆

Wanted to keep my Block Island/Shelter Island vacation vibe going so went last night for a really good lobster roll. Based on reader reviews I expected to be blown away. The lobster roll was good, but nothing amazing. Honestly, it did not have too much taste. It had too much mayo, not enough spice/seasoning and it was $27. I've had better at seafood shacks in Sag Harbor and Block Island for a lot less money. So bottom line, I will not be going back here for the lobster roll.

Pros: cute place

Cons: overpriced, so/so lobster roll,

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I know people "crab" about the attitude, but we've never had a problem. We had a perfect smokey grilled lobster, sweetest scallops I've ever had over these buttery little vegetables, sinful mussels with cream sauce and a Caesar. (That recipe was worth trying to protect.)

And why is the shrimp cocktail better here than anywhere else in the world?
We won't even order it in most places.

We got REALLY used to the strawberry-rhubarb crumble pie but now that the blueberry is back it was outrageous. If you're listening Pearl, maybe a shorter apple pie season?

2
★★★★★

I know people "crab" about the attitude, but we've never had a problem. We had a perfect smokey grilled lobster, sweetest scallops I've ever had over these buttery little vegetables, sinful mussels with cream sauce and a Caesar. (That recipe was worth trying to protect.)

And why is the shrimp cocktail better here than anywhere else in the world?
We won't even order it in most places.

We got REALLY used to the strawberry-rhubarb crumble pie but now that the blueberry is back it was outrageous. If you're listening Pearl, maybe a shorter apple pie season?

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Great, cute little restaurant, the obvious go-to for a sure-to-please lobster roll, as well as many other excellent seafood dishes. However, when I went last night it was a series of rude encounters with the staff, kicking my bag out of their way and just walking away when we had apparently taken too long considering their menu. This place is successful, and for good reason, but I hope I never become so successful at anything in life that I no longer find it necessary to be a nice person. Being in all these great restaurants in NY that act like you should be honored to be eating there is becoming a bore.

Cheer up or close the place - if you hate it so much that you can't be happy, maybe you shouldn't be doing it. You're doing no one a favor by serving excellent food with a bad attitude.

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★★★☆☆

Great, cute little restaurant, the obvious go-to for a sure-to-please lobster roll, as well as many other excellent seafood dishes. However, when I went last night it was a series of rude encounters with the staff, kicking my bag out of their way and just walking away when we had apparently taken too long considering their menu. This place is successful, and for good reason, but I hope I never become so successful at anything in life that I no longer find it necessary to be a nice person. Being in all these great restaurants in NY that act like you should be honored to be eating there is becoming a bore.

Cheer up or close the place - if you hate it so much that you can't be happy, maybe you shouldn't be doing it. You're doing no one a favor by serving excellent food with a bad attitude.

Pros: Undeniably good food

Cons: Unhappy people

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I had heard/read glowing reviews of Pearl, but every time I passed by it (I live in the area), there always seemed to be a huge crowd and a long wait. I decided to try it out late on a random weeknight to avoid the dinner rush, and the tactic worked out well: We were seated almost immediately.

The oysters appetizer is okay, their desserts are fabulous (particularly the apple crumble when they have it) and the lobster roll, provided you prefer the version that is creamy and heavy on the chunks of lobster, is absolutely to-die-for. I crave the dish on a regular basis, and have been back at least four or five times. They have a decent by-the-bottle wine selection (by-the-glass is limited to a few each day), and the wait staff is both efficient and friendly.

Since Pearl doesn't take reservations, if you want to avoid a long wait, it's best to try going on a weeknight, either directly after work (6pm-7pm) or after 9pm.

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★★★★★

I had heard/read glowing reviews of Pearl, but every time I passed by it (I live in the area), there always seemed to be a huge crowd and a long wait. I decided to try it out late on a random weeknight to avoid the dinner rush, and the tactic worked out well: We were seated almost immediately.

The oysters appetizer is okay, their desserts are fabulous (particularly the apple crumble when they have it) and the lobster roll, provided you prefer the version that is creamy and heavy on the chunks of lobster, is absolutely to-die-for. I crave the dish on a regular basis, and have been back at least four or five times. They have a decent by-the-bottle wine selection (by-the-glass is limited to a few each day), and the wait staff is both efficient and friendly.

Since Pearl doesn't take reservations, if you want to avoid a long wait, it's best to try going on a weeknight, either directly after work (6pm-7pm) or after 9pm.

Pros: awesome lobster roll, good service

Cons: no reservations accepted

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I?ve been to Pearl Oyster Bar a few times before and have always had a great meal, but I have a big complaint after my last visit. First off, I should say that I?m a pescetarian (I don?t eat any meat except for fish) which is why seafood places are always a good dinner option when out with friends. I got the wild bass special which was served on a bed of what appeared to just be a simple vegetable medley of diced carrots, tomatoes, peas and brussel sprouts. Mid-way through the meal, however, I noticed that what was giving the medley its smoky flavor was that it also contained diced ham. Needles to say I was not happy. The fact that it had pork mixed in was not mentioned at all in its description and it was so cleverly snuck into the medley that I didn?t notice it at first as it just appeared to be a diced carrot. Hopefully they will change this recipe or at least warn people in the future.

1
★★★☆☆

I?ve been to Pearl Oyster Bar a few times before and have always had a great meal, but I have a big complaint after my last visit. First off, I should say that I?m a pescetarian (I don?t eat any meat except for fish) which is why seafood places are always a good dinner option when out with friends. I got the wild bass special which was served on a bed of what appeared to just be a simple vegetable medley of diced carrots, tomatoes, peas and brussel sprouts. Mid-way through the meal, however, I noticed that what was giving the medley its smoky flavor was that it also contained diced ham. Needles to say I was not happy. The fact that it had pork mixed in was not mentioned at all in its description and it was so cleverly snuck into the medley that I didn?t notice it at first as it just appeared to be a diced carrot. Hopefully they will change this recipe or at least warn people in the future.

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let me start by saying that i'm not from new york, i am just visiting from Los Angeles and love oysters and mussels. the only reason i went to Pearl Oyster Bar was becasue of another out-of-towner was recommended to this restaurant by his hotel. before going i read these reviews and was scared by the number of people who said the staff was rude. i don't know, maybe becasue it was a slow monday night and there wasn't a line of people waiting outside, our waitress was extrememly nice and funny too boot. mind you, i was scared she was going to bite my head off for having to ask the same question three times. but there were no problems. the mussels were superb with their creamy creamy sauce the fries that accompanied the lobster roll were delicious super skinny shoe strings and the oyster were pretty gosh darn good too. the only down side i saw was the limited wine selection. i like my wine and there wasn't much to choose from. (i guess the fact that they had sold out on three or four bottle didn't help.) but overall, it was delish! i recommend it. but go on a slow night to not upset the natives!
p.s. our party of three was squished onto a table for two, so be sure you're friends with whomever you go.

2
★★★★★

let me start by saying that i'm not from new york, i am just visiting from Los Angeles and love oysters and mussels. the only reason i went to Pearl Oyster Bar was becasue of another out-of-towner was recommended to this restaurant by his hotel. before going i read these reviews and was scared by the number of people who said the staff was rude. i don't know, maybe becasue it was a slow monday night and there wasn't a line of people waiting outside, our waitress was extrememly nice and funny too boot. mind you, i was scared she was going to bite my head off for having to ask the same question three times. but there were no problems. the mussels were superb with their creamy creamy sauce the fries that accompanied the lobster roll were delicious super skinny shoe strings and the oyster were pretty gosh darn good too. the only down side i saw was the limited wine selection. i like my wine and there wasn't much to choose from. (i guess the fact that they had sold out on three or four bottle didn't help.) but overall, it was delish! i recommend it. but go on a slow night to not upset the natives!
p.s. our party of three was squished onto a table for two, so be sure you're friends with whomever you go.

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We just experienced the absolute WORST service at this restaurant!! I'll be fair and say the food was very good. There were 4 of us sharing a meal and having a wonderful time on a Friday night. The service seemed very rushed, but the restaurant was busy, so I didn't think anything of it. When my friend asked for a glass of dessert wine after the bill arrived, the hostess REFUSED! We couldn't believe it! She said that there was a wait for our table and they closed in an hour and a half so they wanted to turn over our table. We had only been there 45 minutes and In my life I've never been told by a hostess to basically HURRY UP AND LEAVE! I mean - come on - we live in New York City where new, good restaurants sprout up each day - I don't care who they are, they can't treat customers like they should be honored to be allowed to eat their food. Our bill was $287 - not chump change to be hustled out the door. You know that saying, "One dissatisfied customer tells at least 10 people about their experience"...well, it's my mission to tell everyone NOT TO GIVE THIS RESTAURANT YOUR BUSINESS! Go someplace where they'll appreciate that you chose to spend your time and money there.

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★☆☆☆☆

We just experienced the absolute WORST service at this restaurant!! I'll be fair and say the food was very good. There were 4 of us sharing a meal and having a wonderful time on a Friday night. The service seemed very rushed, but the restaurant was busy, so I didn't think anything of it. When my friend asked for a glass of dessert wine after the bill arrived, the hostess REFUSED! We couldn't believe it! She said that there was a wait for our table and they closed in an hour and a half so they wanted to turn over our table. We had only been there 45 minutes and In my life I've never been told by a hostess to basically HURRY UP AND LEAVE! I mean - come on - we live in New York City where new, good restaurants sprout up each day - I don't care who they are, they can't treat customers like they should be honored to be allowed to eat their food. Our bill was $287 - not chump change to be hustled out the door. You know that saying, "One dissatisfied customer tells at least 10 people about their experience"...well, it's my mission to tell everyone NOT TO GIVE THIS RESTAURANT YOUR BUSINESS! Go someplace where they'll appreciate that you chose to spend your time and money there.

Pros: Good neighborhood

Cons: Incredibly rude service, very long wait

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He was like finding the "Pearl" in the Oyster, always a pleasure. His personality made good food that much better.

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★★★★☆

He was like finding the "Pearl" in the Oyster, always a pleasure. His personality made good food that much better.

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I have been to most of the pretenders to the lobster shack throne but the first--Pearl--is still the best; not to mention the best buy. They have an incredible wine list; especially for the price. The prices may creep up but never jump up. We eat there once a week and I have to say that I can not think of another restaurant that has turned out such consistantly fine food so many years in a row. My new favorite is a Caesar salad followed by sinfully creamy mussels with a side of fries. A friend was able to tear herself away from the lobster roll for one night (and if you can do this, you are rewarded by the other dishes) to have the most delicious, juicy, sweet scallops I have ever tasted. (We could have done with one more but it was only $22 with a heaping side of vegetables--where do you get scallops that good that cheap, right?) I could use a new dessert but other than that, perfection! PS-to the sick WVillager, it's too easy to blame a fish joint for your illness. I've eaten there for 8 straight years and never gotten sick.

2
★★★★★

I have been to most of the pretenders to the lobster shack throne but the first--Pearl--is still the best; not to mention the best buy. They have an incredible wine list; especially for the price. The prices may creep up but never jump up. We eat there once a week and I have to say that I can not think of another restaurant that has turned out such consistantly fine food so many years in a row. My new favorite is a Caesar salad followed by sinfully creamy mussels with a side of fries. A friend was able to tear herself away from the lobster roll for one night (and if you can do this, you are rewarded by the other dishes) to have the most delicious, juicy, sweet scallops I have ever tasted. (We could have done with one more but it was only $22 with a heaping side of vegetables--where do you get scallops that good that cheap, right?) I could use a new dessert but other than that, perfection! PS-to the sick WVillager, it's too easy to blame a fish joint for your illness. I've eaten there for 8 straight years and never gotten sick.

Pros: food, food, food!

Cons: it can be cramped and rushed but hard to complain with the prices, can't expect to sit there all night

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I went to eat at this Restaurant with my boyfriend, ate steamed clams, steamed lobster, and a lobster roll, and me and my boyfriend became violently ill from our meal that night, and the next morning. We clearly got food poisioning. I went into the restuarant 2 days later, spoke with the Manager Edward, and he hesitantly said he would refund me for my entire bill (over $100), considering i even had to miss a day of work from being ill. When I recieved my credit card statement, i was only refunded 10.00. I called the restaurant when i relaized this, spoke with the Owner, Rebecca, who was extremely rude, and she refused to give me a refund, even though i was originally promissed one the day i came into the Restaurant. She had little concern to the fact i was ill, or doing anything to make up for my illness. she did not even apologize.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to eat at this Restaurant with my boyfriend, ate steamed clams, steamed lobster, and a lobster roll, and me and my boyfriend became violently ill from our meal that night, and the next morning. We clearly got food poisioning. I went into the restuarant 2 days later, spoke with the Manager Edward, and he hesitantly said he would refund me for my entire bill (over $100), considering i even had to miss a day of work from being ill. When I recieved my credit card statement, i was only refunded 10.00. I called the restaurant when i relaized this, spoke with the Owner, Rebecca, who was extremely rude, and she refused to give me a refund, even though i was originally promissed one the day i came into the Restaurant. She had little concern to the fact i was ill, or doing anything to make up for my illness. she did not even apologize.

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Great place. Had dinner last week and wasn't that hungry so I had clam chowder. I tried the lobster roll, that was amazing. Gets crowded!

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★★★☆☆

Great place. Had dinner last week and wasn't that hungry so I had clam chowder. I tried the lobster roll, that was amazing. Gets crowded!

Pros: boston in the village

Cons: can be a little greasy

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Everything I've had here is good, but I can't seem to separate myself from their tasty lobster roll.

I love sitting at the counter too. Nice ambiance. Everyone there seems so happy and in to the food.

Fried oysters, yummy. Raw oysters, yummy. Nice chowder.

I really need to try their steamed whole fish sometime...

2
★★★★★

Everything I've had here is good, but I can't seem to separate myself from their tasty lobster roll.

I love sitting at the counter too. Nice ambiance. Everyone there seems so happy and in to the food.

Fried oysters, yummy. Raw oysters, yummy. Nice chowder.

I really need to try their steamed whole fish sometime...

Pros: lobster roll, lobster roll, energy of the place, lobster roll, oysters, lobster roll

Cons: I do NOT like their fries!

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I went to dinner with a friend on Saturday night. After waiting 45 minutes for a table we were packed into a small table in the back. We were constantly being rushed! The server tried to take away our oysters before we had finished (there was one oyster clearly sitting there in its shell). In his rush he knocked over my friends glass of champagne and then quizzed us about how much was left in the glass. It was half full and he brough back a half glass of champgane for her. Give me a break! You knocked over her drink - bring a new one! Then they took away my lobster roll before I finished and took the desert away as soon as I put my spoon down. They brought us the check while the desert was still on the table and processed it before my companion's glass of port had even been touched. I understand they are busy but when you pay $125 for dinner for two they should at least give you the table for an hour.
Food was decent but service destroyed the evening.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to dinner with a friend on Saturday night. After waiting 45 minutes for a table we were packed into a small table in the back. We were constantly being rushed! The server tried to take away our oysters before we had finished (there was one oyster clearly sitting there in its shell). In his rush he knocked over my friends glass of champagne and then quizzed us about how much was left in the glass. It was half full and he brough back a half glass of champgane for her. Give me a break! You knocked over her drink - bring a new one! Then they took away my lobster roll before I finished and took the desert away as soon as I put my spoon down. They brought us the check while the desert was still on the table and processed it before my companion's glass of port had even been touched. I understand they are busy but when you pay $125 for dinner for two they should at least give you the table for an hour.
Food was decent but service destroyed the evening.

Pros: Good location, decent seafood

Cons: Lousy service, overpriced

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My girlfriend took me here and waited in line for an hour. The hostess was very nice and entertaining and made it seem like we were her top priority. I suggest arriving here at 5:45, as the lines start to form around then, as everyone awaits for the famous lobster rolls and oysters. One bowl of their delicious clam chowder with bacon chunks is not enough for the average person's taste buds, as you'll definitly be craving for more. Lobster rolls and shoe string fries combination are truly made in heaven. And definitly try this dish with a glass of white wine - it's the perfect touch for anyone's taste.

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★★★★★

My girlfriend took me here and waited in line for an hour. The hostess was very nice and entertaining and made it seem like we were her top priority. I suggest arriving here at 5:45, as the lines start to form around then, as everyone awaits for the famous lobster rolls and oysters. One bowl of their delicious clam chowder with bacon chunks is not enough for the average person's taste buds, as you'll definitly be craving for more. Lobster rolls and shoe string fries combination are truly made in heaven. And definitly try this dish with a glass of white wine - it's the perfect touch for anyone's taste.

Pros: Excellent varieties of seafood dishes

Cons: Waiting in line

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Went a while ago but i loved how they cooked the fish. It was fresh and absolutely delish. Their mussels weren't shabby either. Place was super small; and the wait to be seated was insane. Be prepared to wait over 1 hour on Saturday (or maybe arrive earlier - we were there at about 7ish). Price is also decent for fresh seafood.

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★★★★☆

Went a while ago but i loved how they cooked the fish. It was fresh and absolutely delish. Their mussels weren't shabby either. Place was super small; and the wait to be seated was insane. Be prepared to wait over 1 hour on Saturday (or maybe arrive earlier - we were there at about 7ish). Price is also decent for fresh seafood.

Pros: Fresh seafood

Cons: Long wait

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I had been longing to try Pearl Oyster Bar for some time now, especially within the last week and decided to head over on a Monday night at 9...I know, seafood deliveries typically happen 2 times a week and Mondays are supposed to be one of the worst nights to have seafood, but I had to try it and was not patient enough to wait on one of the busier nights. We did have to wait a little bit, but the host was very good about keeping us posted as to the status of our table. Our server was wonderful, she was sweet and charming.. We were going to order 2 apps of the fried oysters, but she recommended that we go w/ a dozen b/c then they would throw in a few extra (baker's dozen). Highlights would include: Fried Oysters (we ordered a baker's dozen b/w the 4 of us, then an additional 1/2 dozen b/c we loved them so much), Steamers (very fresh, I prefer it w/ just lemon, no butter), Lobster Roll (fresh and plentiful), and Sundae (ooh the hot fudge) for dessert. Honorable mentions: New England Clam Chowder was different, but delicious. The salt-crusted shrimp app was ok, I wouldn't order it again. Next time, I'll definitely be getting the fried oysters, fried oysters, clam chowder, and fresh fish (looked great on other tables so I have to try it) :)

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★★★★★

I had been longing to try Pearl Oyster Bar for some time now, especially within the last week and decided to head over on a Monday night at 9...I know, seafood deliveries typically happen 2 times a week and Mondays are supposed to be one of the worst nights to have seafood, but I had to try it and was not patient enough to wait on one of the busier nights. We did have to wait a little bit, but the host was very good about keeping us posted as to the status of our table. Our server was wonderful, she was sweet and charming.. We were going to order 2 apps of the fried oysters, but she recommended that we go w/ a dozen b/c then they would throw in a few extra (baker's dozen). Highlights would include: Fried Oysters (we ordered a baker's dozen b/w the 4 of us, then an additional 1/2 dozen b/c we loved them so much), Steamers (very fresh, I prefer it w/ just lemon, no butter), Lobster Roll (fresh and plentiful), and Sundae (ooh the hot fudge) for dessert. Honorable mentions: New England Clam Chowder was different, but delicious. The salt-crusted shrimp app was ok, I wouldn't order it again. Next time, I'll definitely be getting the fried oysters, fried oysters, clam chowder, and fresh fish (looked great on other tables so I have to try it) :)

Pros: Addictive Oysters

Cons: Salt-Crusted Shrimp were just ok

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The sauce in the mussels (cream, scallions, who knows what else) is fantastic and makes you want to order basket after basket of bread to sop it up...

Delicious, meaty lobster rolls taste like the real thing...the fries are a little annoying (make sure you use vinegar) but the lobster more than makes up for it... I would say that Mary's Fish Camp and Pearl run neck and neck as the best in the City

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★★★★★

The sauce in the mussels (cream, scallions, who knows what else) is fantastic and makes you want to order basket after basket of bread to sop it up...

Delicious, meaty lobster rolls taste like the real thing...the fries are a little annoying (make sure you use vinegar) but the lobster more than makes up for it... I would say that Mary's Fish Camp and Pearl run neck and neck as the best in the City

Pros: Lobster rolls, small - New England village like setting...

Cons: Long waits

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Ambience was exceptional!!! And I can't believe I did this, but I actually waited on line in the rain. That's right: in the rain !!! Let me tell you something...the people on line were as nice as the food was succulent!!! When the employee came out to ask me how many were in my party, and I asked him how long before I'd be eating, he had it within 10 seconds, and his prediction was in OUR FAVOR, by 10 minutes!!! Everything was exceptional. Food, service and atmosphere. Lobster rolls rule, as does the raw oysters,, along with the fried mussels. The sauce the mussels came in was spectacular. I cannot wait to go back.

2
★★★★★

Ambience was exceptional!!! And I can't believe I did this, but I actually waited on line in the rain. That's right: in the rain !!! Let me tell you something...the people on line were as nice as the food was succulent!!! When the employee came out to ask me how many were in my party, and I asked him how long before I'd be eating, he had it within 10 seconds, and his prediction was in OUR FAVOR, by 10 minutes!!! Everything was exceptional. Food, service and atmosphere. Lobster rolls rule, as does the raw oysters,, along with the fried mussels. The sauce the mussels came in was spectacular. I cannot wait to go back.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Zero

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They really do serve the most perfect lobster roll imaginable. I found the Ceaser salad a bit bland, but they were tempered by the totally scrumptious salt-crusted shrimp with the OUTRAGEOUS homemade tarter sauce. But the lobster roll, just get the lobster roll. Possibly the perfect food.

For the best experience I'd recommend going for lunch-- there's no line, the service is relaxed, and the food is just as good.

2
★★★★★

They really do serve the most perfect lobster roll imaginable. I found the Ceaser salad a bit bland, but they were tempered by the totally scrumptious salt-crusted shrimp with the OUTRAGEOUS homemade tarter sauce. But the lobster roll, just get the lobster roll. Possibly the perfect food.

For the best experience I'd recommend going for lunch-- there's no line, the service is relaxed, and the food is just as good.

Pros: Lobster roll!

Cons: Service can get distracted

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There isn't a question about it. I've eaten at all the big lobster roll joints in NYC, and while lobster rolls are never bad, they're at their best at Pearl. HUGE chunks of perfect lobster smothered in their special mayonnaise. It is no coincidence I chose this place to be the dinner on the night I proposed to my wife. I got her so giddy with the delicious food that she actually said "Yes." The fries are quite good, the beer and wine are nice, and I understand the seafood is quite delicious. But, c'mon. If you're coming here and you don't at least try the lobster roll, you're almost as crazy as that reviewer who thought it had too many chunks of lobster.

2
★★★★★

There isn't a question about it. I've eaten at all the big lobster roll joints in NYC, and while lobster rolls are never bad, they're at their best at Pearl. HUGE chunks of perfect lobster smothered in their special mayonnaise. It is no coincidence I chose this place to be the dinner on the night I proposed to my wife. I got her so giddy with the delicious food that she actually said "Yes." The fries are quite good, the beer and wine are nice, and I understand the seafood is quite delicious. But, c'mon. If you're coming here and you don't at least try the lobster roll, you're almost as crazy as that reviewer who thought it had too many chunks of lobster.

Pros: LOOOOOBSTER!!!!!!! Also beer. BUT LOOOOOOBSTEERRRRRRR!!!!

Cons: Price, size of joint, unpleasant and sizable people in line behind you

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Well, actually it's a tie. Mary's Fish Camp has a terrific lobster roll as well, and a really cool atmosphere. Attention Lobster Roll Bashers: Unless you are a fan of the traditional, New England Lobster Roll, or Lobster meat in general, you will probably not be "wowed" by Pearl Oyster Bar. However, if you are like me, and LOVE lobster, and crave a good lobster roll, then this place is The Best. I just got a L.R. in Hoboken (Brass Rail, $18) and it absolutely paled in comparison. Pearl's rocks.

2
★★★★★

Well, actually it's a tie. Mary's Fish Camp has a terrific lobster roll as well, and a really cool atmosphere. Attention Lobster Roll Bashers: Unless you are a fan of the traditional, New England Lobster Roll, or Lobster meat in general, you will probably not be "wowed" by Pearl Oyster Bar. However, if you are like me, and LOVE lobster, and crave a good lobster roll, then this place is The Best. I just got a L.R. in Hoboken (Brass Rail, $18) and it absolutely paled in comparison. Pearl's rocks.

Pros: Great Food (try the Crispy oysters)

Cons: Tight quarters

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I'm sorry gc315, but I have to take issue with anyone who thinks a lobster roll filled with "just lobster chunks" is a bad thing. I'm not missing the oodles of celery and other amorphous ingredients most places use as fillers to plump their otherwise limp rolls. The point of the fabulous Pearl lobster roll is that the texture, consistency, and flavor is so perfect you don't need the fillers. It's like an entire lobster tail in each roll. As a lobster lover, I will never complain about having to eat too many tasty chunks of lobster! Pearl is a can't miss for a delicious, casual seafood meal. The prices are actually pretty low for a great meal in the city and I've made friends while waiting in line at 5pm for this place to open at 6!

2
★★★★★

I'm sorry gc315, but I have to take issue with anyone who thinks a lobster roll filled with "just lobster chunks" is a bad thing. I'm not missing the oodles of celery and other amorphous ingredients most places use as fillers to plump their otherwise limp rolls. The point of the fabulous Pearl lobster roll is that the texture, consistency, and flavor is so perfect you don't need the fillers. It's like an entire lobster tail in each roll. As a lobster lover, I will never complain about having to eat too many tasty chunks of lobster! Pearl is a can't miss for a delicious, casual seafood meal. The prices are actually pretty low for a great meal in the city and I've made friends while waiting in line at 5pm for this place to open at 6!

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The last review by Alxsuh was right on the dot. The place didn't wow me. I heard a lot of hype about their Lobster Rolls but when I tried it I thought it was just lobster chunks in mayo on a roll. I've had better tuna sandwiches. There was nothing special about it. I thought maybe it was just my preference. So the next time I went, I ordered a broiled whole lobster which is how I like it. The lobster was not very fresh or tasty. No wonder they make lobster rolls! Their clam chowder was just that..clam chowder. Not too tasty, not horrible, but I've had better. Their food is a little bland and doesn't have too much seafood flavor. The part that cinches the deal with this place is that prices are rather high and so is the wait.

1
★★★☆☆

The last review by Alxsuh was right on the dot. The place didn't wow me. I heard a lot of hype about their Lobster Rolls but when I tried it I thought it was just lobster chunks in mayo on a roll. I've had better tuna sandwiches. There was nothing special about it. I thought maybe it was just my preference. So the next time I went, I ordered a broiled whole lobster which is how I like it. The lobster was not very fresh or tasty. No wonder they make lobster rolls! Their clam chowder was just that..clam chowder. Not too tasty, not horrible, but I've had better. Their food is a little bland and doesn't have too much seafood flavor. The part that cinches the deal with this place is that prices are rather high and so is the wait.

Cons: Just okay, Rather expensive

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Heard so much about it so it did not live up to it's expectations but alas I think I'm starting to catch onto to a theme for rating restaturants. The scene always trumps the food. As long as the food is decent and nothing to write anything negative about, the scene is what makes or breaks the place. Don't get me wrong, the lobster roll was fine, but all it is is steamed lobster in mayo on a roll. Compared to cheap lobster roll joints up in New England, here, they use a good roll and good quality mayo, so it is quite good. But it's just a lobster roll. you can't really screw it up, nor can you really make it outstanding. The clam chowder was , again, good but nothing memorable. Just good. The scene & staff are very nice as well. The price is TOO STEEP however.

1
★★★☆☆

Heard so much about it so it did not live up to it's expectations but alas I think I'm starting to catch onto to a theme for rating restaturants. The scene always trumps the food. As long as the food is decent and nothing to write anything negative about, the scene is what makes or breaks the place. Don't get me wrong, the lobster roll was fine, but all it is is steamed lobster in mayo on a roll. Compared to cheap lobster roll joints up in New England, here, they use a good roll and good quality mayo, so it is quite good. But it's just a lobster roll. you can't really screw it up, nor can you really make it outstanding. The clam chowder was , again, good but nothing memorable. Just good. The scene & staff are very nice as well. The price is TOO STEEP however.

Pros: Atmosphere, Staff, Reliable

Cons: Price, Norrmal food

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The line begins to form outside half an hour before opening time but it's well worth the wait. The lobster rolls are superb, and so is the grilled fish. Dessert is good too, but my fiance and I've managed to eat dessert here only once or twice in all the years - we're usually too full for dessert after the meal.

2
★★★★☆

The line begins to form outside half an hour before opening time but it's well worth the wait. The lobster rolls are superb, and so is the grilled fish. Dessert is good too, but my fiance and I've managed to eat dessert here only once or twice in all the years - we're usually too full for dessert after the meal.

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I had been meaning to dine at Pearl Oyster Bar for a while but was intimidated by the no-reservations / long-lines rumors. Taking a stroll downtown today, my boyfriend and I happened upon a line that was half a block long. It turns out the restaurant was 15 minutes away from opening (at 6pm) and devoted diners were willing to wait it out. We joined the line and weren't disappointed. Almost fast-food-esque in its ambience and service (we sat at a counter which was fun!), we found this place to be perfect for a casual dinner. Food came out fast - we started with an unbelievably delicious New England clam chowder (served with bacon!) and chowed down on the incredible lobster rolls: best ones we've ever had! We walked out the door only about 40 minutes later - completely satiated. A must try!

2
★★★★★

I had been meaning to dine at Pearl Oyster Bar for a while but was intimidated by the no-reservations / long-lines rumors. Taking a stroll downtown today, my boyfriend and I happened upon a line that was half a block long. It turns out the restaurant was 15 minutes away from opening (at 6pm) and devoted diners were willing to wait it out. We joined the line and weren't disappointed. Almost fast-food-esque in its ambience and service (we sat at a counter which was fun!), we found this place to be perfect for a casual dinner. Food came out fast - we started with an unbelievably delicious New England clam chowder (served with bacon!) and chowed down on the incredible lobster rolls: best ones we've ever had! We walked out the door only about 40 minutes later - completely satiated. A must try!

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i've eaten at pearl for years. i refuse to try marys fishcamp....i refuse to commit to the expanded room (although its great!)..im addicted...i arrive at 5:45pm (in the existing line) and wait patiently for the floodgates to open. we (2) sit at the bar (as usual) this evening, order a bottle of wine, we only had 2 apps and shared a lobster roll, whatever...everything was rushed out to us as if they wanted us to eat and go. i've worked in restaurants for 10 (min) years and i've never rushed a paying customer out of my restaurants (w exceptions known to other chefs w/out going into detail). ok, i'm rambling.., years of great experiences at pearl...allow people to finish their meal in peace and in good time bcause most of them understand and arent camping out (no pun)...keep up the good food, just allow us time to eat it...thanks

2
★★★★☆

i've eaten at pearl for years. i refuse to try marys fishcamp....i refuse to commit to the expanded room (although its great!)..im addicted...i arrive at 5:45pm (in the existing line) and wait patiently for the floodgates to open. we (2) sit at the bar (as usual) this evening, order a bottle of wine, we only had 2 apps and shared a lobster roll, whatever...everything was rushed out to us as if they wanted us to eat and go. i've worked in restaurants for 10 (min) years and i've never rushed a paying customer out of my restaurants (w exceptions known to other chefs w/out going into detail). ok, i'm rambling.., years of great experiences at pearl...allow people to finish their meal in peace and in good time bcause most of them understand and arent camping out (no pun)...keep up the good food, just allow us time to eat it...thanks

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As we wondered around the Village on a warm Friday afternoon in search of a lunch spot we found the Pearl. We were seated immediately and informed that the kitchen closed in 10 minutes but we could take as long to eat as we wanted. We opted for a lobster roll and the salted shrimp. The lobster roll was to die for full of lobster chunks and a delicious sauce. The shrimp were flash fried in their shell and wonderfully seasoned! The fries were very thin and crisp and were a big hit for a couple that are not big french fry fans! All in all a nice dining expereince and will visit again on our next trip to NYC

2
★★★★★

As we wondered around the Village on a warm Friday afternoon in search of a lunch spot we found the Pearl. We were seated immediately and informed that the kitchen closed in 10 minutes but we could take as long to eat as we wanted. We opted for a lobster roll and the salted shrimp. The lobster roll was to die for full of lobster chunks and a delicious sauce. The shrimp were flash fried in their shell and wonderfully seasoned! The fries were very thin and crisp and were a big hit for a couple that are not big french fry fans! All in all a nice dining expereince and will visit again on our next trip to NYC

Pros: lobster roll , fries

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Having heard great things about this restaurant - "charming", "cozy","friendly", "fabulous seafood", imagine our surprise when we were unceremoniously asked to "hurry up, because people are waiting for a table"!! With a limited menu of about twelve items, it would seem to me that even the seriously detached waitstaff could pull off some courteous service at 6:00PM (opening time) on a summer Monday night! The food was adequate at best, the owner tense and grim, and the staff borderline surly. Apparently the "host" doubles as bouncer, since it was his job to ask us to leave during our dessert . With all of the fabulous restaurants in New York, it is absolute arrogance to treat a three person, (three hundred dollar) tab so shabbily! I'll take a street vendor before I visit Pearl again.
PS. The only people waiting were seated at the bar - not throngs clogging the sidewalk.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Having heard great things about this restaurant - "charming", "cozy","friendly", "fabulous seafood", imagine our surprise when we were unceremoniously asked to "hurry up, because people are waiting for a table"!! With a limited menu of about twelve items, it would seem to me that even the seriously detached waitstaff could pull off some courteous service at 6:00PM (opening time) on a summer Monday night! The food was adequate at best, the owner tense and grim, and the staff borderline surly. Apparently the "host" doubles as bouncer, since it was his job to ask us to leave during our dessert . With all of the fabulous restaurants in New York, it is absolute arrogance to treat a three person, (three hundred dollar) tab so shabbily! I'll take a street vendor before I visit Pearl again.
PS. The only people waiting were seated at the bar - not throngs clogging the sidewalk.

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We had heard that this place was great, but after reading some of the reviews here, we went expecting the worst. It is small and busy, but we found the service to be excellent. The maitre d accurately told us how long the wait would be, told us to come back at a particular time, and we went down the street for a drink while we waited. When we returned we were seated immediately. I don't know what else you could ask for. And the food is delicious. For what it is, it is just perfect.

2
★★★★★

We had heard that this place was great, but after reading some of the reviews here, we went expecting the worst. It is small and busy, but we found the service to be excellent. The maitre d accurately told us how long the wait would be, told us to come back at a particular time, and we went down the street for a drink while we waited. When we returned we were seated immediately. I don't know what else you could ask for. And the food is delicious. For what it is, it is just perfect.

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What a disappointment!! It's called OYSTER BAR, and yet no oyster selection at all! You order 6 or 12. Which other "oyster bar" does this? That's like going to a wine bar, and all you can get is a house red.

Rushed, uncomfy. Yes, they absolutely not let you take your time to eat. The waiter actually won't let us order appertizer first ("all food requests must stay within one order"). Also can't change our mind 5 min after we order ("food is already on its way, people're waiting"). Are we at McDonald?

Food is decent, but then so are all the restaurants on this street. Not cheap, very limited selection. Long wait. Cramped, loud, hectic. I'm not going back. It's not worth dealing with them. Go to the little French restaurant next door, and you'll have much better seafood.

Pearl Oyster Bar should really thank their PR person.

1
★★★☆☆

What a disappointment!! It's called OYSTER BAR, and yet no oyster selection at all! You order 6 or 12. Which other "oyster bar" does this? That's like going to a wine bar, and all you can get is a house red.

Rushed, uncomfy. Yes, they absolutely not let you take your time to eat. The waiter actually won't let us order appertizer first ("all food requests must stay within one order"). Also can't change our mind 5 min after we order ("food is already on its way, people're waiting"). Are we at McDonald?

Food is decent, but then so are all the restaurants on this street. Not cheap, very limited selection. Long wait. Cramped, loud, hectic. I'm not going back. It's not worth dealing with them. Go to the little French restaurant next door, and you'll have much better seafood.

Pearl Oyster Bar should really thank their PR person.

Pros: Location, Decent food

Cons: Bad service, Overpriced, overhyped, No oyster selection

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Food is greaaat! The place is too tight. servers constantly bump into you and often you have to move around so that they can get by. Server are somewhat indifferent without smiling, possibly too busy and overworked. If you can overlook all that (I do), then definitely give it a try.

2
★★★★☆

Food is greaaat! The place is too tight. servers constantly bump into you and often you have to move around so that they can get by. Server are somewhat indifferent without smiling, possibly too busy and overworked. If you can overlook all that (I do), then definitely give it a try.

Pros: food

Cons: somewhat pricey, service, space

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i believe this place was better when it was a quaint little shack with the freshest lobster and best tasting lobster roll in all of manhattan. i think it's lost some of that charm and mystique with the expansion. they definitely rush you out as well...

1
★★★☆☆

i believe this place was better when it was a quaint little shack with the freshest lobster and best tasting lobster roll in all of manhattan. i think it's lost some of that charm and mystique with the expansion. they definitely rush you out as well...

Pros: fresh seafood, lobster roll, PEI mussels

Cons: rushed out, hard to get to

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Having dined at Pearl numerous times over the past few years, most recently January 2005, I can honestly say this restaurant has declined in service and quality of food. The service was always hurried and a bit rude, but the food was fantastic, so we were always able to overlook that. Being from Massachusetts, it was the only place in NYC to get that lobster shack style food. Much, much better food and service before the expansion of the restaurant.

2
★★★★☆

Having dined at Pearl numerous times over the past few years, most recently January 2005, I can honestly say this restaurant has declined in service and quality of food. The service was always hurried and a bit rude, but the food was fantastic, so we were always able to overlook that. Being from Massachusetts, it was the only place in NYC to get that lobster shack style food. Much, much better food and service before the expansion of the restaurant.

Pros: lobster roll, fried oysters, NYC

Cons: rude service, hurried

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Disappointing menu selection. Small serving portions. Pricey. The seating is very cramped b/c it's not called a bar for nothing. Unless you're in a 2+ group you'll likely end up eating on the bar.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Disappointing menu selection. Small serving portions. Pricey. The seating is very cramped b/c it's not called a bar for nothing. Unless you're in a 2+ group you'll likely end up eating on the bar.

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I've been to Pearl's several times, and always had outstanding food, good service, and a terrific time. They have the best steamers in town, fresh oysters, and delicious lobster rolls. I've seen comments about rude service but never experienced it myself. If you're in the mood for Massachusetts-style seafood, the fried oysters, oysters on the half shell, clams, lobster rolls, fish specials and ice cream sundaes hit the spot every time.

2
★★★★☆

I've been to Pearl's several times, and always had outstanding food, good service, and a terrific time. They have the best steamers in town, fresh oysters, and delicious lobster rolls. I've seen comments about rude service but never experienced it myself. If you're in the mood for Massachusetts-style seafood, the fried oysters, oysters on the half shell, clams, lobster rolls, fish specials and ice cream sundaes hit the spot every time.

Pros: terrific seafood, lobster, wines by the glass

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Take a tip from the Mermaid Inn... there is a way to run a busy, popular seafood restaurant where you are able to turn tables without making your guests (the people who pay your pricey rent) feel like dirt. When the chef heard why we were leaving (angry, aggressive server, indifferent attitude), she shrugged her shoulders and said "I don't care." Enough said.

1
★★☆☆☆

Take a tip from the Mermaid Inn... there is a way to run a busy, popular seafood restaurant where you are able to turn tables without making your guests (the people who pay your pricey rent) feel like dirt. When the chef heard why we were leaving (angry, aggressive server, indifferent attitude), she shrugged her shoulders and said "I don't care." Enough said.

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After having dinner on Tuesday night, we asked for 2 more drinks. instead of dessert. Suddenly the manager, came to our table yelling "absolutely no way we can have a drink after dinner becuase he has tables waiting" Just to be clear we spent over $70 and had 1 drink each, we used the table for about 1hour and 15 minutes. I HAVE NEVER NEVER BEEN ASKED TO LEAVE SO A RESTUARANT CAN TURN TABLES. THESE RUDE PROFIT OBSESSED POEPLE WILL LOOSE THEIR BUSINESS CLIENT BY CLIENT. I WILL NEVER BE BACK, AND WILL GO OUT OF MY WAY TO BE SURE ANYONE I KNOW WILL NEVER GO THERE. IT WAS AWFUL AND THE FOOD WASN'T EVEN WORTH IT!

0
★☆☆☆☆

After having dinner on Tuesday night, we asked for 2 more drinks. instead of dessert. Suddenly the manager, came to our table yelling "absolutely no way we can have a drink after dinner becuase he has tables waiting" Just to be clear we spent over $70 and had 1 drink each, we used the table for about 1hour and 15 minutes. I HAVE NEVER NEVER BEEN ASKED TO LEAVE SO A RESTUARANT CAN TURN TABLES. THESE RUDE PROFIT OBSESSED POEPLE WILL LOOSE THEIR BUSINESS CLIENT BY CLIENT. I WILL NEVER BE BACK, AND WILL GO OUT OF MY WAY TO BE SURE ANYONE I KNOW WILL NEVER GO THERE. IT WAS AWFUL AND THE FOOD WASN'T EVEN WORTH IT!

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Despite some negative reviews on citysearch I said to myself, "Probably just a fluke, I heard they are excellent". So my girlfriend and I went early (6-ish) to beat the crowd on a Friday night. We were greeted by a super RUDE bartendress/waitress who told us to "Just go next door, there's a table in there!" Once we sat down, the same rude waitress came by, spoke at us like an auctioneer at an auction block, her words tumbling out so quickly I had no idea what she said. At the end of our meal, she came up to us as we were taking our last sips of beer and said "Could you finish your beers by the window? I need your table for a four-top!" RUDE RUDE RUDE. NEVER WILL I GO AGAIN. Plus, THE FOOD AIN'T ALL THAT!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Despite some negative reviews on citysearch I said to myself, "Probably just a fluke, I heard they are excellent". So my girlfriend and I went early (6-ish) to beat the crowd on a Friday night. We were greeted by a super RUDE bartendress/waitress who told us to "Just go next door, there's a table in there!" Once we sat down, the same rude waitress came by, spoke at us like an auctioneer at an auction block, her words tumbling out so quickly I had no idea what she said. At the end of our meal, she came up to us as we were taking our last sips of beer and said "Could you finish your beers by the window? I need your table for a four-top!" RUDE RUDE RUDE. NEVER WILL I GO AGAIN. Plus, THE FOOD AIN'T ALL THAT!

Cons: , Average Food

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A couple of friends and I went to Pearl's to sample their lobster-rolls last night. After 3 or 4 walk-bys, the hostess finally acknowledged my presence and informed me that there was a 25-minute wait. So, we decided to get a few drinks at the bar while waiting. After 5-minutes of trying to get the bartender's attention, she said in her most patronizing tone, "Sir, I will get to you when I've finished serving those customers who have already ordered." Fine. As I waited, a group-of-four walked in who wanted to eat at the bar. The hostess came up behind me and said, "Excuse-me, sir, these people would like to sit down and eat." Unbelievable! We walked right-out. Luckily, the night was rescued by the small fish restaurant at the T-section of Bleecker and Cornelia. Plus, the prices were A LOT less and the food and service were great.

0
★☆☆☆☆

A couple of friends and I went to Pearl's to sample their lobster-rolls last night. After 3 or 4 walk-bys, the hostess finally acknowledged my presence and informed me that there was a 25-minute wait. So, we decided to get a few drinks at the bar while waiting. After 5-minutes of trying to get the bartender's attention, she said in her most patronizing tone, "Sir, I will get to you when I've finished serving those customers who have already ordered." Fine. As I waited, a group-of-four walked in who wanted to eat at the bar. The hostess came up behind me and said, "Excuse-me, sir, these people would like to sit down and eat." Unbelievable! We walked right-out. Luckily, the night was rescued by the small fish restaurant at the T-section of Bleecker and Cornelia. Plus, the prices were A LOT less and the food and service were great.

Cons: , Rude Bartender, Long lines

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There are few tables; most likely, you'll be seated at the bar or on a stool facing the wall. The service is bad; the staff is hurried and rude. They should hire more staff or seat fewer people instead of making the experience a burden. Lobster roll is really good, but *anybody* can make a really good lobster roll -- it's chopped boiled lobster, mayonaisse, and celery, for God's sake. I also tasted a good sea bass and had a bowl of a good-tasting clam chowder (disappointingly there weren't any actual clam pieces in it, though). The prices are high considering the low overhead and small staff, and the dining experience is below average even if you are lucky enough to be seated at a table. If price is no object you'll get a very good lobster roll. But the price you pay will not only be in dollars...

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★★★☆☆

There are few tables; most likely, you'll be seated at the bar or on a stool facing the wall. The service is bad; the staff is hurried and rude. They should hire more staff or seat fewer people instead of making the experience a burden. Lobster roll is really good, but *anybody* can make a really good lobster roll -- it's chopped boiled lobster, mayonaisse, and celery, for God's sake. I also tasted a good sea bass and had a bowl of a good-tasting clam chowder (disappointingly there weren't any actual clam pieces in it, though). The prices are high considering the low overhead and small staff, and the dining experience is below average even if you are lucky enough to be seated at a table. If price is no object you'll get a very good lobster roll. But the price you pay will not only be in dollars...

Pros: most of the food

Cons: , ambience, value

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Went there at 6:30p on a Sat with 2 friends to find all tables full with 1 party of 4 waiting. Was told by the hostess, who greeted us with contempt, that we couldn't get a table until 8p. It seemed strange considering there weren't many people waiting. We heard the food was good & decided to stay anyway hoping to be seated earlier. We asked the bartender for drinks, who told us to go through the hostess. When we asked her, she suggested we simply LEAVE and return at 8p, saying we'd get tired standing! Considering we were three polite women who just wanted to eat, we were stunned to essentially be told we weren't welcome by a rude and condescending hostess. Since they didn't need our business, we went next door the charming Le Gigot- amazing food and lovely service-highly recommended!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Went there at 6:30p on a Sat with 2 friends to find all tables full with 1 party of 4 waiting. Was told by the hostess, who greeted us with contempt, that we couldn't get a table until 8p. It seemed strange considering there weren't many people waiting. We heard the food was good & decided to stay anyway hoping to be seated earlier. We asked the bartender for drinks, who told us to go through the hostess. When we asked her, she suggested we simply LEAVE and return at 8p, saying we'd get tired standing! Considering we were three polite women who just wanted to eat, we were stunned to essentially be told we weren't welcome by a rude and condescending hostess. Since they didn't need our business, we went next door the charming Le Gigot- amazing food and lovely service-highly recommended!!

Cons: , Where do I begin?

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I arrived for dinner at 6:30pm on a Saturday and was seated immediately at the bar. We ordered the (6) Little neck clams ($7.50) and the Crabcake ($12.50) for starters and we both had the "famous" Lobster Roll ($20) for our main course. Everything was tasty and I'm willing to wager that there was more than one lobster worth of meat in my lobster roll. Staff was friendly and helpful with suggestions.

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★★★★☆

I arrived for dinner at 6:30pm on a Saturday and was seated immediately at the bar. We ordered the (6) Little neck clams ($7.50) and the Crabcake ($12.50) for starters and we both had the "famous" Lobster Roll ($20) for our main course. Everything was tasty and I'm willing to wager that there was more than one lobster worth of meat in my lobster roll. Staff was friendly and helpful with suggestions.

Pros: Fresh seafood

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I ususally am a big fan of the hugely popular, highly recommended neighborhood restaurant. I was shocked at how disappointing my latest experience here was since reviews are so uniformly great. Then again maybe they've grown beyond their ability to maintain the high quality. At 7pm on a recent Friday evening the place was crowded but not prohibitively. We sat at the bar and were constantly bumped by the waitress flying past; had fabulously fresh raw oysters with pieces of shell in every bite; lobsters rolls were tasty but the large pieces of meat were tough; the apple crumble was excellent but the ice cream was over-frozen and the stench of frying oil was nearly unbearable. The bill for this (and 2 coffees, 1 glass of wine and 2 beers) was $85.00 ! So you decide.

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★★☆☆☆

I ususally am a big fan of the hugely popular, highly recommended neighborhood restaurant. I was shocked at how disappointing my latest experience here was since reviews are so uniformly great. Then again maybe they've grown beyond their ability to maintain the high quality. At 7pm on a recent Friday evening the place was crowded but not prohibitively. We sat at the bar and were constantly bumped by the waitress flying past; had fabulously fresh raw oysters with pieces of shell in every bite; lobsters rolls were tasty but the large pieces of meat were tough; the apple crumble was excellent but the ice cream was over-frozen and the stench of frying oil was nearly unbearable. The bill for this (and 2 coffees, 1 glass of wine and 2 beers) was $85.00 ! So you decide.

Pros: Fresh Food, Attentive Service

Cons: , Kitchen Smells, Harried Emvironment

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When this diminutive homage to seafood first opened, there was but one table and 20 or so seats at the cheery marble dining bar. Overwhelmingly popular, it has since expanded into the storefront next door. For those who crave an excursion…

 

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