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Pearl Oyster Bar

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
West Village
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18 Cornelia St, Frnt 2, New York City, NY 10014-4138
+1 212-691-8211
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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216 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Every time we visit New York we eat at Pearl - especially for my wife to have the lobster roll and shoestring fries - they are to die for! This time I had the New England clam chowder - only problem was that it wasn't big enough serve! You can't reserve seating at Pearl so be prepared to stand in... More 

Thank John j
Maui, Hawaii
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75 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a really fun place. It is not large, and sometimes you will have to wait, but it is worth it. The seafood is fantastic; high quality and fresh. Sitting at the bar was really fun and would do it next time. (yes there will be a next time) The bartender was friendly and very helpful. The bonus is... More 

Thank DSD91
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

If you're looking for oysters in a small, intimate place with character of an old New York neighborhood, go to Pearl. The lobster roll came highly recommended by someone and it was definitely amazing. Went there before we went to the Blue Note a few blocks away. Great wine list.

Thank Lolly V
Paris, France
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

I went on a Thursday night, no queue to get in and sat down immediately. Great, friendly service and lobster roll with shoestring fries was amazing. Slightly disappointed with the wine list, mostly mediocre French and Italian wines being sold at a high price by the glass. Such a shame as there are so many great wines from those regions... More 

Thank Catherine A
Anguilla, British West Indies
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158 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Pearl's is so much fun! The loose, comfortable, relaxed atmosphere with some history provides a perfect setting for a completely satisfying culinary experience. Fresh seafood? It doesn't get any better. Lobster? The lobster rolls are renowned. Home made pie? Terrific. We always sit at the marble topped bar where occasionally we glimpse into the tiny bustling kitchen. The chefs are... More 

Thank KarenGr
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197 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

If you want a great lobster roll in New York City and you are okay with eating in a noisy cramped atmosphere you will love this restaurant. The decor is fresh and modern New England.

Thank Joanne K
Reggio Emilia, Italy
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65 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Relaxed and convivial atmosphere, very friendly staff, delicious fried oysters and spectacular lobster roll! Right price.

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Westfield, New Jersey
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181 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

This small oyster bar has a limited menu that does what it does extremely well. The regular menu is augmented by blackboard specials that are fresh and tasty. They serve beer and wine and amazing oysters. It's clearly a local favorite with a good vibe.

Thank pcg123
New York, New York, United States
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

small unassuming restaurant w/ best seafood, lobster, pies, etc. no resv. wait about 20 min-1 hr. I have been there about 100 times in last 8 years, never a bad meal.

Thank David D
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Pearl was recommended to us by a real New Yorker as having the best lobster roll in the city. We don't have this in England at all. So desperate were we to sample the seafood we paced the block until opening having read the reviews that it gets busy. The lobster roll was packed full of delicious, flavoursome meat. The... More 

Thank Jodie W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$40
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 Cornelia St, Frnt 2, New York City, NY 10014-4138
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > West Village
  • Neighbourhood: West Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-691-8211

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West Village
Stretching from Sixth Avenue to the Hudson River, the West Village is one of the city’s most coveted addresses. Full of trendy shops, historic taverns, and cozy restaurants set amid 19th century architecture, this neighbourhood has a unique old-world feel. You won’t find a more picturesque location in Manhattan. Without the traditional city grid layout, it’s easy to get lost here, but that’s part of the fun as you stroll down elegant narrow streets with beautiful brownstones. When you need a break, you can always stop in at one of the many quaint eateries or cafes to soak in the atmosphere, or head to the western edge of the neighborhood to enjoy magnificent waterfront views while taking a leisurely walk in Hudson River Park.
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