L&W Oyster Co.

By Josh Bernstein

The fruits of the sea are the stars at this fun, quirky Flatiron District seafood shack, decorated with condiment-filled fry baskets, a vintage sign for Shell gas (are those bullet holes?), and on the walls, magnetic poetry. Seek out the tender, briny Montauk Pearl oysters; for a fun pairing, try them with a local beer such as Chelsea Brewing’s light Checker Cab Blonde or roasty, chocolaty Black Hole XXX Stout. The other raw selections are fresh and fantastic, including Thai-style fluke crudo and a mahi ceviche drizzled with kumquat-vanilla vinaigrette. For more substantial fare to share, look to crunchy shrimp corn dogs, foie gras bread pudding, and spicy crab sliders anointed with yuzu aioli. For your final course, dig into Brussels sprouts two ways—shaved raw and fried, then served à la Caesar salad—a challah-encased lobster BLT, and a wicked gooey mac and cheese filled with fat lumps of lobster.

the crowd

Couples sipping cocktails on their third dates sit beside girlfriends gossiping over glasses of wine and chilled oysters. The common thread? Everyone is here to have fun.

... on the side

pedigreed cookery
Former Per Se chef de partie David Belknap helped chef Jason Weiner develop the menu. Additionally, L&W’s owners also run the nearby Almond bistro.

on the stereo
Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” segues into selections from the XX, sultry Portishead-style jams, and even Suzanne Vega’s “99.9F°.”

Medium. The din can grow a bit loud at times.


Sunday 11am-9pm, Monday 12pm-10pm, Tuesday-Friday 12pm-11pm, and Saturday 11am-11pm

price range

$2 (little neck clam) to $29 (house-made cavatelli with rock shrimp “sausage”)