OysterFest: A Financial District Tradition

Events, Food & Drink
September 2, 2012 10:54 am

While Little Italy and Nolita turn into a tourist-jammed funnel cake haven during the Festival of San Gennaro, the Financial District will be busy getting classy with an oyster block party on Saturday, September 22nd.

The Stone Street Oyster Festival, now in its 9th year, is the biggest in New York City. (…And maybe the only?) It attracts a much younger, more attractive, and more local crowd than San Gennaro. September is a hip month to eat oysters in New York, you know (yes, seriously—just try to go to brunch without them in the summer or fall).

A few photos of last year’s party to whet your appetite:

oysterfest 2011oysterfest 2011Dishing oysters and crab cake sliders on Stone Street for Oysterfest
oysterfest 2011

Rohini enjoys a cold Guinness

oysterfest 2011

Crowded streets, great food

Dishing oysters and crab cake sliders on Stone Street for Oysterfest

Dishing oysters and crab cake sliders on Stone Street for Oysterfest

The festival secures a liquor license for the small two-block area of Stone Street in which the festival takes place, giving you the chance to drink outside in the last of the pre-winter months. (YES!) Expect to pay roughly $2 per oyster on the street, and $6-8 for a beer. For those who prefer to skip the oysters—or eat a more substantial meal before spending an entire Saturday consuming alcohol—can find crab cake sliders and even hot dogs and hamburgers.

-Tara

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