If they build it, we will come. I went anyway, and I strongly suggest you go too. If you like oysters. Beer. And a small intimate room complete with barn siding walls and rough hewn bar. Teeny tiny space, seating for about 20 with wood that’s all reclaimed 150 year old hemlock from…you guessed it…upstate.
East and West Coast bivalves, a raw bar, mussels in beer broth, a few cooked seafood entrees as well as cheese and charcuterie plates so even if you go with an oyster resistant pal, there’s much seasonal fare to partake in.
Shane Covey who previously owned the oyster bar/seafood restaurant Shaffer City on 21st Street has created this space with love plus some help from family and friends. It shows. It sparkles with a let’s get down with oysters and see what happens kinda vibe…
I’m intrigued that there’s no freezer so freshness is guaranteed. The menu will expand to brunch and late night but for now – pop over and inhale some draft beers, craft ales and oysters…There are about 12 selections, thankfully included are Kumamotos (!) as well as Tree Islands from Washington plus Wellfleet and Watch Hills from New England. Our neighbor to the north has not been left out, spotlighted was another old favorite, Tatamogouche from Nova Scotia. The offerings will rotate and if you want to pad the table with a bit more – the fettucine with clams, the mouth watering seared scallops or the grilled salmon with kale and white beans should do the trick.
More choices in all categories and satisfaction is yours for the asking – plus a small wine list from Italy, France, and California too. However, I’d reserve a place on that stage for the Keegans Mothers Milk Stout, a beautiful supporting act for the ever revered and legendary stars literally trodding the reclaimed boards – the oysters.
Upstate Craft Beer and Oyster Bar
95 First Avenue at Sixth Street
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