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The James New York
27 Grand St.
Boutique hotel in a quieter part of SoHo. Rooms start at $299.
210 Spring St.
Upscale but casual restaurant specializing in seafood with an extensive raw bar and seasonal oyster list. Lunch entrees from $12.50, dinner entrees from $24.50.
280 Bleecker St.
Old-world tavern style raw bar and seafood house with well-prepared seafood dishes at budget prices. Angels on Horseback and Fried Oysters (with seaweed salad and ginger soy) appetizers $12. Single East Coast and West Coast oysters $1.25 to $2 apiece.
John Dory Oyster Bar
Adjoining the Ace Hotel at 29th Street. The Happy Hour special includes half-a-dozen oysters or clams and choice of sparkling wine or Oyster Stout ale for $15.
Grand Central Oyster Bar
87 E. 42nd St.
On the lower level of Grand Central Terminal. The raw bar menu includes a variety of 30 oysters from $1.95 to $3.95 each. The Medley of Shellfish platter includes 10 oysters, two clams, two jumbo shrimp, three New Zealand mussels and half a lobster for $46.25.