Oysters: The Guide to Getting Started

For New Years Eve I had the pleasure of joining friends to celebrate and toast the New Year at Gorgione, located in Soho.  As we waited for our table at the bar we couldn’t help but eye the wide range of oyster selections at the raw bar. After being seated and handed our menus we began to discuss the options we would choose from the raw bar, but not a one of us could competently suggest the difference between the options.

I realized as a connoisseur of oysters I usually blindly pick from the menu with hopes of enjoying the selection, and this experience showed me I’m not alone. I then decided to do a little research to prepare myself for my next visit to the raw bar.

The below oysters are the exact selection offered at Gorgione as well as a basic guide to the most common selection you’ll find in New York restaurants.

 

Kumamoto

Origin

Pugent Sound, Humboldt Bay, CA; and Baja, Mexico (by way of Japan)

Taste

Deep cupped with petite meats, have a mild brininis,  sweet flavor and a honey dew finish. Everyone likes them and a favorite of beginning oyster consumers.

 

Fanny Bay

Origin

Baynes Sound, Vancouver Island, Brittish Columbia

Taste

Have firm meats, a mild brininess, and a pronounced cucumber finish.

 

Skookum

Origin

South Pugent Sound, WA

Taste

Have soft meats with a buttery taste, and full-flavored muskiness

 

 

Blue Point

Origin

Anywhere in Long Island Sound and Connecticut

Taste

Has become so generic the flavor can vary. A true blue point has a firm, crips texture with a sweet aftertaste and a hint of salinity.

 

Malpeque

Origin

Malpeque Bay, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Taste

Tender meats with a crisp lettuce-like flavor high brininess and a clean sweet finish.

 

 

Fishers Island

Origin

Just off the coast of Connecticut

Taste

A clean finish with not a strong flavor. Starts out very salt and leaves no aftertaste other than sweetness.

 

 

Wellfleet

Origin

Wellfleet Harbor, Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts

Taste

Plump meats with a mild sweet flavor. High brininess and a crisp clean finish.

 

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2 Responses to “Oysters: The Guide to Getting Started”
  1. Fascinating Representation With Nice Photos!

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