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.




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


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


Baynes Sound, Vancouver Island, Brittish Columbia


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




South Pugent Sound, WA


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



Blue Point


Anywhere in Long Island Sound and Connecticut


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 Bay, Prince Edward Island, Canada


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



Fishers Island


Just off the coast of Connecticut


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





Wellfleet Harbor, Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts


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


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

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