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2013 BEST Raw Bar

Neptune Oyster

Boston

It must be nice to be a pearl: just hang around inside an oyster for a while, getting shellacked until round and shiny. We feel similarly after a couple of hours at Neptune Oyster, quaffing glasses of chilled rose while… read more»

2012 BEST Raw Bar
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Neptune Oyster

Boston

To indulge in the enormous portion of oysters, crab claws, and lobster that seem to have emerged directly from the sea, you must first earn your place at the table: Add your name to the list. Throw cutthroat glances at… read more»

2011 BEST Raw Bar

Les Zygomates

Boston

Gleaming, deep-cup Island Creek oysters. Salty-sweet Wellfleets. Fleshy shrimp and crab so tender, they go down in one gulp. This is the ocean’s bounty as originally interpreted by way of French brasseries: an icy onslaught of shellfish that is mostly… read more»

2010 BEST Raw Bar
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Neptune Oyster

Boston

We have a few requirements for raw bars. First, the offerings must change daily. But more important, you should be able to see oysters getting shucked—no crafting shellfish towers behind closed doors. Neptune Oyster is a tiny North End restaurant… read more»

2005 BEST Raw Bar, Cape Cod

The Naked Oyster

Hyannis

Manhattan meets Cape Cod at this trendy Hyannis bistro and raw bar. The oysters—prepared naked or topped with a hint of cocktail sauce, a splash of Absolut Peppar vodka, or sour cream and caviar—are beyond divine. The littleneck clams are… read more»