Upstate Craft Beer and Oyster Bar
6 Oysters + 1 Beer= $12
I think that is enough to intrigue you. I think I can end there.. but I won't. Because even with that great deal there is still so much more that I can tell you about Upstate that will reel you in.
A great friend of mine has been introducing me to the world of craft beers and as an oyster aficionado this place was the perfect marriage of both worlds.
Upstate NY was featured on The Infatuation as the "neighborhood restaurant everybody needs, but only East Village residents are lucky enough to call their own."
So let me describe this my way. I leave work a little earlier than usual as I read this place opens at 5 and by 5:30 there is usually a 2 hour wait. I get to the east village around 5:30 and with a nice polite smile, as my 2nd party is late to the show, I greet the host, who looks like she was just some chick standing in the way of the small door. I let her know it will be two of us and he is about 5 mins away. (lies more like 30 but she didn't need to know that) Luckily it had rained earlier that day so most people probably planned on staying in for the evening, so there was no wait. I pick a high table and my waiter comes over to school me on the options. There is a mighty long list of oysters and their locations listed. From the list there are 3 options on happy hour (thanks for making the job easier). You get 6 oysters and 1 beer for $12 from 5-7 pm. Yes I am going to reiterate that again as this is a DEAL. I order my first beer to kill some time and wish I can tell ya what beer was that but honestly I got really wasted that night and details are blurry. I do remember I started with an IPA :)
Finally to the oysters, we order 2 of each of the oysters on happy hour. Lady Killers, Snow Dogs, and Wild Rocky Points all from different Long Island Bays. We went pretty quick through this round of oysters. They were really fresh and each very different from each other. One intriguing fact is that Upstate has no fridge on site so everything is fresh from that day. By a unanimous vote of two the fave was the Wild Rocky Points which were larger, juicier, and had a nice balance of the salt water that wasn't as overbearing as the others. Had 2 more beers of which were also great.. again details of the night are murky but I know when I have a good beer so trust me on this one. Hospitality was awesome as the waiters where very knowledgeable and patient with us as we take this oyster and beer thing seriously. The restaurant itself is quite small but next time I wouldn't mind sitting at the bar. About 4-5 beers and 18 oysters later our bill was about $45. Not bad huh?
Next day I did keep thinking of how bomb the oysters were so I hope you do take my word and try it.
(SIDE NOTE: The Infatuation is self described as a website, newsletter, mobile app, and text message recommendation service started in 2009 by two guys who wanted to help their friends find not only great restaurants, but the right restaurant to suit their needs on a particular evening.)