Joseph Leonard – An Afternoon at the Oyster Bar


You know our weakness for oysters. So, regardless of whether oysters promote kissing (as the sign outside Joseph Leonard proclaimed), it was impossible to walk past this west village oyster bar without sampling the shellfish of our east coast brethren.

Perhaps. But they definitely lead to eating.
Perhaps. But they definitely lead to eating.

Inside, the restaurant is the size an oyster bar should be. It’s our dream oyster bar, really. Eighteen people can sit at the bar, and 16 people at tables. Perfect!

East Coast Oysters - Virginicas?
East Coast Oysters - Virginicas?

Two types of oysters – Big Rock to the left, and Island Creek to the right. They were very briny and amazing. Ate most bare, and squeezed lemon at the end, which cut the salinity level nicely. Loved them both!

You know what goes nicely with oysters? Well, lots of things, actually. But white wine is near the top of the list.

Beautiful View
Beautiful View

And, to wrap up the lunch? Duck rillettes with dijon, and bread from Sullivan Street Bakery. What a great lunch. Next time you’re in the neighborhood, we recommend you pay Mr. Leonard a visit.

Duck Rillette and Bread from Sullivan Street Bakery
Duck Rillette and Bread from Sullivan Street Bakery

Read about some of the other restaurants the Seattle Foodshed’s visiting on this trip to NYC, and come back soon to find out where we’re going next. And be sure to tell us about your favorite restaurants so we can go check them out.

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4 thoughts on “Joseph Leonard – An Afternoon at the Oyster Bar”

    1. This IS the year of the rambling FoodShed, isn’t it?! Although, this trip to New York isn’t totally as glamorous as the trip to Brussels. Melanie has a work thing in NYC, so she’s taking the opportunity to eat her way around the town at the same time. I’ve been loving your blog, by the way.

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