Whenever I travel, I always try to squeeze in some time to visit our customers and check on our oysters. We move thousands of oysters a day and ship them to our distributors all across the country, so it can be difficult to track down where our oysters go. It's always a pleasant surprise to find our oysters when dining out.
In New York City, we ship to a few restaurants and markets including Greenpoint Fish & Lobster. They've been open for less than a year, but have been generating a ton of buzz lately for being the only local fish market in the Greenpoint/Brooklyn area. They also have a reputation for serving delicious seafood, like our oysters!
I met up with Vinny Saturday afternoon at the shop. He gave me the grand tour of the place and a behind-the-scenes walk to pick up more bagels from The Meat Hook. We chatted about the market, his previous career (he was a lawyer in the music industry), and his seafood family in Boston. The Boston seafood industry is a small world -- Vinny has known Ben and Dan since they were operating Pangea from a single 10' x 20' cooler.
After the tour, we got down to business to do some quality checks. Pangea oysters on the menu that day were Pemaquids, Irish Points, and Paradise Coves. I also tried the Chatham from MA and the Wild Goose from RI. Of the 5, the Pemaquid was my favorite. Cup, meat fill, and flavor were all on point. Wild Goose and Paradise were close seconds. Vinny also had Martha's Vineyards in the display for people to buy and shuck at home!
If you're looking for a place to get awesome oysters (some that come from us!), Greenpoint is definitely worth the trip. Really cool space with awesome staff.
Greenpoint Fish & Lobster
114 Nassau Ave. at Eckford Street in Brooklyn, NY
Open daily from 11 am - 9 pm