Food & Drink

Oyster and beer party alert!

Even though there’s a chance you never stop eating oysters on account of how many amazing happy hours there are around the city, consider this an opportunity to catch up if you've been lagging. It’s NY Oyster Week, and we’re throwing an oyster party at the Maritime Hotel dubbed Empire Oyster, with tons of the bivalves prepared in all kinds of inventive ways, loads of beer, and more. Read the lowdown and make sure to grab some tickets before they're gone.

There will be a dozen or so participating chefs from restaurants like BLT Fish Shack, L&W Oyster Co., and The Monarch Room, and they'll all be paired with different local NY state oyster farmers to present an original dish (think po' boys and the like) that highlights all the best parts of the individual shucker. At the end of the event, guests vote on which one they liked the best and whoever receives the most votes is crowned "King of Oysters".

Empire Oyster
Oyster Week

In addition to the different oyster preparations, there will also be an unlimited oyster bar (while supplies last so... kinda unlimited) featuring oysters from Smithtown Bay, which have all been hand-harvested by some badass scuba divers who go into the deep, cold water (see above photo) to bring you these wild goods.

BEER! Of course there will also be beer -- Blue Point is pouring 12 of their selections, including an Oyster Stout (duh) that's created especially for Oyster Week, Mosaic IPA, their Toasted Lager, and Golden Ale.

Empire Oyster
Andy Kryza

And although drinking and eating a ton of oysters should be more than enough for pretty much everyone, there’s a bunch of extra awesome going down anyway, like shucking lessons, live music, and custom, made-on-site T-shirts (you know you’re getting one). Tickets available right here -- get involved before the early bird discounted ones are gone.

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Andrew Zimmer is Thrillist's New York Editor and he is sorely in need of a shucking lesson. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.