LES Restaurants to Square off in Oyster Shucking Contest
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Get ready to shuck then … eat some oysters.
Grey Lady owner Ryan Chadwick is hosting something called “Oyster Row,” the first neighborhood shucking competition and eating contest. Four Lower East Side establishments will participate in the challenge this Sunday, including Claw Daddy’s, Hotel Chantelle, Ten Bells, and host Grey Lady. Most oysters shucked in two minutes wins.
Following the marketing stunt at 77 Delancey Street is an oyster eating contest that’s open to the public. So, bring your barf bag and camera phone.
In related news, this “Oyster Row” is a taste of something bigger. Chadwick hopes to introduce oyster carts during the now-defunct Sunday pedestrian mall on Orchard Street. Still in the planning stages – the Lower East Side Partnership (BID) is involved – but the hope is to populate the retail stretch with pushcarts to create some sort of block party.
“I’d like to utilize the Sunday street closing and get other oyster selling restaurants involved,” Chadwick tells us. “Think pickle day for oysters.”
Don’t be surprised to see an iteration during one of the inevitable DayLife festivals later this year.