Best Of 2017

Best Oyster Bar: Empire Oyster

Best Oyster Bar

Standing at the Empire Oyster pop-up bar in the back of Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails, my palate dances like a wild child as my mind explodes like the Death Star. Visionary Kevin Joseph and his "shuck buddy" David Morris lead an omakase, or chef's choice, tour of bivalve mollusk "merroir" that's a one-of-kind treat. The experience is pure, world-class magic. —Jon Palmer Claridge