This past weekend, chefs and oyster farmers came together to put on a massive Oyster Bash during the New York City Wine & Food Festival. With different oyster types everywhere, we barely knew where to start. So, we asked three chefs for the essential oysters that everyone should know. It’s a great cheat sheet to keep on hand for the next time you’re surrounded by oysters at a party—or simply ordering off a menu.
Fishers Island; Fisher Island, NY
“The oyster has a great brine, a great level salinity,” says chef Ben Pollinger of Oceana. “It’s plump and sweet. Sarah and Steve Malinowski who run the farm do a good job raising the oysters so the shape of the cup is really deep and round and holds the liquor.”