L&W Oyster Co
L&W Oyster Co

L&W Oyster Co

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.landwoyster.com/
  • Phone: 212-203-7772x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
    Tue - Fri: 11:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    Sat: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Sun: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Jason Weiner and David Belknap (Chef de Cuisine)
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 28th and 29th
  • Public Transit: NR @ 28th Street
    6 @ 28th Street
    FM @ 23rd Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from L&W Oyster Co
Located steps from Madison Square Park and the Empire State Building, L&W Oyster Co. features an array of the finest East and West coast oysters, as well as classic clam shack fare -- like Lobster BLTs, Oyster Po' Boys -- and beautiful fish entrees that showcase sustainable seafood and local produce. L&W Oyster Co. is a fun, accessible place where people can grab a fish sandwich and some pickles at lunch, then oysters and martinis after dark.
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L&W Oyster Co reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (37)fit for foodies (27)great for lunch (17)great for brunch (16)good for groups (11)special occasion (6)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (5)romantic (5)late-night find (3)notable wine list (2)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Thumbs up for the Lobster BLT
    Nedstand
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I'm always on the lookout for another great lobster roll, or variation. Found L&W via a Yelp search and was not disappointed. Started with an Asparagus and Scallop appetizer that was very good. Lobster BLT hit the spot. Casual spot for lunch was just right for me and a buddy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very creative seafood!!
    DeniseVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I love this place!! The menu creatively changes so there is always something new to try. I was not a true oyster fan until I ate here. The service is fast and efficient. The drink menu is great. But key is that you get great food at a fairly reasonable price!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent oysters, relaxed setting
    alkinnycVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I went here with my boyfriend rather late on a Saturday night. We started off with a dozen oysters (2 of each on the menu), so we each got to try all the 6 different kinds they offered, which came with a little receipt printout of which were which, so we could note our favorites (a nice touch). We also had the ceviche (perfect!) and the salmon tartare (not so much), as well as the grilled asparagus/calamari (exceptionally delicious!) and the crabcake (average). The casual atmosphere was relaxed, but far from boring. The decor is nautically themed, without being kitschy. The mason jar/candle light fixture in the front was cool, and the booths have magnetic word poetry, so you can have a creative outlet in between courses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Strong effort
    JasonVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Excellent menu, creative twists...and unique cocktails to match. Fun, vibrant scene. The house-made goldfish, oyster crackers are a must. As are the lobster deviled eggs and the shrimp corn dogs!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find
    FeedmeVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A great restaurant. The cocktails are superb and the food delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Hip, casual and fun
    Happycamper1VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    L&W has great informal food (not just seafood), a fun atmosphere and decor, is great for lunch (with sunny windows on Fifth Avenue) and happening in the evening (both at the bar and the tables). The staff are friendly and informal but efficient. And it is not that hard to get a table (always a plus in my mind). So I recommend highly if you are looking in the Madison Square/NoMad area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum
    hduckie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Love the mix of foods presented in a way I wouldn't think. Lobster Deviled Eggs..........amazing!!!!!!!! Jalapeno Sangria - awesome. As much as I loved the entrees it was the homemade peanut butter ice cream that really made my tummy happy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dissapointment. Wont be back.
    Global
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Oyster co was recommended by my brother in law, someone whoes opinion I always value, especially when it comes to restaurants and bars. Unfortunately, this one turned out to be dissapointing.. Our waitress only seemed interested in trying to sell us the most expensive wine on the menu, one which didnt fit our dishes at all, and the dishes thenselves werent pretty good either.. We irder the tuna ceviche and salmon tartare as started and the ceviche was basically a tartare and the salmon tartare was a horrible tasting salmon salade that had an overkill of creme fraiche.. Our mains (lobster blt and the burger) were alright but way to overpriced. I only had a couple of tiny pieces of lobster on the blt but they asked the grand prize for it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food Ambience
    Eliz881VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great Food- Great Ambience- Great NEW spot!!! Lobster Deviled Eggs, Amazing Fish Tacos, Nice Wine, Great GREAT OYSTERS!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great seafood
    Foodie123456
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great seafood and ambience. Perfect for dinner with friends or a date.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun, lively, delicious, easy
    Happycamper1VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    L&W is bright, informal, lively with delicious and simple sea food and related items. Usually easy to get a table but plenty full. Reasonably priced. Engaging staff. A great find for lunch or dinner (when it gets more crowded)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ceviche is amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The salmon ceviche was excellent along with the crackers they served with it. The jumbo shrimp were crisp and full of flavor. Sometimes they can be mealy and tasteless. The Lobster roll was good and most would rave, but having spent many summers in Maine, eating the best lobstah rolls out there, I'm prejudice. I just prefer the old hot dog roll over the the bready challah roll it is served on at L&W, but it was good. Very professional and friendly staff. There was a troubled woman sitting at the bar and I mean mentally unstable. They handled her with compassion and looked out for the comfort of their patrons. Very impressed on how they handled it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodmavenVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Went there with a friend at 3:30 in the afternoon. The restaurant was fairly empty. Waitress told us that the Lobster BLT was large eough to share. We decided to order both a lobster roll and a lobster BLT and we shared half of each. They were served with chips. BLT was $26 and lobster roll $17. Aside from the fact that they were simply regular size sandwiches, they had very little lobster. Had we shared one, we would have been starving. Would not return to this overpriced sandwich shop.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bring back the knuckle sandwich!
    scottyVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was awesome though slightly disappointed because my favorite was taken off the menu; the knuckle sandwich. One of the best lobster rolls I have had! That said everyone in my party loved their food. Lobster omelette was outstanding. Wait service needed to be tightened up a bit as they were very friendly and welcoming however orders were not accurately taken. Still I will come back. Food is spot on! But PLEASE bring back the knuckle sandwich!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great little neighborhood place
    Susan
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great food and blood Mary's made with tequila are fantastic. But, beware, this is a very expensive place. For the 5 of us, the meal was over $350!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day Brunch
    tinman2ironman
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Good food and drinks. Service was perfect, gave us space when necessary allowing our party to catch up yet provided timely refills, food orders and desert options. We sat at the best table of the house, right up front with the doors open!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Seafood
    jenn
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    What a fantastic night at L$W. The only downside was there was only 1 beer on the menu. They ran out of the other 2? Limited list on alcohol but food and ambience is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cool, Cool, Cool!
    Nutterbutter
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I had lunch on a hot muggy Tuesday. We sat in the cool room in the rear. We tried all the oyster which were fresh and delicious! I went there because I've heard the best Lobster Roll in New York is there. i was not disappointed! It's served with arugula, sriracha aioli and bacon. How can you go wrong? We also had a Salad Nicoise Salad with perfectly seared tuna. Service was on point. The staff is friendly and sexy. I'm looking forward to my next meal at L & W!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BEST Creative Lobster Dishes
    scottyVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I was a little late to this place but i can say Ed's Lobster bar has a new rival for best Lobster Roll! My guest had an amazing Lobster BLT…. Even the pickles and home made chips were exceptional…. Also try the Deviled egg with lobster… pretty awesome… Service was friendly and spot on… Can't wait to get back here with friends from out of town!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for Oysters
    EsclownVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The oysters were very good the rest of the menu is limited. We had a good time great drinks and a nice wine list help but the service while friendly was too slow and a bit confused.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • L&W
    PATEEATSVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The food was excellent and creative. Who doesn't love homemade goldfish crackers and a whack at depp-fried olives?? The service was so insanely off that it became comical. But out group of 9 had a great time. We were not rushed. We truly loved our night there -- an evening out should always be about the people you're with, everything else follows, so we had a great time and i would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Clj0215VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Found a blonde strand of hair BAKED into our homemade goldfish "snack" dish. Food is mediocre at best (tuna salad was decent, lobster was overcooked and mussels were eh) and overpriced. Service was decent and there's a great ambience here but unfortunately I would not return.
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  • Unique Food
    rachel
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I have been to L&W Oyster several times and it is consistently great. The food is unique without being foreign. Great wine too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Midtown Oyster Haven
    SEMGuruVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    For anything oyster, this is the place. The rest of the menu is great too, both oyster based and otherwise.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 166 reviews are from the L&W Oyster Co reviews archive.
  • Oyster Heaven!
    TipsfromTerrance
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We love this great little gem we found in our neighborhood serving some of the freshest oysters in town! The rest of the menu is pretty great too with a special shoutout to an awesome brunch selection. The staff is friendly, laid back and helpful. L&W has a great selection of oysters, some we've never had before which is a fun plus. We'll continue to patronize this great spot with hopes that not too many others discover it :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming
    Beskev
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Aside from the service being very inattentive and borderline disdainful, nothing we had made me feel like I had to come back again. The mussels were ok, the flTbread was fair, but you barely tasted the squid. But the best part were the oysters, which I credit them only with catching a fresh variety and opening them, something g I could do if I go to Chelsea fish market first.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly recommend!
    SaJ1VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    After having a first visit to this restuarant in which I was very disappointed with their service, I received an incredibly thoughtful note from the owners apologizing and asking for the opportunity to give the restuarant another chance. I'm so delighted we did!! The service was excellent and as experienced my first time the food is consistently outstanding, too. It is an adorable inviting restuarant that has an energetic vibe. We were joined by out of town visitors who are huge foodies who thoroughly enjoyed the experience as much as we did. Cheers to L&W for sincerely caring so much about their customers' satisfaction!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great group meal
    newyorkerVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    went on a thursday night for a special birthday dinner with a large group (8). big long table excellent for that. service was great - always ready with a drink replacement, some water or to check in. oysters are of course delicious (plenty of choices) - other standouts are the mussles, the salads, the burger and the homemade goldfish crackers. delightful!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KistyNYCVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Another awesome meal at L&W. It's my go to spot for the best oysters in NYC. Thanks very much!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love this place
    emil
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    have been here twice in the past couple of months, and the oysters are delicious! I don't always like oysters, but they serve them with good accompaniments. Also, a good wine selection, a couple of good beers available too. We also got the lobster bacon blt's which were awesome and also the fish tacos. Everything was incredible.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun seafood
    MemlouiseVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Visiting from SF, we loved this off the main path seafood place with creative cuisine, good wine and fun magnet boards. Service was friendly and helpful. Loved the mini oyster tacos and broccoli caesar.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Real Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Pulpo, baked oysters, paella all really good. Raw bar fresh, great service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, distracted service
    FriendlyFoodFan
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great oysters. Good drinks. But our server was distracted and forgetful. We had to ask repeatedly for simple things. It felt like he was trying to do everything without ever finishing one thing.
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  • Still Flying Under the Radar...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    ...But it shouldn't! This is a stand-out seafood (read: OYSTER) joint on an increasingly busy strip of 5th ave. Go! They have the best east coast oysters (especially Long Island/Montauk oysters) in the city: bright, saline and bracingly fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely. Perfect for friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Lovely. Perfect for friends and especially for clients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved It!
    AWUJ
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Great place with fun vibe. Food was spectacular- everything we tried was artfully crafted and delicious. I would recommend the lobster deviled eggs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, small wine list.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    We came here after being treated like dirt at the John Dory, so the enthusiasm and hospitality of the staff was appreciated. Our waiter was very busy, but he brought our food in a timely manner and let us sample some new wine on the list. Unfortunately, their list was quite small/expensive and they were out of some wine, but we were pleased with what we ultimately ordered. I have pretty high standards for food when I eat out, but this place was casual and has a very tasty double brussels starter and lobster BLT. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great, service was not
    SaJ1VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Cute lively restaurant with wonderful food. Unfortunately, the service was so slow and poor that it cast a pall over our experience. Since I enjoyed the food and the ambience, I may give it another try with the hope that the problems with their service will be resolved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Uneven Service Competes with Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I've eaten here four times. The first time the service and food were on point. However, the past three times, the service was not up to par. For example, check your bill carefully because items that we did not order were tacked on; server forgot to put in items for our order; fail to course out our meal properly as promised (everything came out at once); we had to ask for plates. So unfortunate that the subpar service overshadows the food. Hope they figure it out soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diverse menu of seafood, though
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Diverse menu of seafood, though the oyster selection was limited at the time of my seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.