Cull and Pistol

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Cull & Pistol is a restaurant project from the team behind The Lobster Place, one of New York"s finest seafood purveyors for over 40 years. Cull & Pistol pays homage to the fishmonger traditions and culinary diversity of New York through a seasonal raw bar, innovative seafood dishes with global influences and diverse selection of wine and craft beers. Located in Chelsea Market, Cull & Pistol aspires to become a neighborhood staple through a menu and atmosphere that delivers a truly fresh dining experience.
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UW
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood & great service!

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FG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The seafood is incredibly fresh and prepared in inventing ways that bring new flavors yet highlight the true essence of the fish. If you want to eat good, fresh, uniquely prepared seafood that is satisfying on many levels this is the place to go.

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r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very knowledgeable and provided great recommendations. Food was incredible. Overall amazing dining experience, my friends visiting from Texas were blown away.

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience. Lobster and crab was fresh and perfectly grilled. Sides of corn and fries also very good.

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A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It took more than 30 mins for our main course to arrive. They let us know that the kitchen was slammed and our server told us she was “thankful the kitchen told her so she could give us a heads up” - so not exactly an apology and no offer of anything to compensate for the long wait.

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OT
Frankfurt Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mehr als leckeres Seafood. Austern hervorragend. Wein Gotham City Riesling sehr lecker. Preis Leistung passt für New York. Service super freundlich. Kommen wieder.

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MB
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An ever changing seasonal seafood menu, supported by pristine oysters and raw bar options. Interesting wine menu and well crafted cocktails in a vibrant space with attentive service that pays attention to the pace of the table. Overall a fantastic experience

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food, a lobster and a cod cooked perfectly.
Place trendy but noisy. Pleasant service.

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LD
London
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Easy athmosphere and very good seafood are the strenghts of this restaurant. I look forward to dining there again

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CG
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lobster is always good. Also the fries. They have a variety of interesting cocktails. Pretty easy to make reservations.

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BB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This was my 30th birthday dinner which I indicated on the reservation. We were greeted and told about cocktails which was nice but we ordered a couple of things from the raw bar and never saw our waitress again. Nor did she inform us that the kitchen was closing and so it was a complete disappointed to not have the special dinner I was looking forward to. My husband and I have been coming here for years and this was unfortunately the worst experience we’ve had and we went back home hungry. Please reach out to further discuss.

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KA
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Have been here before and it was much better. Very noisy and food was mediocre.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing lobster rolls !!
A must stop every time we come to Manhattan for business ( we are coming from France)

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

King crab was excellent, good selection of oysters and servers were very friendly.

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DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent well prepared seafood. Friendly knowledgeable service. Highly recommend

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FP
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Nice little place - great location. Service was nice and friendly / helpful. Food was adequate at best. We are Cape Codders - we know our lobster - and the lobster roll was awful (frozen, limp, wet lobster with an uninspired dressing). Shishito peppers were good, but not great. Oysters were teh star - nice selection, meaty, sweet, nice saline and mineral finish. Tequila ($14) on the rocks was "maybe" a 1 oz. pour - with a big fancy ice cube.

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HO
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Try for experience. Crowded, small and narrow and I stall bathroom for all.

Good to excellent food. Very noisy and tables very close to each other. Hard to eat a lobster on such a small table but it was good. The other person had halibut and loved it as well as the key lime pie. The cauliflower was delicious. Expensive!!

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RB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just excellent. Space is small and a little cramped, but a great convivial atmosphere. Impeccable service. Shisito peppers tasted like none I've ever had, WA oysters (Skookum inlet) were supreme, seafood Pho was spicy and fortifying on a cool winter evening. Party of six, empty plates all around!

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RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great service, great food, but when I asked for a glass of sparkling water at the end of our meal, was it really necessary to give me a whole bottle and charge me $16.00?

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SH
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal. Oysters were amazing. We then had the crab and lobster dumplings which were also outstanding and then the Connecticut lobster roles. Fantastic amount of lobster in the roll and so tasty. Good wine and a great atmosphere. Reasonably priced for NYC too.

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EW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful gem. Fresh, delicious, outstanding service, well priced. Our fave!

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FF
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Your "Noise Level" ratings should include one for "Music Too Loud". It really is so unnecessary to have loud, thumping music on TOP of the ambient noise of people chattering. When people go to a restaurant they want to TALK and HEAR each other. I rated the "Value" only as "Good" because I thought the portions were too small for the prices charged. Also, there was no bread offered, which might have made up for the small entree portions. The dishes were otherwise excellent...delicious.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boss loves this place and we make sure to go every time he’s in town for an oyster feast!

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SG
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fascinating food and great value for money. Extremely great service. Probably the best seafood restaurant in the world, I’m not joking

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PG
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, one of the best in NY for food quality and simple but very high professional service.

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AN
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved this place with the superb service and exzellent food. The only two small comments kn where to improve are the air condition, too cold for Europeans and some of the portions could have been a bit larger.

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B
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service was good. Had 2 adults and 2 kids. Everyone was pleased.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood !

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NY
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We ordered 3 different varieties of oysters, one did not taste like anything. The Riesling wine had no taste either, and same for the lobster in my lobster roll... very disappointed.

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VM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic, lovely atmosphere. Top oyster recommendations. Would definitely recomment and will revisit again when in nyc

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LD
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Used to love this place and visited on every trip to NYC. It has changed. The food was below average and over priced for the portions. With all of the options in NYC we certainly will not return.

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TS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place. The oysters are among the best in Manhattan. The wine is excellent and the waitstaff are unbelievably great, warm and helpful. Becca and Erica. I remember their names as they will greet you by name and suggest their favorite oysters. Always spot on. The fish comes from The Lobster Place so it’s straight from the ocean. I’ve brought oyster and seafood snobs and my parents who hate oysters. Everyone loves it. If you want dessert, don’t come here or eat early before the amazing desserts in Chelsea Market are still open - before 8pm. My only complaint is one dessert they run out of and no gluten free bread to absorb the wine during oyster eating. It’s still awesome!

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ME
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Four of us had dinner here on a Saturday night. Were seated immediately and the restaurant was packed. We had lobster shooters, i had scallops that were fabulous, the 2 wives had Lobster Pho which they both thought was fabulous. My wife had the fried oyster appetizer which was delicious. I would have given a 5 star instead of 4 star but the bar service was slower than the rest of the service.

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O
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

really loud so hard to have conversations. Oysters were fresh but crab legs and shrimp were dry and meh. Dont think I would eat there again except for the oysters.

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P
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lobster, oysters, crab in a casual north-east setting in Chelsea market
Good selection of craft beer
Worthwhile visit

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EH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Service and food were both outstanding, I would highly recommend and will be returning on my next visit to NYC.

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j
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Some of the best, freshest seafood in the city, cooked to perfection. Not the most creative menu, but that is not what we were looking for. Adjacent to and owned by The Lobster Place, the variety of offerings is not to be beat. The steamed lobster was perfect. Everything we had from the raw bar was clean, fresh and tasted like it had just been pulled from the sea. Our server Lindsay was professional, personable and attentive without being cloying.

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a
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic oysters and lobster. Freshest anywhere. Very noisy but that’s okay!!

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WV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I have been to Cull & Pistol oyster bar twice now. The first time I ordered a oysters and bunch of appetizers to share and the second time I got scallops, clams, and oysters from the raw bar, more appetizers, and the lobster roll. Most of the oysters were great, a few were just ok, and the clams and scallops were a bit disappointing. The beauty of being able to sample so many things a la carte is it's not a huge deal if you don't like something. All of the appetizers we had were delicious. I LOVE that they have the lobster roll hot with butter, my favorite style and I so rarely get to enjoy lobster rolls because I hate mayo. The cocktails were tasty and one of the wines was okay and one was really good. This is a fun place to come with a group and taste a variety of things.

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LU
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, the food was outstanding. Will definitely recommend and come back here again soon.

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