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Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar, New York, NY
Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar, New York, NY
Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar, New York, NY
Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar, New York, NY
Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar, New York, NY

Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar

4.8
4.8
172 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar puts what it does right in its name. This is a place custom designed for fans of local small-batch brews and a well-stocked raw bar. The inside of the restaurant is as cozy and comfortable as one would expect, as it is a relaxed atmosphere similar to a sports bar in the off-season. One of the keys to Upstate's success is its commitment to freshness. So much so that there isn't even a freezer in the building as everything is brought in fresh daily.Obviously, the oysters and clams are what most patrons come for, and Upstate's selection of west and east coast varieties changes every day, depending on what is available. That's certainly not the only thing on the menu, though. Guests can try out shared plates of house cured salmon, crab cakes, squid salad and even sea urchin.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (646) 791-5400
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual

What 172 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York City

    Best Value

  • New York City

    Seafood

  • Manhattan

    Best Overall

  • Manhattan

    Best Service

  • Manhattan

    Best Value

  • Manhattan

    Seafood

172 Reviews
  1. JustinC

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    One of the worst dining experiences I’ve had. If they try to stick you next to the curtain that separates the dining area from the front entrance, don’t do it. We were bumped into while seated, without exaggeration, two dozen times. The hostess did nothing to dissuade this, and she herself bumped into me and made no acknowledgment of this. Bottom line, the place is far too cramped and this are of the restaurant simply can’t accommodate a table. Past that, the oysters were good but everything else was underwhelming. I ordered the oysters for my main; there were four of them in there. Our server was very good, but again, the hostess was rude and dismissive. I can’t in good conscience recommend this restaurant. We couldn’t leave fast enough.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Reservation at 7, but we were seated at 8.10 and made to stand outside in the cold. When I asked for a dirty glass to be replaced the stroppy waitress yelled at me that a “glass is a glass” and practically threw another one at me. Food used to be top notch, was just ok.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent fresh fish and seafood. Attentive service. Cozy ambiance. I can't wait to go back and try everything on the menu!

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  4. MaxZ

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding meal! Will be back shortly. Fresh seasonal seafood

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  5. Postmoderna

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Go! You won’t be disappointed if you like seafood, raw bars and beer.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite place in the city. Good for any ocassion. I am always looking for a reason to go back!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very fresh and served at perfect temperatures. We really enjoyed the meal and the price was an outstanding value!

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  8. PeterV

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Just went for my birthday. I had oysters, the marlin and the squid ink pasta. Fantastic!

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  9. NickT

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Definitely our favorite place to go for for oyster. Fresh and delicious. Beside oyster, food are amazing and it’s valued for the price. Highly recommend!

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  10. Scott

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall just a fantastic little place in the East Village. The food is so fresh and delicious. So tasty. Really just fresh and amazing. Service is great. It’s a tight spot so don’t bring all your crap. Be chill. Enjoy. Happy hour 6 oysters and a beer for $12 is a no brainer. They only serve whats fresh. Did I mention fresh?! Don’t recognize what it is? Try it you’ll love it!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff, efficient service, cozy atmosphere, oh and the food. Yes, possibly the best seafood in the city.

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  12. MichaelM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great every single time, since the first day you opened!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best food and happy hour by far in East Village. I’ll go as much as I can. Service top notch.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fantastic please go how much more can I says they rock

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    oysters, bone marrow, trout, and scallops were amazing!! great happy hour value. just disappointed in the gnocchi the texture was a bit off. But overall very pleased w the experience!

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  16. MarkZ

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great experience. They understood and explained the various oyster varieties and what to expect, taste wise. The presentation was organized and again, explained. They brought out a complimentary appetizer as well as desert. The entrees were very well prepared and delicious. Really enjoyed our dining experience and will definitely return.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    With a lot of competition in Baltimore for great crab and oysters, this place nails it. Great cocktails, great service, but most importantly the food was superlative. Visiting from NYC and counting on s great Baltimore crab cake, I couldn’t have been happier.

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  18. Ally

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An exceptional dining experience and easily my favorite spot in the neighborhood.

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  19. CAL4

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great no-frills place for oysters and drinks. Nice selection of oysters and beers -perfect for a summer night. Looking forward to trying more of the menu! Staff was friendly and knowledgeable about both beer and oysters and pointed out specials :)

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  20. DanM

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service was great but we reserved an outdoor table for a family members medical precaution but were told that those reservations weren’t guaranteed. Confused as to why you can reserve a specific type of table if the restaurant has no intention of honoring it

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  21. JoeS

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants in nyc. Delicious and affordable. Can’t wait to come back.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience if you love seafood! Felt like a little escape while being in the city!

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  23. JoeQ

    New York City

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service in a busy July 4 night. Food and drink terrific.

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  24. NickT

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always good. Service is always on point. Selena is always so helpful. My favourite oyster place!

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  25. Gerry

    Atlantic City

    55 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The lady who was hosting was very rude. She did not let me speak when we arrived. I had made a reservation on OpenTable. The server was very nice and the food was very good. Honestly, it would have been nicer if we seated ourselves as that lady was very off putting. I had just driven a long way to have dinner with my son and daughter and just wanted to leave when I met her. There really is no need to be so rude!!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always thank you Serina (sorry if I spelled it wrong) for your stellar service!!

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  27. BettyC

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food with outstanding service. Our favorites are surf and turf, clam linguine and tuna crudo

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  28. DanW

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant! One of our favorite places to get oysters in the city!

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  29. GB19

    New York City

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Where else in NYC can you try a dozen or more different types of oysters and try a new craft beer or two at the same time? The food (besides the oysters) is always good, the service friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere unpretentious.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Very disorganized hostess. They don't honor reservations. Food was okay. The waiter was nice but forgot my main meal because of a printer issue. He did comp my drink and my oysters but still not a pleasant experience overall.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Hamburg

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is really great, wine list surprisingly long, wallet friendly

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  32. AlexM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great little spot for oysters and sides. Service was good. Reservations are a bit iffy but it was worth the wait

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Bartender who served us made the experience a 10/10. Food was fantastic, service was even better

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  34. Sammy

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! The ever changing menu keeps things fresh while the staples are always tasty to rely on!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is amazing. A neighborhood seafood place with incredible food and folk.

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  36. Alice

    New York City

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Pleased to see a genuine oyster list! Not overjoyed that our server balked at giving flavor notes, but we discovered some new varieties, including the in-house oyster, that were stellar. Loved the low-key decor but would prefer the attitude was edge-free.

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  37. Lourdes

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Exceptional seafood dishes! Only wish they had a bigger space since it's very popular and gets quite crowded and cramped. But the service is great, and prices are quite reasonable considering the high quality of everything they serve. A must visit in the East Village!

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  38. ChristaSully

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    After all these years, this place is still a fantastic hidden gem! Can't wait to come back again soon.

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  39. UnaS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The variety of oysters on the menu was amazing and we tried most of them. All different, but all very fresh and the quality was impeccable. Service was great, good recommendations, very friendly. Great value for the quality of the food!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great, as usual

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FAQs

Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 172 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar

95 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    East Village
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
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