Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar

4.8
73 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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OscarC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great as usual. I had fears that COVID protocols would ruin the ambience, but it did not.

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Ricardo
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Portions are a bit small. Had the scallops, bone marrow and squid ink pasta. Delicious.

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RabihA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. I had people visiting from London and California and they loved it.

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HeatherH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the oyster happy hour deal! All the seafood was amazing.

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Seonman
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour rocks! Oyster was so delicious and fresh.

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vipDanny
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Sarah is the best!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Everything was wonderful!

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vipBrittanyH
Nashville
25 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our experience here! Such a great selection of oysters and additional food/drinks. Service was excellent. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequent Upstate, tonight they served a fantastic raw scallop appetizer, fresh oyster “special”, and seafood entrees that are the best in the East Village. Oh, and the meal finishes with complimentary Rum Cake!

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vipMalickC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Upstate where the food is always great, and where the service was stellar.

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TonyO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent Oyster Happy Hour, this is a little neighborhood gem -- I love that they published on their menu that there are no freezers in their establishment...

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Artie
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff is really friendly and very helpful. The Oyster Happy Hour is a great deal. The food is fabulous.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience. Can’t beat the value. Exceptional seafood dishes & oysters for a casual night out.

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vipBrynM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorite places for a casual yet great meal in the city

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vipNYCer
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The place is great, really great. Food was unexpectedly outstanding, very creative. Owner was very attentive and staff very polite. Wife and i had dinner there last night, we will be back.

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viphdough
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go for the oyster happy hour, stay for everything else. I cannot say enough good things about Upstate - the staff is awesome and the entire menu is fanatastic.

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vipShantanug
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Super place and outstanding value for money for excellent oysters, bone marrow and squid ink pasta dishes combined with beer/wine happy hour offer. Good outdoor sitting vibe. Could have done with a couple of more servers but the ones available were super efficient

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vipkerris
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, drinks and service. I wish it was a bigger place! Staff is really nice and always welcoming.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Sat us 20 minutes late and received very shotty service. If the food wasn’t so good probably wouldn’t go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great oysters and beer! Outside seating is a bit noisy because of cars/trucks. But it’s a great place!

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RSB0
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Awesome seafood and even better environment. The bartender gave us samples of beers for us to try and the wait staff was so friendly. It was the nicest dining experience I've had since I returned to restaurant dining.

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JoshS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Good food but terrible service. Had a reservation and arrived on time but the hosts made us wait over 45 minutes. Wouldn’t come back and would not recommend anyone come here on a date

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Although the food was amazing with such a variety of oysters, reservations were not being honored and we had to wait a while for our table. Other than that food and service were great.

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LianaB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upstate never disappoints - the sea scallop special was delicious and as always great oysters!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good to see them still here. Go for the oyster happy hour

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and nice service

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LindseyC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, vibes, and service were all amazing! My husband and I went to Upstate for date night and we ordered the oysters, tuna tartare, fettucine with clams, and bronzino and everything was delicious. Food and drinks both came out super quick and our server was awesome. Highly recommend and I'd definitely go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. High quality food, heavy-handed wine pours, and incredible service.

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AnnaJ
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb happy hour - great spot for a drink with friends!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an amazing dinner sitting outside at Upstate. Only drawback was we were seated over 20 mins after our reservation time. However the service for the rest of the night was amazing, the food was top-notch, and it was an excellent value for all we got. Highly recommend and will be going back.

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KTNM
London
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Second time I reserved for a time and second time I had to wait 40 mins+ for a RESERVATION. Should've learned the first time...

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vipRichardL
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Upstate has the best oyster selection in NYC. Always superfresh. Fairly priced.

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JanetB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My second time there; I really like the food and the Happy Hour.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Throw the reservation system out the window! It is non existent on a Friday night! Awesome food, very polite staff and they were quite knowledgeable about the food and drinks. The best oysters I have had in years!!! I would go back on a Monday or Tuesday night… weekends are a bit messy over there.

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MarkB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in the city, a true hidden gem. Amazing oysters and really tasty tapas-style small plates of excellently prepared seafood. Can’t recommend this place enough.

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paulV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Will definitely go back!!!

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vipNatalia
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

I come here a lot, so this experience was maybe an off night. We didn’t get seated for an hour after our reservation. The oysters were great, but the entrees were bland.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food, great service, great value for seafood. Even tho there was a mixup with our reservation and we had to wait and extra 20 minutes in the rain, still left satisfied

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CharlesB
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was exceptional. Ordered the Tuna and it was perfect. Wife had the scallops and they were good too. Price was great for food/beer.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for happy hour - Great oysters, rose and beers. Also ordered extra food after the oysters, highlight was the salt rock. The outdoor dining situation is great, basically doubles the capacity of this spot which is always hard to get into. Make sure to snag a reservation we’ll in advance.

FAQs

Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 73 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.