The Hottest New Oyster Bar in NYC

A secret garden serving up fresh seafood in the middle of Manhattan’s trendy Chelsea neighbourhood is what you get at The Golden Hour, otherwise known as the hottest new oyster bar in NYC.

Newly opened in May 2018, The Golden Hour is a calm, greenery-filled oasis in the heart of bustling Chelsea. Located on 10th Avenue, high above the borough’s famed skyline and within the High Line Hotel, this hip eatery offers unparalleled views of the city below, not to mention some of the best oysters in town.

Before we get to the delectable food, let’s talk about decor. With a sleek black and white colour scheme, shabby chic raffia chairs, a combination of dining tables and comfy sofas, and fresh foliage as far as the eye can see, The Golden Hour’s design is as enticing as its menu. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to take an #ootd pic with wild ferns and black and white chevron in the background? Intended to make patrons feel as if they’re at a “coastal soirée,” this space is all about casual elegance with major tropical chic vibes. 

Now let’s talk about cuisine. The Golden Hour offers what it describes as “North Atlantic” fare, meaning refreshing meals best enjoyed outdoors, with a heavy focus on seafood. Of course, oysters are its specialty, with a separate menu containing oysters from thirteen different regions across North America: Hog Island, Virginia, Samish Bay, Washington, Vancouver Island, BC, and PEI’s New London Bay, to name a few.

This upscale restaurant, located at the historic and charming High Line Hotel, is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The main menu is divided into five sections: raw bar, appetizers, sandwiches, entrées, and dessert. Seafood plateaus of varying sizes, fried oysters, snapper ceviche, and grilled shrimp are all popular options if you’re grabbing a quick bite, while heartier dishes include linguine vongole, black bass, and razor clams frites. They even have classic comfort food in the form of fish and chips, lobster rolls, and the rock shrimp po’ boy.  

If you’re thinking of making a pitstop for brunch, you can expect a variety of unique takes on typical breakfast dishes, such as the rock shrimp frittata, the golden benedict with smoked salmon, and a soft scramble with trout roe. But rest assured, they have plenty of options to please those who favour the classics, including the millennial favourite: avocado toast (its version is topped with a poached egg, sunflower, and cilantro).

The Golden Hour also serves as an upscale cocktail lounge, so if you’re looking to grab a drink before heading elsewhere for the evening, consider stopping by. The impressive wine list includes whites, sparkling, rosés, reds, and champagne, all of which hail from France with options available by the glass or bottle. Cocktails are equally enticing, especially the frozen Negroni or Blue Kapalua. Meanwhile, house cocktails range from the Golden Cup, made with Neversink gin, pink strawberries, and cucumber, to the Rube Ricky, which contains Zirkova vodka, tarragon, rhubarb, and lemon.

Whether you’re an avid seafood fan in search of the freshest oysters in the city or just looking for a trendy place to enjoy a refreshing cocktail, we’re confident The Golden Hour will quickly become your local haunt. 


All photos via The Golden Hour.

Photographer: Katie June Burton.

Emily Southey
Emily Southey is a freelance writer from Vancouver. Currently based in Toronto, it was during her time studying History and English at McGill and University College London that she became interested in writing. When she's not working, you can typically find her in a museum, baking cupcakes, watching Disney musicals, or Instagramming her new favourite coffee spot.