Why Come Here? Fantastic, roatating selection of microbrews and oysters, casual setting

upstate craft beer & oyster bar, nyc

Calamari Salad

Upstate is an example of a simple concept executed perfectly. The focus, as the name implies, is on a rotating selection of craft beers and oysters. In fact, they don’t even have a freezer which means the oysters selection often changes daily. The beers also change frequently among unusual varieties of brews that will give even the most seasoned connessieurs something new to try each time. Throw in the casual setting and friendly service and I could easily come here once or twice a week.

best smoked salmon, upstate, nyc

House Cured Salmon

However, it would be a shame to miss out on the full menu which also varies depending what’s fresh from the sea. While I found everything to be enjoyable, if the house cured salmon is on the menu it’s an absolute must order (review below).  My non-oyster picks are below and I’ll add any new dishes I try to my DishEnvy page.

House Cured Salmon  This is the best cured salmon I’ve had outside of Norway – it literally melts in your mouth and doesn’t let the smoke and salt overpower the fish. Get it!

Calamari Salad  This dish has a strong char flavor even though the calamari don’t look like they’ve been grilled. The kale also holds up nicely to the squid.

Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar
95 First Avenue (5th & 6th Sts)
New York, NY
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