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June 24, 2014
Pearl Oyster Bar
Legendary lobster rolls got their New York City debut at Pearl Oyster Bar, an upscale New England seafood restaurant that also has plenty of other influences, including classic French cuisine. Delish lobster rolls to dream about and other seafood dishes with New England flair leave regulars happy as clams at Rebecca Charles’ lively West Village gem; given the close quarters and no-rez policy, it helps to get there early. Pearl Oyster Bar opened on July 2, 1997 on a shoestring with a bar, a counter and one four-top table. Visually, Pearl was meant to be an oasis of Yankee charm; a sliver of Maine 's Southern Coast in the middle of Greenwich Village . For years Rebecca looked for the perfect space where she says, “You'd carry the feeling of Pearl outside with you when you left.” When she found 18 Cornelia Street , she knew she had found it. Rebecca did not hire designers and architects to create a New England ideal; instead she drew on her memories, exactly as she had with the food. Inside a collection of antique oil lamps from the flea markets on Rt. 1 in Wells, Maine line Pearl 's walls. Fish signs like those at Portland 's Harbor Fish Company, hang on the walls. Even the color scheme she chose- gray, silver, pale blue and sand-is meant to reflect colors you find at the beach.