The menu: local oysters to take away

Welcome to the first month of 2022, which for those unaware, is the best time of year for oysters. While long gone are the days of only eating oysters in the colder months thanks to, uh, refrigeration, this time of year is when oysters reach their more desirable lean and firm texture and their bright, brackish flavor. Here’s a map of where to find some of our favorite North Fork oysters and where to buy them. Prepare your bullet knives!

Peconic Gold Oysters | Illustration by Kelly Franké
  1. PECONIC GOLD OYSTERS

Oyster name: Little classics, dinosaurs

Taste notes: complex, tasty, smoky

Pair with: Macari Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling Pointe Blanc de Blancs

Cost: $25/2 dozen

21125 county road. 48 years old, Cutchogue

Peeko Oysters | Illustration by Kelly Franké

2. PEEKO OYSTERS

Oyster name: Peeko Oysters

Taste notes: salty, sweet, nutty

Pair with: Muscadet or Sancerre

Cost: $15/baker’s dozen

900 First St., New Suffolk (more other locations, see website)

Hampton Oyster Co. | Illustration by Kelly Franké

3. HAMPTON OYSTER CO.

Oyster name: Walks

Taste Notes: salty, vibrant, clean

Pair with: Viognier from the Peconic Bay vineyard

Cost: $18/dozen, $25/2 dozen

At Peconic Bay Vineyards, 31320 Main Road, Cutchogue (also at the Farms For the Future farm stand in Southold, 3005 Youngs Ave.)

Cornell Oysters | Illustration by Kelly Franké

4. CORNEL OYSTERS

Oyster name: Cornell’s Peconic Bay Oyster

Taste notes: salty, sweet, creamy

Pair with: Viognier 2020 from Caves Bedell

Cost: $15/dozen

170 Jockey Creek Drive, Southold (also found in East Marion, Laurel and Riverhead)

Founders of Oyster Farm | Illustration by Kelly Franké

5. OYSTER FARM OF THE FOUNDERS

Oyster name: Founders Oysters

Taste Notes: delicious brine with a sweet finish

Pair with: your favorite North Fork sparkling wine

Cost: $15/baker’s dozen

140 Founders Road, Southold

Southold Bay Oysters | Illustration by Kelly Franké

6. SOUTHOLD BAY OYSTERS

Oyster name: Southold Shindigs

Taste Notes: sweet taste with a briny finish

Pair with: Sauvignon Blanc 2020 from Suhru Wines

Cost: $15/baker’s dozen

10273 North Bayview Road, Southold

Yennicott oysters | Illustration by Kelly Franké

seven. YENNICOTT OYSTERS

Oyster name: Yennicott oysters

Taste Notes: salty, salty, sweet

Pair with: McCall Wines 2018 Chardonnay Reserve

Cost: $10/half dozen, $20/dozen

At KK’s Farm, 59945 Main Road, Southold

Small Ram Oysters | Illustration by Kelly Franké

8. LITTLE RAM OYSTER CO.

Oyster name: Small ram oysters

Taste Notes: Tastes like. Holidays

Pair with: Sauvignon Blanc Shared Table

Cost: $30/burlap bag of 25

12710 Soundview Ave, Southold

Peconic pearls | Illustration by Kelly Franké

9. PECONIC PEARLS

Oyster name: peconic pearls

Taste notes: sweet with a delicate brine

Pair with: Paumanok Chenin Blanc Vineyards

Cost: $15/baker’s dozen

At Southold Fish Market, 64755 Main Road, Southold

Widows Own Oyster Farm | Illustration by Kelly Franké

ten. LE TROU DES VEUVES OYSTER FARM

Oyster name: Oyster from the widow’s hole

Taste notes: crispy, clean, salty

Pair with: Parisian tea

Cost: $6/half dozen, $12/dozen

307 Flint Street, Greenport

Shelfish Co. Oyster Ponds | Illustration by Kelly Franké

11. CO.

Oyster name: Selection of oyster ponds

Taste Notes: plump, brackish, mineral finish

Pair with: Miller High Life – The champagne of beers

Cost: $12/dozen

At Latham Farms, 21920 Main Road, Orient

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