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Zagat: Flatiron District's L&W Oyster Co. Mixes Flavors Of NYC, New England

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L&W Oyster Co. in the Flatiron District is what happens when a New England clam shack meets a New York oyster bar. Zagat editor Kelly Dobkin filed the following report.

The owners of Almond in Manhattan and Bridgehampton are behind L&W Oyster Co., a new seafood den in the Flatiron District that draws inspiration from both New England and New York City.

"We wanted to kind of branch off a little bit and try something a little bit different," says Antonio Rappazzo, the owner of L&W Oyster Co. "This is our sister restaurant, of course, and we’re trying to bring great seafood to a little kind of clam shack."

The kitchen is helmed by chef David Belknap, formerly of Per Se, whose menu features both a traditional raw bar and some unconventional takes on classic dishes.

"We’re having a little fun with the menu, Dave and Jason are being very creative," says Rappazzo. "There’s a have a lot of small items, medium items, some sandwiches. There’s some great entrees in the mix. There’s the Ahi Tuna Ranchers, which no one has seen yet. It’s ahi tuna, wrapped in a little wonton crisp that’s flash-fried. It actually has a little bow that kind of resembles a Jolly Rancher. People seem to be having fun with that."

The space features some quirky vintage memorabilia as well as reclaimed wood that was sourced locally in Brooklyn.

"We really took the opportunity to kind of explore, utilizing New York for what it is and what it can offer. Some of the banquettes are built with pier wood from Coney Island that was restored," says Rappazzo. "The lighting was so much fun, it was built with copper to kind of resemble fishing poles. If you head the restroom, down the stairs, you’ll see our personal wallpaper we’ve created, which just has every book by Dr. Seuss you could possibly remember growing up. We’re certainly a young, fun group, we all have young children, and the Dr. Seuss wallpaper seems to be a big hit."

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