Anniversary Appetizers- Pearl Oyster Bar

The very first time I came to NYC Mr. T took me to Pearl Oyster Bar for lunch.  I sat at the crowded bar (which was the only seating in the house back then) ordered that glorious, chunky roll with shoestring fries and suddenly NYC (and Mr. T for that matter) was looking pretty good.  Does this guy know the way to my heart or what?  So we began our one year anniversary celebration here but I decided to go with all new dishes- Salt Baked Shrimp.

Somewhat similar to NY Noodletown but the whole shrimp, shell included, had been baked in the batter.  The accompanying homemade tarter sauce was out of this world and I’ve decided this will be my new appetizer at Pearl from now on.  Mr. T went with his usual bucket of steamers.   

Then onto a whole grilled lobster.

While I ordered the Pan Roasted Sea Scallops.  

Browned to perfection on top and served with some crisp asparagus and a rich butter sauce.  I didn’t even miss my lobster roll…unfortunately I don’t think I missed any of the calories either.  Oh well- c’est la vie. 

We were too full for dessert so we hopped in a cab home to relax for the rest of the night.  I was too excited to do anything more anyway.  Tomorrow was the “Entrée” portion of our Anniversary Weekend- lunch at Per Se!