Memorial Day Extravaganze Part II- Upstate Oyster Bar & Huertas

After our Brooklyn crawl we landed in the East Village hungry for some fresh seafood at one of our favorite places Upstate Oyster Bar.  As usual with such a popular and tiny space we had to wait about an hour for a table.  Luckily they take your name and send a text when it's ready so it's really just a little extra free time to walk around or grab a drink or two nearby.  

The menu changes daily but I highly suggest starting out with a big round of fresh oysters and one of the specials of the day.  On my visit the Scallops with Mushroom Risotto were absolute perfection. Big and crispy outside with that hearty rich pasta...yum.

Mr. T ordered his usual seafood go-to the Bouillabaisse chock full of fresh lobster, fish, shrimp and crab meat.  The meal at Upsate always ends with a free slice of lemon pound cake which is just delightful but I had bigger plans for my dessert :)

We recently celebrated my friends birthday at nearby Spanish restaurant Huertas (review to come soon) and I absolutely fell in love with their Churros.  It's so hard to find any with the right balance of soft chewy middle and crisp sugar exterior but Huertas has it all going on.

And they just happen to serve an incredible Marcona Almond Ice Cream. I seriously need to move closer to this place...

Upstate NYC
95 First Avenue @6th Street
New York, NY 10003

107 First Avenue @7th Street
New York, NY 10003