Oyster on Halsted is an oyster bar and East Coast-inspired seafood restaurant opening in Lincoln Park (1962 N. Halsted St.) in November 2015. The concept was created in partnership with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises' founder Rich Melman and the team behind Shaw's Crab House and Oyster Bar, including Shaw's Partner Bill Nevruz and Executive Chef Pete Balodimas.
"We want Oyster on Halsted to be a true neighborhood spot that offers the same upstanding and personalized hospitality and service that guests expect at Shaw's in a casual and fun environment" - Bill Nevruz
Additionally, the team will open Low Tide Lounge, a subterranean cocktail lounge located in the lower level of Oyster on Halsted that will offer a selection of craft cocktails.
Chicagoans will be able to get a first taste of Oyster on Halsted at the 27th annual Oyster Fest taking place Friday, September 11 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are available at Oysterfestchicago.com.
"The menu will be oyster centric and use the same relationships with oyster farmers on both coasts that we have developed over the last 30 years at Shaw's" - Chef Balodimas
At the center of the Oyster on Halsted menu are the oysters on a half shell from both coasts and a variety of fresh seafood dishes and East Coast classics. The menu will include signature dishes like: Stuffies - a classic stuffed clam dish baked with chorizo, Steamers with drawn butter and lemon, chilled cocktails like King Crab Cocktail, a Lobster Roll prepared two ways (either a New England style served chilled with mayo or a Connecticut variation served warm with butter) a Lobster Spaghetti with lobster jus, cured tomato and arugula, and more. The menu will also feature a selection of fresh fish like the Crispy "One Sided" Snapper with Thai chili, fish sauce, lime and cilantro.