Why You Should Save The Date For NYC's Billion Oyster Party

Food festivals are a dime a dozen these days, and it's becoming increasingly difficult to find ones that not only serve high-quality and diverse food, but also benefit a worthwhile cause. Enter New York City's third annual Billion Oyster Party, to be held this year on the evening of Thursday, May 19, at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Benefitting the Billion Oyster Project, whose ambitious mission we've previously covered, the event will feature unlimited oysters from more than 40 farms nationwide, in addition to live music, signature bites from 17 city restaurants and a premium open bar.

The event's organizers hope to collect more than 20,000 oyster shells to grow new live oysters and to use as reef substrate in New York Harbor, helping to restore the local marine ecosystem's natural mechanisms for maintaining itself — resulting in cleaner water and greater biodiversity. To date, the project has already grown more than 16.5 million oysters while restoring over an acre of reef area.

Food Republic is honored to exclusively reveal this year's restaurant dishes below. Encompassing well-known establishments in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, the selection of food is both diverse and complex.

Tickets are currently on sale and available for purchase. General admission tickets are $150, while early-access VIP tickets are $500. Check out the party's official website for more information and to learn more about this terrific initiative.

Participating restaurants/dishes:Bistrot Bagatelle

Homemade gnocchi with black truffle pesto filling and truffle sauce

Brooklyn Crab

Crab dip with crostini

Crave Fishbar

Faroe Island salmon crudo with chili ginger, Chinese long beans and shallots

Docks Oyster Bar

Pan-seared Maryland crab cakes with tartar sauce, lemon wedge and celery root slaw; shrimp gumbo with shrimp and crawfish tails and Andouille sausage


Oyster with charred fingerling potato and pesto powder

Ed's Chowder House

Chilled white shrimp with cranberry bean salad and lemon aioli

Gramercy Tavern & Untitled

Marinated fluke and snap peas with carrot dashi

Grand Army


Grand Central Oyster Bar

Togarashi-spiced bigeye tuna squares over pickled Persian cucumbers with yuzu-­ponzu sauce and spiced peanuts


Little gems with tahini and seeds

The Lobster Place and Cull & Pistol

Steelhead salmon poke with hijiki, soy beans, tobiko, FishGuys poke sauce, crunchy noodle


Spicy Tahitian tuna poke with inamona, shoyu and crispy taro

Saltaire Oyster Bar and Fish House & London Lennie's

Spring oyster stew with leeks, parsnips and English peas

The Mercer Kitchen

Peekytoe crab crostini with garlic aioli

The Clam

Hand-raked Long Island little necks with Bloody Mary cocktail sauce and pickled ramps

Bar Sardine & Fedora

Smoked bluefish pâté

W&T Seafood

Gazpacho oyster shooters

The Billion Oyster Party

Pioneer Works

159 Pioneer St., Brooklyn, NY 11231

Thursday, May 19, 2016; 6-10 p.m.