Archive for February, 2012

Love Letter

A customer left us this great missive on the back of their receipt.

For the record, we feature the same special every night of the week from 5-7pm: half dozen oysters & one beer – owners’ choice, (like dealer’s choice but in this case you actually win) for $12. And speaking of oysters, check out today’s selection and updated draught list.

See you upstate!

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February 29th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

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Yup it’s Friday folks – a sacred day for you corporate citizens. What better way to welcome in the weekend than consuming a giant pile of fresh oysters!  

Only people up at 7am this rainy Friday morning are us and Dunkin’ Donuts across the street

Just finished baking four Wife’s Whiskey cakes this dreary morning. And now we’re waiting on fish and beer deliveries. Thankfully with coffee and 1010 Wins to keep us company. Updated draught list and oyster list soon to follow.

See you upstate!

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February 24th, 2012 at 8:38 am

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We Put Down A Walker

Holiday weekends mean no fish, beer or wine deliveries on Sunday & Monday.

Caught in the act – trying on the wife’s shoes

We spent the morning catching up on the latest episodes of The Walking Dead. LUV that show. Equally into the Walking Dead Wiki which covers both the comic issues as well as the TV series: uh-may-zing and an excellent way to waste spend time.

Will have a massive delivery on Tuesday with an updated draught list and oyster selection to follow.

See you upstate!

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February 20th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

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New York State of Mind

What better way to embrace our New York state pride than to offer this fine state in an edible form. An excellent pairing with Wife’s Whiskey Cake or so we thought…

Giant New York state cookie cutter

Red dot (cinnamon imperials) was suppose to be Albany

So for now, we’ll be sticking with the cake. Why mess with a good thing, right? And speaking of good things – updated draught list, enjoy.

See you upstate!

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February 16th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

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Our Fettuccine and Clams Recipe

For Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share the recipe of our favorite and most popular dish: fettuccine & clams. Eat in for a change, make a romantic dinner for two.

@immaculateinfat tweeted this pix a couple of weeks ago: Friday night can't get much better. Oysters, beers, mussels & fettuccine w/clams @upstate95first

 Ingredients – serves two:

  • 1/2 lb dry fettuccine
  • 12-18 littleneck clams (cleaned)
  • 16 oz white wine
  • 16 oz fish stock
  • 6 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 1 small white onion (sliced thin)
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp bread crumbs
  • 4 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 tbsp canola oil

  1. use a pot large enough to hold all the clams and that can be covered with a lid
  2. heat pan over high heat
  3. add canola oil and onions, cook til translucent
  4. add half the chopped garlic, cook until slightly colored
  5. turn off flame, add white wine to deglaze the pan
  6. turn flame back on to medium high, bring to boil
  7. add fish stock and clams
  8. cover pot, let clams steam until opened (discard any that don’t)
  9. in separate pot, cook pasta according to box for al dente and then set aside
  10. remove clams from pot set aside and remove the top shell
  11. add cooked pasta to sauce

With all the garlic and onion-y flavor we tend to pair this with a nice dry Riesling, in order to enjoy all the savory-ness of the dish. Dr Frank’s winery  Finger Lakes, NY makes quite a few award-winning ones that are also reasonably priced too. A lot of the NYC wine shops carry the label.

Let us know how your dinner turned out.

See you upstate!

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February 11th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

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NY Giant Oysters Take Two

Quite the successful Sunday for us New York folks – Giants won, Madonna rocked and we tricked two customers won our wild Blue Point oyster give-away.

Our oyster knives couldn't handle the job


The lovely Clara was ready, willing and able

Tyler saved his monster oyster for dessert

We scored some bonus footage – video of Clara consuming the monster. For some reason the audio doesn’t work, which actually makes it even funnier.

Many thanks to our adventurous patrons, they were good sports. Check out today’s draught list and oyster selections.

See you upstate!

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February 6th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

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NY Giant Oysters

We got in wild Blue Point oysters from Strong Long Island. Giants. And in honor of some other NY Giants, on Sunday evening we will be giving away a couple of them, that is if anyone is willing to try one.

That is not a doll hand

Tattoos courtesy of our hipster shucker




In addition to monster oysters, this Super Bowl LXVI we will also have a monster special.



All oysters will be $1.50
A buck fifty folks!
From 2pm – 8pm
You’re welcome!








We are closing early for the Super Bowl. 8pm sharp! Because there is no TV so we gotta go home to watch second half of the game.

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See you upstate!

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February 4th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

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Drink New York – Literally

New York ranks #40 on the list of US state breweries per capita based on the Brewers Association’s count of operating breweries and the 2010 Census population. Um, yeah we don’t quite get the math but that’s not really the point. Vermont is #1. Vermont. A bunch of crunchy tree hugging hippies out ranked us?

Created by From All Things New York






We’ve also been rotating some New York vineyards onto our wine list.

You all went bonkers over the Wolffer Estate Rose we served this summer.

And now we’ve got a few different whites in the house for everyone to try.

We’d love to serve mulled wine, that is if winter ever really arrives.






Our friend Sarah, also a fellow upstater from Buffalo sent us this map below. We love us some chicken rigges. Ridiculously spicy good. (Husband can’t handle spicy)

In addition to Vermont, the top 5 states in breweries per capita are: Oregon, Montana, Colorado and Maine. So we’ve got some drinking to do as the next Census is in 2016. Lucky for all of you, we just updated our draught selection today.

See you upstate!

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February 2nd, 2012 at 10:56 pm

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