We’d like to tell you a long, short, salty oyster story. You’ll be amazed by the history, sad for what happened to it, and hopeful that you can join us in the Renaissance of the New York Oyster, because who doesn’t love an underdog.
With clear eyes, full hearts, and a beautiful plot of water in the Great Peconic Bay of Long Island, we’re kickstarting this bivalve comeback story in a big way.
In the coming months, we intend to bring you with us, whether or not you make it to Southampton in person (we strongly suggest you do, for your own sake).
Our posts will jump between the past, present, and future to give you context on what you see us doing and to facilitate comparison between the Big Apple of today and the Big Oyster of the past.
Call us oyster nerds, but the history of the Eastern Oyster is one worth telling, particularly in New York. Think pulsing oyster cellars with sawdust on the floor and ale-induced brawls, big business, and an oyster cart on every corner and a dozen in every mouth (not all at once – that’d be vulgar).
Of course, we would be remiss not to mention their fascinating ecosystem function, physiology and environmental healing properties, but we’ll save that for a rainy day.
For those of you who like doing your homework, give Mark Kurlansky’s The Big Oyster a read or a skim, available on Amazon.
For the rest of us, here’s the deal: every Friday, starting October 14th until forever, we’ll hit you up with an historical oyster nougat starting from the time of Henry ‘Hank’ Hudson and a present snapshot at www.westrobins.com. Throughout the week, we’ll post content to Instagram that meshes with the weekly theme.
And for you party people wondering whether to order bubbles or beer this weekend, we encourage you to embrace the broader socioeconomic quandary oysters sparked in their ubiquity.
“The only class difference in America was between the people who had Champagne with their oysters and those who washed them down with beer” – Charles McKay, 1857, New York.
Whether you dress up or down or prefer no dress at all, enjoy the weekend and see you next Friday.