NYC’s the Real Mother Shuckers Honors the Legacy of Black Oystermen

Moody (aka 37-year-old Ben Harney Jr) founded Brooklyn’s only oyster cart, the Real Mother Shuckers, in 2019 as a way to return oysters to their former ubiquity. Although most people associate the shellfish with upscale dining, oysters used to be widespread in New York during the 1800s, from street stalls selling oyster snacks to raw bars in the basements of buildings. Many of these oyster …

The One Nighter (50 Oysters)

Available to ship throughout the US, these oysters embody the fresh taste of New York’s Long Island. Harvested daily in Little Peconic Bay, they feature deep-cupped bottom shells (whose golden color palette evokes that of a croissant) that imbue the oysters with greater flavor. Their liquor (natural liquid) is bright and salty but not overwhelmingly so. Altogether, Peeko’s shellfish are balanced with a punchy brine …

Chargrilled Sardine Loins in Pickled Sauce

These large, hand-cut sardine loins are grilled over an open fire of holm oak and then conserved in escabeche—a traditional Spanish marinade which consists of Arbequino extra virgin olive oil from Torre de Canena, as well as Acid for the House vinegar from Microbio Wines, onions and spices. With a subtle but fresh flavor, these juicy treats instantly evoke authentic Spanish vermouth.