Best Place to Slurp Oysters - 2000
Zuni is all about oysters -- well, and roasted chicken and people-watching, too -- the shucking of oysters, the slurping of them, the absolute Zen of them. The venue provides the classic setting in which to consume a platter: The battered zinc bar is present and accounted for, a long and fetching array of iced mollusks is displayed behind it, the varieties are noted on a chalkboard hanging above, and there's a chattering, hungry crowd enjoying draft beers and icy martinis along with their belons. The species are also listed on your menu along with their places of origin and culinary characteristics. The countermen are quick-fingered, knowledgeable, and professional, and the fresh, ambrosial oysters display enough subtle differences to make comparing and contrasting a long and delightful business.