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French oysters in Manhattan?

ilny | Apr 15, 201207:04 AM

I was recently in Shanghai and enjoyed Gillardeau oysters for the first time in my life. Last week I had a sudden craving for oysters and decided to look up my go-to raw oysters spots in Manhattan and their oyster menu. It suddenly dawned on me that only oyster from North America are ever on the menu. That prompted me to research if there are USA restrictions on importing oysters beyond waters within North America countries? But then I thought how could this be? NYC is considered one of the culinary destinations in the world and many restaurants overnight all kinds of fresh seafood, meats, cheese, macaroons, noodles etc from all over the world... but not oysters? Still, as of yet I can not find them listed on menus anywhere. Is it possible to eat oysters from Europe or South Africa or Australia like I enjoyed during my trip abroad when home in NYC?

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