Frank M. Flower & Sons is considered the last of the old-school oyster companies. Founded in 1887, they harvest with a boat straight out of the 1930s and produce a meaty, time-tested crowd pleaser.
Home to Pete Malinowski’s parents’ farm, Fishers Island oysters offer up an unadulterated splash of the sea. They’re fresh, sweet, salty and heartily endorsed by the Billion Oyster Project.
These mild, earthy oysters were once so popular, enterprising shucksters tried to pawn off their lesser shells as beloved Bluepoints. In 1908, to combat a wave of false advertising, legislators made a move to legally define the Bluepoints’ range as the Great South Bay of Long Island.
These bivalves are briny but pure. The farmers pride themselves on the oyster’s cup, which has picture-perfect texturing and a teardrop shape, which they guarantee by shaking the oysters as they grow.