Chances are if you dine out often, you’ve glanced at the term “raw bar” on a menu before. You might not know what one is, and this isn’t a case of being ignorant, this is knowledge that the average person is unaware of. Fear not, dear readers, we’re about to give the proper explanation to this question and answer the curiosities that some of you may have…
What IS a Raw Bar?
A raw bar is a part of a restaurant (sometimes it’s an entire restaurant itself), that primarily serves raw fish such as shrimp and oysters. Ideally, a raw bar refers to a variety of seafood that’s both cooked and raw but served cold. In some restaurants, other foods accompany the fish that’s served cold. These can include produce, meat, sauces, condiments, and alcoholic beverages such as beer. Most of the time, a raw bar is packed with fresh ice throughout the day to maintain its cold temperature.
Enjoying a Raw Bar and Beyond
When it comes to enjoying the offerings of a raw bar, you only want the best ingredients that have the freshest quality. That’s why there’s never a bad time to enjoy an oyster and cocktail at Salt & Barrel. Since 1937, we’ve upheld a family tradition in providing our customers with the very best. Not only do we serve the finest oysters and most exquisite cocktails on Long Island, but we have a menu that appeals to all sensibilities.
Come for the oysters at the raw bar, stay for the cocktails at the full bar. Our signature cocktails are one of a kind and always pair well with oysters. And remember—all oysters are half-price during happy hour. Here are some of our favorite concoctions.
- My Love for Linton A kick is what you need, and a kick you shall receive. We blend Benhams gin, Lemon, Spiced pear, Five-spice grenadine, and prosecco.
- Things Went South in Oaxaca Just because you’re in New York doesn’t mean you can’t experience the decadence of Spring Break in Cancun. A concoction of Mezcal, Habenjero honey, Lime, and Cardamero will have the fire alarm ringing in no time at all.
- Hemingway Daiquiri Strong enough to break any writers’ block! Our blend of Silver rum, Grapefruit juice, Pamplemousses, Maraschino liqueur and Lime juice is bound to stimulate the senses.
Salt and Barrel is located at 61 West Main St. in Bay Shore, NY. For a complete menu of all our decadent offerings, visit us online.