MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Ray Schramm of Pelham doesn't eat oysters, but he sure knows how to shuck them.
His newly opened North East Oyster Company in Mamaroneck-- literally a long bar in a narrow storefront -- is all about regional oysters plucked from the shores of Long Island and other area waters.
The bar -- he is careful to note it is not a restaurant -- opened March 29 and offers a variety of four to six oysters, depending on what's fresh.
"I am focusing on northeast oysters in the spirit of supporting local/regional grower/farmers," he said. "Most people like to try all the choices and the select which ones they like for the second round. Offering them by the piece makes this convenient."
He's also big into value-priced wines you can't find everywhere, vintages like Tre Vigneti Pinot Grigio, Turley Old Vine Zin, and Barraud Pouilly-Fuisse priced starting at $5.75 a glass. Right now, he has 44 wines and an array of beer (no liquor).
Also on the menu: A cheese plate featuring cheeses from Vermont, Spain, Italy and France. "I want to offer food that compliments a value priced wine list that isn't readily available nearby," he said.
Schramm, a Bronxville native who's spent more than 30 years in the restaurant and wine business, said he chose this location, a former nail salon, for its traffic flow and vibrant commercial area.
As business increases he plans on offering more East and West Coast oyster selections.
North East Oyster Company, at 152 Mamaroneck Avenue, is open from 2 p.m. to 10 pm. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Call (914) 304-3313 for more information.
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