"It is unseasonable and unwholesome in all months that have not an r in their name to eat an oyster," Dyets Dry Dinner declared back in 1599. Nowadays, you can eat oysters on the half shell all year round, but they taste best when the water is icy and the days are short. They also taste best when they're less expensive and you really should still be at work—so aroint thee to an oyster happy hour. Elliott's: Mon–Fri 3–6 pm, oysters start at 50 cents each and go up a quarter every half hour; Flying Fish: daily 4–6 pm at the bar only, 50 cents each; Anchovies & Olives: Sun–Thurs 5–6 pm and 10 pm–close, $1 each; the Brooklyn: daily 4–6 pm, $1.25 each; Frank's Oyster House: Tues–Sat 5–6:30 pm and 10–11 pm, $1.50 each. (More info at thestranger.com/chow)

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