Seaborn Oyster Co.
Get ya some of these starting next Thursday.
Cyrus Buffum brings his Seaborn Oyster Co. to Basic Kitchen Thursdays this fall. Seaborn's pop-up raw bar, The Red Balloon, kicks things off on Thurs. Oct. 25 from 5:30-8 p.m. Hand shucked oysters will be available for $3 a piece, and guests can also order from Basic Kitchen's full menu.
The inspiration for the courtyard raw bar comes from the mid-1800s: dark doorways led to New York oyster cellars and were marked by the glow of large, red balloons, lit by candles. A 2001 NYT
article says, "The oyster cellar became as New York an institution as the papaya bar; the earliest record is from 1783, when one opened on Broad Street. The cellars were usually a few steps below street level, and advertised with an 'oyster balloon' by the stairwell. These 'balloons,' red muslin globes, were lighted at night, usually until late."