Billy The Oysterman started out as a dive in downtown Manhattan at the beginning of the 20th century. This was before the city's oyster beds were polluted and the proprietor served salty mollusks that were raw, boiled or stewed and customers simply threw the used oyster shells on the floor. We're not sure if the owners of the restaurant took over the name as a tribute to Billy but in the 30s and 40s this was one of the most famous seafood restaurants in New York. As this 1947 menu shows, by that time oysters were bought in from other parts of the US and the menu was filled with other seafood choices.
Courtesy Private Collection.
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