Westport Oysters Pop Up At Grand Central

Claus Meyer is a world-famous food activist, cookbook author, professor and TV host. A founder of the New Nordic cuisine philosophy, his Copenhagen restaurant Noma was rated the Best in the World 4 times (!) since 2010.

So it was pretty cool the other day when he showed up at Sherwood Mill Pond. He visited the Northrop family’s Hummock Island house, accessible only by boat — the base of operations for their famous oyster farm.

He and a few of his chefs sat with the Northrops, discussing the finer points of oystering.

Claus Meyer (left) and Jeff Northrop Jr. at Old Mill Beach, before their oyster farm tour and tasting.

Claus Meyer (left) and Jeff Northrop Jr. at Old Mill Beach, before their oyster farm tour and tasting.

But that’s not the whole story.

Meyer invited Jeff and his son (Jeff Jr.) to be part of his food operation in Grand Central Terminal.

That’s the 16,000-square foot Great Northern Food Hall in Vanderbilt Hall, which has taken the historic landmark by storm.

Which is why — all week long — commuters, other travelers and food lovers of all kinds have been stopping  in at the Hummock Island Oyster pop-up bar.

Pat Hanna and Kenny Varyruardrok of Hummock Island Shellfish opening oysters from Westport for the hungry masses.

Pat Hanna and Kenny Varyruardrok of Hummock Island Shellfish opening oysters from Westport for the hungry masses.

They’ll be there through next Thursday (December 22) tomorrow (Friday, December 16) from 4-8 p.m.

That’s good news for Westporters heading home via Grand Central.

But if you’re not — heck, even if you are, but you love Hummock Island oysters — you can get them at Pearl at Longshore, any day of the week.

 

7 responses to “Westport Oysters Pop Up At Grand Central

  1. Great to see a Westport business rooted in our history doing well. By the way, I’ve encountered Cockenoe oysters in Maine, Philadelphia, and of course at the Oyster Bar in GCT

  2. Audrey Doniger

    This is such good news ..to see that the waters around Westport are viable again–I have very fond memories of taking my brood of four to Burying Hill beach every summer and collecting mussels….in fact I never left my house without a bucket in th trunk. We had mussels,cooked every which way at least twice a week…they were delish and ,no,we never got sick….good luck to the oyster men and I can’t wait to slurp one down.

  3. Best oysters and proud of our Westporters! This Copenhagen restaurant also renown and my Danish CT family knows this. Pearl Restaurant – – a gem. Headed out of NYC today and will stop by GCT oyster pop up for sure. Thanks Dan – and 06880!

  4. So cool! Cap had no idea what would become of those oyster beds!! Congrats cousin Jeff and son!

  5. Listen up Westporters. If you haven’t tried those oysters, you should. They are sweet and briny and absolutely delectable.

  6. Patrick LeBedis

    It would be really fantastic if this could evolve into a new restaurant at Old Mill Beach

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