The Ten Bells

30s / After Work / Business Casual / Cash Only / Casual / Conversational / Couples / Date Place / Foodies / Happy Hour / Intimate / Jazz / Jeans and T-Shirt / Laid back / Late 20s / Oyster Bar / Restaurant / Romantic / Sandwiches / Seafood / Small Plates / Wine / Wine Bar / Wine Lovers
The Ten Bells Legend has it that oysters are an aphrodisiac, so a cushy spot with an oyster bar seems made for amorous encounters – and that's just what The Ten Bells delivers. New York United States 40.717801 -73.98985
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The Ten Bells - Oyster Bar | Restaurant | Wine Bar in New York.
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Party Earth Review Legend has it that oysters are an aphrodisiac, so a cushy spot with an oyster bar seems made for amorous encounters – and that’s just what The Ten Bells delivers. Although the venue’s simple chalkboard sign in front of... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    F, J, M, Z: Delancey Street-Essex Street; B, D: Grand Street-Chrystie Street

  • Phone:

    212-228-4450

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  • Hours:

    M–F 5pm–2am, Sa–Su 3pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Ten Bells Review

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Legend has it that oysters are an aphrodisiac, so a cushy spot with an oyster bar seems made for amorous encounters – and that's just what The Ten Bells delivers.

Legend has it that oysters are an aphrodisiac, so a cushy spot with an oyster bar seems made for amorous encounters – and that’s just what The Ten Bells delivers.

Although the venue’s simple chalkboard sign in front of a black tenement door is less than promising, this candlelit and affably chic wine cellar turns out to be just right for couples in the mood for an unforgettable date.

With smooth jazz as a backdrop, guests are seated at the bar where the friendly chefs and wait staff invite them to sip cabernet and sample some oysters, or settle in at one of the high-top tables for conversation and a bite to eat.

Pressed tin ceilings, potted plants, and a scattering of black-and-white photographs make up most of the simple yet warm décor, though the focus of the crowd of dating couples and local foodies is clearly on the row of chalkboards, where they’ll find an ever-changing menu and an extensive wine list featuring labels from around the globe.

Larger groups can squeeze into the communal table tucked into a dark corner, which provides even more privacy in this already well-secluded nightspot where Lower East Siders and young professionals gather to relax over a carafe or two.

Despite its usually bustling crowds, Ten Bells remains a subdued haven for laid-back conversation – and with the low lights and love potions aplenty, the place definitely sets the perfect flirtatious mood.

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Tip from Emma:

Finding Ten Bells can be a little tricky – look for a small black sidewalk sign in front of a heavy black door on Broome Street between Orchard and Ludlow. Get there before 7pm to enjoy oysters at a dollar each.

  • Crowd

    Foodies, young professionals, after-work groups, and daters, late 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient smooth jazz. The weekly Sunday Night Delicacies features new wines and unique entrées based on themes like BBQ, Cajun, or octopus.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Extensive wine list. Menu features oysters, pulled pork sandwiches, crab puff pastries, and cheese plates. Oyster Bar Happy Hour daily opening–7pm. Cash only.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $2–$12. Wine $7+/glass, $30+/bottle, $75+/magnum.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans and t-shirts to business casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Sundays for Sunday Night Delicacies, and Fridays or Saturdays for date night.

  • Close By

    Patrons looking to up the energy for the night can head to PKNY (49 Essex Street), a very cool tiki bar just a block south.

The Ten Bells User Reviews

Average rating:
The Pefect Date spot to take a young Angelica Houston
Taj S. Feb 20, 2013
This place is the epitome of cool. The Ten Bells made me lament not owning a classy pipe made of ivory. Some places have good food or good music or the staff is really nice, but Ten Bells has it all. The selections vary a little from day to day, but the choices are always delicious or at least I have yet to have anything I dislike. Wine list is impressive so whether you are sweet or sour, dry or wet, red or white, they have something for your taste buds. Only thing that threw me off momentarily is that the ambient smooth jazz selection can get a little bit loud at times, but these are momentary lapses that don't heavily impact the experience. The soft lights and aromatic food make it perfect for a date spot, but I've only gone with small groups of twenty somethings like myself, but a good time was had by all. If you're looking for a place with some warmth, personality, and an undercurrent of sassy, then The Ten Bells should be in the top ten, it is for me.
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