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Brine Oysters, Crudo + Chops
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Brine Oysters, Crudo + Chops
Brine Oysters, Crudo + Chops, most recently featured in the Boston Globe as Newburyport’s Tasty Late Night Treasure, is tempting, cool, bold and delicate in food, atmosphere and experience.
Located on State Street in the heart of downtown Newburyport, Brine is New England’s first oyster, crudo and chop bar. The brainchild of local restaurateur Nancy Batista Caswell, Brine brings together a love for the sea and a respect for the land in a hip, mercantile-style setting. Brine features industrial lighting, modern galvanized furnishings and a Carrera marble bar that is unique in Newburyport. Brine is the sister restaurant to Caswell’s Ceia Kitchen and Bar, located just across the street.
A visit to Brine, brings with it the opportunity to sample its smorgasbord of gastric delights starting with its famous oysters. Its an easy pivot to other seafood-based dishes including ceviche, crudo and fresh bivalves, Other dishes include variations of tartare, carpaccio, sashimi and Daily Dock specials. Carpet baggers and po-boys round out Brine’s Spanish and Italian-influenced menu.
Nothing says fresh oysters than watching them being shucked a few feet away from you and as the sign says on Brine’s front door, staff are shucking oysters constantly.
A major component to Brine’s menu is local harvests and greens meaning everything that is put on your plate or in your bowl is fresh and served with care and honor. Try Brine’s salmon tartare or their Tower Power, a collection of all raw items for your approval. For something on the bone you can’t go wrong with its prime rib-eye or pork chop. And of course, for bivalve lovers, there’s oysters on the half shell and littleneck clams. If you’re in the mood for something a a tad extravagant, there’s a caviar service unparalleled within city limits.
Since its opening, Brine has taken home many prestigious area awards including Best of Boston’s Best New Restaurant, Best Crudo and Light Night Nosh from Northshore Magazine’s Best of Northshore 2017, and many other accolades.
At Brine, variety is the spice of life. It’s market-driven menu is complimented by seasonal craft beers and a wide selection of wines that goes with every meal. For those looking for a late-night nosh, executive chef Justin Shoults’s kitchen is open late every weekend making it the perfect perch for hungry night owls. And every Thursday night, from 9 to 11 p.m. is Brine’s renowned “Buck a Shuck” event.
Brine is open seven days a week Monday through Wednesday from 4 to 10:30 p.m, Thursday from 4 to 11:45 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 11;45 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 10:30 p.m. On weekends, the kitchen is closed from 3 to 4 p.m. but the bar remains open.
And with a team who truly treats every customer as a guest, we are proud to call Brine a top Newburyport VIP.