New York Diner’s Lucky Catch in Oyster Lunch

A man dining at the Grand Central Oyster Bar realized a pearl in his oyster. Would you still eat oysters after this?

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“Waiter, there’s a pearl in my oyster,” was perhaps what one man at the Grand Central Oyster Bar thought of saying when he chomped down on something round, pearly and precious.

The lucky fellow, Rick Antosh, a retired hospitality executive, was at an oyster bar in Grand Central Station, New York City in December when he discovered the unexpected find in his lunch, according to CNN.

“I just all of a sudden felt something like a tooth or a filling and it’s terrifying,” Antosh told CNN affiliate PIX11 News. “And then holy crap, I realized it’s not a tooth, it’s a pearl.”

For lunch, Antosh ordered an oyster pan roast and had been eating it with a high-school friend when he felt something strange. The 66-year-old then called the Oyster Bar to find out more about the shucking discovery.

“I got the floor manager and asked how often does this happen,” Antosh told PIX11. “And he said I’ve never heard of that happening yet.”

Oyster experts agree that Antosh joined an exclusive club because of his pearlfect catch.

“Finding a pearl in an edible oyster is very rare,” Matthew Gray, Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, revealed to CNN via email.  “Anecdotally, it’s estimated to be something like 1/10,000, but I think this is being generous.”

Gray also noted that Antosh was especially lucky having found a pearl in an oyster roast, as it’s more common to spot the gemstones when eating oysters on the half shell.

Experts estimate that Antosh’s pearl could be worth $2,000-$4,000, according to PIX11.

Edible oyster pearls however, are less valuable than other kinds of pearls because they don’t shine as brightly in the same way, revealed Gray.

Antosh says that he plans on returning to the Oyster Bar to try his luck at finding more hidden pearly treasures. “Yeah, I’m on a roll,” he told PIX11.

Finding pearls in an oyster meal is rare, but one man in NYC managed to find one in his roast. How do you feel about eating oysters after this occurrence? Read more about this story on CNN here.

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A man dining at the Grand Central Oyster Bar realized a pearl in his oyster. Would you still eat oysters after this?

13% NO way
87% Ya, luckyyy
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