Jonathan Swift, most notable for his book, Gulliver's Travels, is quoted as having said, "He was a bold man that first ate an oyster." I concur. However, oysters are to the ocean, as pearls are to the oyster - treasures. Oysters can be eaten on the half shell, raw, boiled, smoked, baked, fried, roasted, stewed, braised, pickeled, and steamed. Preparations vary, and can range from extremely simple, a squeeze of lemon; to extremely complex, oysters rockefeller.
If you live in New York City and are itching to dine on the bivalve molluscs, I highly recommend you check out the following spots:
Grand Central Oyster Bar
John Dory Oyster Bar at the Ace Hotel