Chef Laurence Edelman of Left Bank has a special place in my heart. He taught me how to shuck my first oyster back in the day when I was just a wee bivalve newb. He’s also the only one who still knows me as my previous MO. “Peek & Eat!” He’d exclaim, using a tone that is usually reserved for recollecting buried childhood nicknames. Well, I guess you all now know too. When Chef Laurence left the Mermaid Oyster Bar to open Left Bank, he went on a hiatus from oysters. Maybe to get some distance. Maybe to build a new perspective. It wasn’t until the beginning of this year — during an epic oyster-eating tradition that him and his wife share — that he decided to get back into the half shell game. So NYC’ers: If you’re ever hankering for some good, hearty, honest food, make your way to Laurence and Micheline’s Left Bank on Perry Street.