Seafood

Cervo's

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Overview:

Coastal Spain & Portugal inspire the ever changing menu at this casual oyster bar & seafood specialist. Check out weekend brunch, especially the fantastic Fisherman’s breakfast of sardines, lox, pickles & toast.

Information:

Address: 43 Canal St, New York, NY 10002

Phone:  (212) 226-2545

Neighborhood: Chinatown

Price: $$-$$$


 

Chikarashi

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Overview:

In a city painfully oversaturated with raw fish and poke places, Chikarashi rises far and above. The fast casual counter spot offers high end chirashi bowls for dine-in or take away. Chef MIchael Jong Lim is an alum of restaurants like Masa, Aldea & Neta so it's no surprise that the man knows what he is doing with fish. There are 11distinctive bowl options and weekly specials with the highest quality fish you can find like expertly sliced bluefin toro, hamachi and unagi. Creative options include Sichuan chili salmon with sansho mayonnaise, furikake, shoyu daikon & katsuo panko or negitoro don tartare with nigiri shoyu, avocado, nori & shiso. It is rare & exciting to find such quality in what is essentially a fast casual concept. Look for two more locations opening soon in Nomad & FiDi. 

Information:

Address: 227 Canal St, New York, NY 10013

Phone: (646) 649-5965

Neighborhood: Chinatown, Financial District, Nomad

Price: $$


 

Fish Cheeks

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Overview

Fish Cheeks is a great Bond St eatery from two chef-brothers out of Thailand. The space is modern and casual with beautifully vibrant colors all around and tons of natural light coming in from the floor to ceiling window out front. The menu is Thai comfort food served mainly family style and meant for sharing. Dishes are contemporary versions of this fiery cuisine with bright presentations. Small plates here are excellent; try the calamari with tamarind & fish sauce glaze, raw shrimp with bird’s eye chili & mint or the super juicy dark meat fried chicken. There are 12 family style entrees so there is a lot to choose from in the way of whole fish and other seafood swimming in complex sauces. I found myself walking away truly excited for having had this meal and anxious to return. 

Information:

Address55 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

Phone (212) 677-2223

Neighborhood: Noho

Price: $$ -$$$


 

Zadie's Oyster Room


Overview:

The space at 413 E 12th has been a bit cursed for restaurants but Zadie's may be the one to finally stick. The tiny tin ceilinged, rustic space features just a hand full of tables and a bar. The menu is also small but offers a lot in the way of creativity. Oysters are served 7 different ways including poached, broiled, fried, pickled, and of course raw. The baked version is particularly delicious with seaweed butter, egg, prosciutto and leeks. Other bites include a tuna melt and caesar salad. It's a cute neighborhood spot with an extremely affordable wine list. 

Information:

Address:   413 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (646) 602-1300

Neighborhood: East Village  

Price: $$-$$$


 

Out East


Overview

Out East is a new venture from long time restaurant vet Anthony Serignese. The stylish, modern space is a true departure from what you'll typically find in the East Village. It is larger than anything else in the neighborhood, spanning multiple dining rooms, two floors, and two bars. Every element from the wall paper, to the flooring and the lights have been meticulously choreographed to reflect coastal culture. Like the interior, the menu is inspired by the ingredients of coastal New York. They offer tons of raw bar and beach fare including fluke ceviche, clam pizza, and a massive seafood tower with maine lobster, oysters, shrimp cocktail, littleneck clam salad & uni. Large entrees include heartier food like roasted chicken with aji amarillo and steak frites. Great place for groups and affordable enough to return often. 

Information:

Address: 509 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

Phone:  (212) 509-5096

Neighborhood: Soho

Website: https://www.outeastnyc.com/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Grand Banks

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photo: business insider


Overview

Grand Banks is a seasonal venue open throughout the warmer months in NYC, stationed on the Hudson River. The ship was built in 1942 and has been restored beautifully, with a massive bar and plenty of table seating. This is permanently docked so you can board at any time but you will undoubtedly encounter a line of well dressed, beautiful people. The cocktails are "nautically inspired" using fresh squeezed juices & locally sourced produce. The menu focuses on seafood with an eye on seasonality and sustainability. Dishes are elevated takes on crudo, raw bar, scallops and soft shell crabs. The overflowing lobster rolls are not to be missed.  

Information:

Address Hudson River Park, Pier 25, New York, NY 10013

Phone:   (212) 660-6312

Neighborhood: Tribeca

Website: http://www.grandbanks.org/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Ed's Lobster Bar


Overview

Ed's is a tiny seafood mecca located on one of my favorite food blocks in NYC - Lafayette south of Houston. Blink and you may miss the narrow entrance which leads to a casual narrow interior. The menu is comprised of classic American seafood favorites. There is an ample raw bar, plump calamari and juicy mussels. The sandwich selection has overflowing rolls of lobster and whole belly clams. There is also a section of super gluttonous delights like lobster poutine & lobster mac n' cheese. It is a nice relaxed atmosphere to sit at the bar, have a lot of white wine, and graze on treats from the sea. 

Information

Address:  222 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

Phone (212) 343-3236

Neighborhood: Nolita

Website: https://www.lobsterbarnyc.com

Price: $$-$$$


 

Seamore's

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Overview

Seamore's is a seafood restaurant from the mind of ultra charming chef & restauranteur Michael Chernow. You may have seen him on FYI's Food Porn or in my dreams...but I digress. The restaurant now has 2 locations in Nolita & Chelsea. It feels like a little piece of Montauk in Manhattan with birch wood, white paint & floor to ceiling windows that drench the dining room in sunlight. The menu has a little something for everyone, drawing influence from many different types of cuisine. Graze on excellent tuna ooke, crispy squid, curry mussels or any number of tacos. There is a clear nod to fresh & healthy eating; most dishes are loaded with vibrant vegetables. Chernow also offers blackboard fish every day that you may add to any of the dishes. You can bring the pickiest of eaters here and they will undoubtedly find something that will please their palate. 

 Information

Address:    390 Broome St, New York, NY 10013 &  161 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Phone:      (212) 730-6005

Neighborhood: Nolita & Chelsea

Website: https://www.seamores.com/

Price: $$$


 

Catch

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photo: catchrestaurants.com


Information:

Address  21 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Phone:  (212) 392-5978

Neighborhood: Meatpacking   

Website : http://catchrestaurants.com/catchnyc/

Price: $$$

Attire: Trendy

Good for: seafood, outdoor dining, meeting your next sugar daddy, model watching, groups, birthdays, bachelorettes 

Overview

Catch probably needs no introduction. They have been one of the hottest restaurants in NYC & LA for years and show zero signs of slowing down. The massive trendy space spans 3 floors with a seasonal patio upstairs perfect for looking down on others, figuratively and literally. Contrary to many night life-esqu with all flash and no substance, the food at Catch is actually killer. It's one of the few places in Meatpacking I'll consent to eat. Crazy amounts of variety, wildly fresh, perfectly designed for splitting large amounts of food. I'd point you in the direction of the truffle sashimi, crispy shrimp, lobster mac n' cheese, and any of the sushi rolls. Great for a large group who wants to get loud in a dark, sexy restaurant. This place is like the epicenter of hot as fuck people, dress to impress.


 

noreetuh


Overview

Noreetuh has been a critical darling since opening 3 years ago and doesn't seem to be slowing down. There isn't much to the interior - casual, dark, starkly decoration. No bright colors or puka shell necklaces here people.  The menu is modern Hawaiian and dishes run the gamut from approachable to adventurous. Heavy emphasis on seafood and pork. Try one of the pokes; either tuna with macadamia nuts & kimchi or shrimp with avocado. If you want to walk on the wilder side try your hand at corned beef tongue musubi. Brunch offers some truly artery clogging, hangover curing fried chicken or spam with traditional sides of mac salad and rice. It's definitely a meal out of the ordinary and wont set the wallet back too far.

Information:

Address:  128 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (646) 892-3050

Neighborhood: East Village

Website : http://www.noreetuh.com/

Price: $$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: something out of the ordinary, seafood, pork, groups


 

Metropolis Oyster Room & Cocktail Bar


Information:

Address:  31 Union Square W
New York, NY 10003

Phone: (212)-533-2500

Neighborhood: Union Square

Websitehttp://www.metropolisnewyork.com/

Price: $$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: cocktails, live music, seafood, raw bar 

Overview

You may walk by Blue Water Grill in Union Square every day & still never know that Metropolis Oyster Bar exists. It is the subterranean sister of it's upstairs bustling counterpart. The swanky underground restaurant offers seafood, jazz & a respite from the crazy hustle & bustle going on above ground. You'll find a generous raw bar & modern takes on classic seafood dishes. Don't miss their Sunday brunch offering cajun food straight out of the bayou such as smoked duck & andouille gumbo or a crawfish boil. 


 

GOTHAM MARKET AT THE ASHLAND

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Photo : NY Times


Overview

Over the last several years NYC has exploded with food halls. The people have spoken, and variety packed into one convenient space is what they want. The second Gotham Market location has opened in Fort Greene with some newcomers as well as existing New York favorites. This location is vast and modern industrial with tons of seating and full bars. Here you'll choose from 7 options and eat your way around the globe without walking more than 20 steps. Grab barbecue ribs at Mason Jar, lobster rolls as Crabby Shack, and juicy fried chicken from Flip Bird. You can also have a semi-formal dining experience from tapas experts at Boqueria. 

Information:

Address:  590 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 212.599.0520

Neighborhood: Fort Greene

Website : http://www.gothamorg.com/gotham-market-ashland

Price: $-$$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: families, groups, variety, pizza, brunch, takeout & delivery


 

Claw Daddy's

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Information:

Address: 185 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Phone:  (646) 590-6816

Neighborhood: Lower East Side   

Website :  http://www.clawdaddysnyc.com/

Price: $$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: interactive dining, groups, eating with your fingers, getting messy, grabbing a taste of the bayou


 

Flex Mussels


Overview:

 Two locations of this seafood house - one Upper East Side cozy locale, and a Chelsea outpost on the first floor of a stately brownstone. The menu offers the same 23 excellent and seasonally changing variations on moules frites as well as a smattering of tasty if somewhat puny seafood dishes. Pounds of chef Michael Sullivan's meaty P.E.I.’s can be savored with simple, white-wine-based broths or with more distinctive concoctions. Brunch on the weekends is excellent as well. 

Information:

Address:   154 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

174 E 82nd St, New York, NY 10028

Phone: (212) 229-0222

Neighborhood: Upper East Side, Chelsea

Website: http://www.flexmussels.com/

Price: $$-$$$


 

The Poké Spot

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I cant be the only person who has noticed that a new poke restaurant has opened in NYC every 10 minutes recently. I sometimes find it hard to differentiate one from another because really, how unique can you make raw fish, seaweed & some scallions? That being said, I can see why the recently opened The Poke Spot has lines out the door. Their method is simple; choose from signature poke options or build your own. Start with a bed of rice or zucchini, pick your protein (tuna, salmon, crab shrimp) and then design your own toppings from a list of seaweed, cucumber, onion crisps, etc. You get a staggering amount of fish for just $11/bowl. I find myself craving it, and have shamelessly been there 3 times this week. It makes me feel healthy & full, what can I say? Here’s what we had:

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Address: 120 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Phone(212) 933-0971

Seabird

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I love a West Village bistro. Even more so when they have an ample menu of seafood offerings. I present to you, Seabird. The recently opened space comes from the teams behind Mountain Bird and Mezetto. Inside the space you will find dark walnut wood, white marble, and navy paint which is somewhat reminiscent of being on a ship. The restaurant is casual and features indoor & outdoor seating as well as a large bar.

The menu is a wide array of seafood delights from all over the globe. You can find a shellfish tower, salmon poke, raw bar items & grilled octopus. The sandwich selection is vast and I’d recommend getting their crispy fish sandwich dressed in a malt vinegar slaw. They have a mac n’ cheese section, yes section, of the menu which makes me question why no one else was smart enough to come up with that. Try the crab mac n’ cheese and just melt into that bowl of heaven. Here’s what we had: 

Raw Bar Sampler

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Salmon poke, seaweed, avocado, dill ponzo

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Grilled octopus, spiced beets, oranges, radish, basil

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Sweet & sour octopus fritters, curry aioli, squid ink sauce

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Bacon cheeseburger, cheddar, truffled bacon, bbq sauce

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Crispy fish sandwich,  cod, malt vinegar slaw, tomato, tartar sauce

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Lobster grilled cheese

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Crab mac n cheese

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Sangria

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Address361 Ave of the Americas, New York, NY 10014

Phone(212) 414-9500

www.seabirdny.com

Wise Fish Poke

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Wise Fish Poke opened its doors in early 2016 and I had the pleasure of dropping by last week. It was opened by two friends and built on their love of the classic Hawaiian dish. The space itself if your typical fast-casual setup. It’s white, clean, there are some tables and chairs if you’d like to stay, or grab-n-go. With so much focus on health food today, they have created a concept where you can get something great for you, fast, at a decent price.  

The menu was written keeping in mind sustainability and responsibly-sourced seafood. You can design your own poke bowl or choose from their suggested combinations. Each bowl is served on your choice of either white or brown rice, mixed greens, or zucchini noodles. You can then choose from tuna, crab salad, and salmon. Then dress up your bowl with great toppings like hijiki seaweed, wasabi-avocado cream, tobiko, and citrus-ponzu sauce. Everything is crazy fresh and the perfect temperature. They have rotating specials as well so we grabbed the insanely addicting spicy tuna nachos. They were drowning in spicy mayo and jalapenos; I still dream of them.  This is the kind of food that makes you feel good. Here’s what we had: 

W E S T S W E L L ahi tuna, sweet onion, herb mix·masago, wasabi avocado cream, wisefish sauce

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 H A W A I I S T Y L E ahi tuna, sweet onion, hijiki, scallion, classic sauce

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H E A T W A V E T H E C H E L S E A salmon, cucumber, herb mix, jalapeño, scallion, spicy citrus shoyu

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Spicy Tuna Nachos w/ jalapeno,  wasabi-avocado cream, tobiko, spicy mayo

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Address: 263 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

Phone : (212) 367-7653

Wisefishpoke.com

North River Fish Bar

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Photo: inhabitant.com

Like any self-respecting person, I look for as many ways as possible to be on the water when the weather is beautiful. I am a longtime fan of boats on the Hudson River such as Grand Bank and The Frying Pan. Recently, I had the pleasure of being introduced to the boats at North River Landing.

North River owns two ships, both docked at Pier 81. North River Lobster is a fun, casual boat for raw bar and buckets of beer. The sister boat, North River Fish Bar, is more formal and offers a full sit down dining experience. The brand new 10,000 square foot yacht has a 3-story “seafood lounge” interior and rooftop. The dining room is upscale with large leather banquets and a polished oak bar. Fish Bar sets sail 4-5 times per day and will take you on a 1.5 hour trip around the Hudson with stunning views of both Manhattan and Jersey City.

I’ll be honest, the food didn’t change my life. I don’t think they will be winning a James Beard award anytime soon. However, I’m realistic and know that you don’t have this experience just for the food. What I will say is that the menu is huge, with tons of American, Italian, and Mediterranean options. The pickiest of eaters will find something enjoyable on this menu. The best of the bunch were the seafood options. We started with fried oysters, calamari, and octopus which were seasoned well and presented beautifully. The pasta lacked some salt, but I loved the texture and flavor combinations of both the rigatoni and the linguine.

As for the service, it was incredibly professional and kind. We always had fresh plates, full water glasses, and tons of cocktails. I absolutely recommend this for a romantic date or an option to break up the monotony of going to the same ol’ bar with friends. Here’s what we had:

KALE CAESAR Kale, Shaved Pecorino, Poached Quail Egg

 

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TABBOULEH Bulgar Wheat, Tomato, Mint, Parsley

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OCTOPUS Red Pepper, Capers, Red Wine Reduction

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PLYMOUTH ROCK OYSTERS Cornmeal Crust, Sriracha Lime Butter

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MEDITERRANEAN BRANZINO Capers, Lemon