Moderately priced seafood to round out my trip.
We've got an excellent plan for a few days which needs one last place to become perfect. My better half has a hankering for a light dinner of fish/seafood for an early evening meal before we jet back home. Our ideal notion of a seafood place is a ocean-side shack with simple decor and presentation that features the freshest ingredients and sauces that don't overwhelm the focus on the food. Think Maine lobster-roll shack or Maryland crabcakes on picnic tables. It doesn't have to be a dive, but it doesn't matter if it is either.
We will have done our big elaborate food for the trip (checking out Mario's new Del Posto, despite the mixed reviews just because Babbo is the best ever and we gotta see for ourselves, trying Chowhound sushi fave Yasuda and returning for the eleventeenth time to Red Cat because I've got some kind of addiction), so we're looking for a change of pace and our schedules require us to dine early, probably 5:00 or so.
Digging about with the super-cool new search function suggests that maybe Pearl's is what we seek. Are there better options?
Pearl Oyster Bar or Mary's Fish Camp would be my first choices. I'd pick Mary's mostly because of their policy with seating. Mary's takes your cell phone number and calls you when your table is ready (or jsut before that time), and they are good with their estimates. So, I go for a drink (for me a good beer at Lederhosen a few blocks south at 39 Grove(my home away from home), then I get a call and go to Mary's to eat with little hassle. Pearl's tells you to come back in ___ minutes, but when you do go back, you often end up waiting for a while. The decor at Pearls seems to fit what you describe a little better than Mary's. I usually prefer Mary's food, but it really is a toss up.
Mermaid Inn would be my third choice. Food is almost as good as the others, but not quite. Atmosphere is a cross between NY Irish bar and a seafood shack.