Amazing dinner at Tides
Went to Tides in the LES last night for dinner and had one of the best dinner experiences of my life. I say "experience" because eating in a restaurant it much more than simply the food. But we might as well start with the food: Tides has some of the freshest seafood in NYC. I literally could have ordered anything on their menu. I had the Boulliabaisse which had the perfect amount of spice in the broth and a very generous lobster tail! My friend had the Cod which was as wonderful.
Experience: how we were treated was really what made the night. All too often in NYC, if you are not "someone" you can get pretty poor service and treatment and restaurants. But Tides treats every customer as if they were a regular. We were seated next to the window, which was colder than the rest of the restaurant. The owner felt bad, so he offered us a free glass of wine, which more than made up for the slightly cooler sitting location. I asked if they had any bread, and our waitor said "no, but let me grill you Crostini." So we got fresh, hot, wonderful crostini. I also orginially ordered the shrimp, but they had just ran out. So they brought us another free glass of wine. (You might think i was upset that they ran out of the shrimp. But we were eating late and i think that is a sign that the restaurant buys everything fresh and not in bulk.)
I will go back to Tides as often as I can. It is a cosy neighborhoody place where you are treated like a queen and eat like one too.
After reading the post my family and I went to Tides Seafood for my graduation. The food was innovative and fresh-a perfect combination for a seafood joint. For instance, lots of places have mussels with a little tomato reduction as an appetizer but they threw in some olives just slightly changing that classic flavor and making then even more delicious.
Yea, those mussels were good but I really wanted to post today to rave about the steamers. Those clams were exquisite. They were huge and flavorful, the portion was perfect and the were sand free. ummm...I feel all warm and fuzzy just thinking about them. I highly recommend this place.
I also love Tides. The owner, Steven Yee, is one of the nicest guys around and works hard to make sure diners have the best experience possible. In addition to the food being delicious, the menu changes several times a year, and each one has a theme. A new menu with a Norwegian theme has just been introduced. (Note: The website still has the Spanish-themed menu. I'm sure Steven will update it shortly.)