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Favorite seafood restaurants?

cfour May 30, 2007 03:31 PM

I am in desperate need of some good suggestions of seafood restaurants...looking for moderately priced (mid 20 and below range), nice atmosphere, fresh, otherwise pretty open. This is VERY (Sunday) last minute and for a somewhat special occasion. Thanks much...

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    JoLi RE: cfour May 30, 2007 04:01 PM

    I actually really like the Steve Hanson restaurants, Ocean Grill and Blue Water Grill being at the top of my list. They both serve pretty moderately priced entrees and I like the variety (raw bar, sushi bar and great entrees).

    If you go, also try the banana tower dessert at Ocean. I don't really usually like desserts, but this one is really good.

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      DoctortedNYC RE: JoLi May 30, 2007 04:14 PM

      Lure Fishbar

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        jmo9 RE: JoLi May 31, 2007 09:09 AM

        Totally agree. Love Blue Water - consistently fresh and fabulous. Might also try BLT Fish, Shaffer City and Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar.

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        Lucia RE: cfour May 30, 2007 04:47 PM


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          kam0424 RE: cfour May 30, 2007 05:48 PM

          One if by land two if by sea is supposed to be good. I like Pearl Oyster Bar and I hear Ed's Lobster Bar (new) is good too.

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            Pan RE: kam0424 Jun 4, 2007 11:30 AM

            "One if by land two if by sea is supposed to be good."

            According to who?

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              kam0424 RE: Pan Jun 8, 2007 06:20 AM

              not sure where i heard that? Is it bad?

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            BW212 RE: cfour May 30, 2007 05:59 PM

            For mid priced I'd go with Docks.

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              financialdistrictresident RE: BW212 May 30, 2007 06:29 PM

              We found the service better at Dock's midtown than Dock's on UWS. Dock's is good (not great), but moderate for NYC.

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                Vinoguy RE: financialdistrictresident May 30, 2007 06:33 PM

                Second the Aquagrill rec -- have never had a bad experience there.

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                  egit RE: Vinoguy May 31, 2007 08:11 AM

                  Mermaid. Though someone just this week noted a bad experience there on this board.

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                    nyebaby37 RE: egit May 31, 2007 08:12 AM

                    LOVE OCEAN, outside.

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                      elizabeththinks RE: egit May 31, 2007 10:22 AM

                      MI is good. For reasonable check out ditch plains, or Fish

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                      jsgjewels RE: Vinoguy May 31, 2007 08:31 AM

                      Third Aquagrill, best oysters!

                2. Andrew P. RE: cfour May 31, 2007 09:10 AM

                  Tides - if you have a group of about 4, you may be able to get one of the cool booths


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                    jeanki RE: Andrew P. May 31, 2007 09:32 AM

                    I second Tides, its a lovely modern seafood spot and moderately priced. You might also try Pearl Oyster Bar, Mary's Fish Camp, and Ditch Plains.

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                      JeremyEG RE: jeanki May 31, 2007 10:53 AM

                      I third Tides. They also have a super affordable wine list of light bodied seafood friendly selections that are really nice in the summer. Enjoy!

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                    haleyjen RE: cfour May 31, 2007 09:30 AM

                    Lure and Aquagrill. No contest...though I do like Ocean Grill.

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                      pacz RE: haleyjen May 31, 2007 04:40 PM

                      I really like Lure!

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                      MellieMac RE: cfour Jun 1, 2007 08:59 AM

                      Though not strictly a seafood restaurant, Circus, on 61st off Lex is delicious. South American. Great atmosphere. Good cocktails. Lots of fish on the menu. I had a delicious potato crusted salmon over savoy cabbage and shiitake mushrooms with a shrimp broth the other night. Perfectly cooked. And $19!!!!

                      1. ChefJune RE: cfour Jun 1, 2007 11:09 AM

                        since Ed Brown left Sea Grill (and hasn't opened his new place yet) I don't have a favorite "fish place" in NY any more. OTOH, my favorite neighborhood(GV) restaurant, El Charro, is owned by Galicians, so seafood is somewhat of a specialty, and I'm a big fan of their Gambas ala Plancha, the Zarzuela de Mariscos in green sauce, and all the other fish and seafood offerings on their reasonably priced menu.

                        Thalassa in Tribeca is a Greek place that specializes in fish. It's always very fresh and delicious, as well.

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                          Papaya RE: cfour Jun 4, 2007 11:35 AM

                          BLT Fish downstairs has an all you can eat mussels on wednesday night that is delicious. $18 i think.

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                            elizabeththinks RE: Papaya Jun 4, 2007 03:23 PM

                            That's great to know!

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