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Favorite seafood restaurants?

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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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  1. 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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      1. re: JoLi

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

        1. 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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          1. re: kam0424

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

            According to who?

            1. re: Pan

              not sure where i heard that? Is it bad?

          2. For mid priced I'd go with Docks.

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            1. re: BW212

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

              1. re: financialdistrictresident

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

                1. re: Vinoguy

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

                    1. re: egit

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

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


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                  1. re: Andrew P.

                    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.

                    1. re: jeanki

                      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!

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

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                    1. 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. 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.

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

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