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Jul 18, 2007 06:24 AM

Lunch Advice - Neptune Oyster?

I am going to lunch with my boss for my birthday. We go to lunch 2-3X/year for our birthdays and Christmas. In the past we have already been to places such as : Penang, Elephant Walk, Petit Robert, ESK, Rangoli, Sandrines, B&G. We like to share plates vs just ordering our own lunches. Not interested in corporate/fancy lunch spots/steak houses. We avoid chains and places that he has to eat at for business meetings. I've been reading a lot of posts about Neptune and it sounds perfect, and since it's my birthday I get to pick. (unfortunately since it's lunch with the boss, no wine - waah!)...but I digress. Since I have not had the opportunity to go to Neptune yet, I have a few questions: Should we get there a little before 12 to ensure getting seated at lunch? Is there a full menu at lunchtime, or do they scale down? Are they nice about people sharing? Any no-misses (sounds like everything from all the posts I've read!)? Is there a good ordering strategy? Note that we would want to sit at a table, not the bar, and my boss does not do raw seafood (the horror!) but love, love, loves cooked seafood! Thanks for the replies - lunch isn't until the 31st, so I'll report back after that.

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  1. They have a full menu at lunch. I've gone at 1 and not had to wait for a table. I can't speak to the people sharing. No misses are the lobster roll, the raw bar, the marlin duet and the raw tuna sandwich. I recently enjoyed the ciopinno.

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    1. Always share when I've been there and it's never been a problem. Love their fried clams, and used to love the stone crab claws, but they told me last week they weren't going to offer than any longer. Also, their cioppino is quite good.

      1. Ate there recently and everyone shared. Highlights were the marlin duet and the salmon.

        1. So far I always get a variety of oysters (not fried), fried clams, and beer/wines for lunch, I haven't been there for dinner yet but I have been wanting to do this.

          1. As others have mentioned, no problem sharing - we always do. There is no separate lunch/dinner menu, it's the full menu all day (one of my favorite things about Neptune!). Plenty of non-raw seafood items. Some examples off the menu from a couple of weeks ago: clam chowder, oyster stew, fried oysters, mussels, crab scampi, squid fra diavolo, rainbow trout, cioppino, salmon, roast monkfish with clams, red snapper, and sturgeon, to name a few.

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            1. re: Rubee

              i had the monkfish with clams last night and it was stellar! oysters were great and fried clams were light and crispy. the veal and tuna sangy looked good too!

              they had a blue snapper special last night, never heard of blue snapper before

              1. re: Bighead

                It was probably Bluefish. When Blues are in the 5lb. range they run together in big schools and are often referred to as "Snapper" Blues.

                1. re: Harp00n

                  nope, wasn't bluefish harpoon whcih i thought too. I catch and kill a lot of bluefish and you're right, the little ones are called snappers. but bluefish has a distnct color, texture and flavor. this "blue snapper" was bone white, dense and oil free. pretty much the opposite of our native blues.

                  1. re: Bighead

                    perhaps Japanese bluefish, which I've had as sushi. It's white in color, not oily and marvelous in taste and texture.

                2. re: Bighead

                  I thought that the monkfish dish lacked color. Everything was grey so it didn't look appealing. Tasted pretty good though.