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Seafood in Manhattan preferably below 57th

MilleLunes Apr 14, 2008 05:34 PM

I am looking for restaurants I can take an out-of-town primarily vegetarian, but fish eating fellow, who will enjoy some NY energy and vibe. Its ok if they serve meat, but I'd like there to be more than just one fish option to choose from.

I want to pay $20-$35 for an entree. So far I've thought of Mermaid Inn and Shelly's Traditionale. Any thoughts on these? And please, any additional recommendations would be appreciated.

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    MilleLunes Apr 17, 2008 08:32 PM

    I appreciate all the recommendations, I'll avoid Mermaid if its gone downhill... I know Lure, but I've never been, I thought it would be such a scene it wouldn't have good food, but maybe I'll try it.
    Been to Esca, liked it, was the best for pre-theater I'd had in awhile.

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      Rasher Apr 15, 2008 03:27 PM

      I second Esca, 43rd Street and 9th Ave. Go after the theater crowd has departed.

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        D...DF Apr 15, 2008 11:08 PM

        I'm generally a Batali defender, but OP wants "New York energy." I don't think that can be found at Esca.

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        eoguz Apr 15, 2008 11:42 AM

        For a nice twist try Pampano; great mexican that specializes in seafood, wonderful fish dishes

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          Lucia Apr 15, 2008 11:36 AM


          1. prdct Apr 15, 2008 10:34 AM

            If you are willing to go to the LES, Tides would be my pick.

            102 Norfolk St, New York, NY 10002

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              kobetobiko Apr 15, 2008 08:45 AM

              Aquagrill has the best seafood with the best price, but if you do want a NY "scene", Lure Fishbar is not a bad choice, though food is not as good as Aquagrill.

              Mermaid Inn used to be quite good but had gone downhill. I won't bother.

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                cdog Apr 15, 2008 08:52 AM


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                flowr646 Apr 15, 2008 06:57 AM

                Le Bernadin or Fig & Olive

                1. D...DF Apr 14, 2008 08:19 PM

                  Lure Fish Bar

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                  1. re: D...DF
                    theannerska Apr 15, 2008 09:59 AM

                    Another vote for Lure -- especially their happy hour...

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                    batterypark Apr 14, 2008 07:36 PM

                    Stella Maris, on Front Street near the South Street Seaport, for really good fish and a number of choices (not just shrimp, flounder or salmon). Last week I had a great sea bass dish. Oysters on the half shell could not have been fresher. Entrees are generally in the low end of your price range.

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