Seafood - Aquagrill or Ocean Grill or other
Will be in New York for 4 days in late March and interested in a great place for seafood, not outrageously expensive. Lots of good talk on this Board about Aquagrill but I wondered about recent reviews and recommendations.
I went to Aquagrill about a week ago for dinner - hadn't been for a year or so - and it was great, as always. The waitstaff will push the specials hard, and I think they're right to do so. I had grouper with shrimp and potato hash (or something - it was home fries with shrimp in it), spinach, and a really intense and delicious lobster sauce. They give you a lot of bread, if you care about such things. I sort of do.
The rest of my party had Alaskan king crab with asparagus, also a special, and the cod and the tuna off the regular menu. I tasted the crab, which was good but not spectacular. And small. Quite small.
Ocean Grill is part of the B.R. Guest chain along with Blue Water Grill and Blue Fin, perfectly servicable something-for-everyone places if you happen to be on the Upper West Side (Museum of Natural History, especially), or in Union Square or Times Square, respectively. Aquagrill is a board favorite and a cut above OG, and a great pick for oysters or if you're in Soho. Funkier (and even smaller) downtown picks would include Tides, Mary's Fish Camp, Pearl Oyster Bar or Ed's Lobster Bar. Chinatown also has great seafood, especially board darling Cantoon Garden (were there last weekend and family still can't stop raving about slab of steamed carp we had, complete with neck and head).
Went to Aquagrill last weekend when we were in New York. The food was "okay" but definitely not great. As suggested by others on this Board, we stuck to the specials, but the shrimp ceviche (in soy and trufffle oil) was too soft and almost muc\shy, and the snow crab claws were tasteless. The service was certainly enthusiastic, but overall we were disappointed.