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Suggestions for Seafood on Saturday Night

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I will be in town for a long weekend beginning on Saturday night. We arrive in the early afternoon on Saturday. I thought I had all of my meals planned, but Saturday night's plans were changed, so I'm stuck. We are thinking seafood and would be looking for something moderately priced ($50 a person for food or around there). We are staying near Central Park South, but we're willing to travel. I'm sorry if this is vague, I am overwhelmed by the choices. Just wondering what people would suggest.

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  1. Marea is right in Columbus Circle/Central Park South. They just got 3 stars from NYTimes. The one time that I've dined there was amazing. I definitely plan on going again. It can be a little pricey but if you do the a la carte and choose wisely, you can meet you budget (minus liquor).

    1. there is no way that you will get out of Marea for 50 per person. Not even close. If you are willing to travel downtown I would reccomend Pearl Oyster Bar or Mary's Fish Camp for this, though there will likely be a wait at either.

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      1. re: prdct

        Agreed that there is no way you are spending 50/pp at Marea. Pearl Oyster Bar and Mary's are both good, but long waits at both, as mentioned. Good for lobster rolls, oysters etc. If you want more of a sit down restaurant experience that has more than New England shack fare, I would suggest Aquagrill. They take reservations, have a great raw bar and you can definitely get out for 50/pp.

      2. Pearl and Mary's are both great option. Another possibility ( if you're able to go during theatre time) is Esca. Fantastic Italian versions of seafood. Pearl an Mary's are both more New England.

        Agree there's no way to stay in budget at Marea. Besides, I was really surprised at the 3-star review from the new critic and do not think it's warranted. Even if you had it, I wouldn't waste the money there. NY Magazine was closer to right when they gave it 2 out of 5 stars.