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up to me,as always and i'm not motivated - seafood in manhattan

  • thew Dec 9, 2009 03:19 PM

as the group food guy it's up to me, as usual to choose a place to eat. my best friends new GF is a pescetarian, so i need seafood.

not looking for la bernadin or per se, but having said that it doesn't have to be cheap cheap either. we are the types comfortable anywhere from the holiest hole to the fanciest.

any 'hood ok.

so - best seafood options up and down the scale?

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  1. Some ideas...Aqua Grill, Oceana, Bluewater Grill, Nobu, Sushi Samba, maybe a fish and chips place (no specific recommendations there), Blue Ribbon Sushi,

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    1. re: muppetdiner

      I would add Avra and the new Mermaid Oyster Bar

      1. re: muppetdiner

        If you want a comfortable, fun place with excellent seafood that won't break the bank I would go to Aquagrill. I have been there countless times for lunch, brunch and dinner and it never disappoints.

      2. Is definitely go with Marea.
        I'll throw in Lure Fishbar too, but def try Marea.

        1. As fresh as they can be in our city. Wild Edibles along 3rd Ave near 35th Street is a neighborhood gem. The seafood that they'll cook for you comes right off the iced ones that they sell to the public. They know how to cook them, too.

          1. Harbour is a great place with interesting decor and imaginative seafood.

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            1. re: rrems

              Harbour is closed/closing soon.

              1. re: tastyeating

                Yes, I looked at Eater.com and it confirms that it is closed. What a shame. I had a feeling this was coming based on the low attendance last time we were there, but was hoping for the best. I will miss it.

            2. Pampano serves modern Mexican cuisine with -- as the name indicates -- an emphasis on fish and seafood. We were last there in September. Photos of our meal and of the space can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

              1. My husband surprised me with a dinner at Esca two weeks ago and it was lovely. We started with the sea urchin pasta and shared the Bronzino packed in brine. The restaurant is not cheap ($100 per person with drinks, 3-courses, tax and tip) but it was a lovely room and they really took care of us, service-wise. I hear they have a tremendous crudo bar as well.

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                1. re: coco99

                  We went to Marea the weekend before Thanksgiving and it was fantastic. It seemed good for a group as well.

                2. Pylos, in the E Village, is a Greek restaurant that does seafood well. The aforementioned Pampano & Lure are also good, but pricier.

                  1. Don't dismiss the Oyster Bar in Grand Central. The food is always excellent, if a little pricey, but it's a classic.

                    1. Tough question, since "seafood" is a pretty broad category!

                      It's uni season, now. If you like it and it's not too pricey for this occasion, head to Soto. The fluke sashimi there is also excellent.