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Apr 22, 2010 07:13 AM

F.I.S.H. in Port Chester

Has anyone been here recently? Is it a good place for a Sat night with another couple?
Any reccomnded dishes?

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  1. Always llike FISH. Fish roasted in their wood burning oven is always good.

    1. F.I.S.H. is usually pretty good (although I have had some off meals there). It is very noisy though, especially on a Saturday night, so if you want to converse without shouting this could be a consideration.

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      1. re: Shawn

        Do you know if they still do the Freaky Friday free wine at dinner on Friday nights?

      2. was there a few months ago, still great as always

        1. We ate at F.I.S.H last night with another couple. We had not been there in many years b/c of very negative service issues, but our friends enjoy it and we were willing to try it again. We had an 8:30 reservation, but decided to meet a bit earlier at the bar for drinks. We checked in w/ the hostess as soon as we all arrived. She thought she might even be able to seat us early. Great! The bar area was loud and very crowded w/ people both eating dinner and waiting for tables. We all ordered drinks- my sauvignon blanc was awful, so I switched to a mojito ( fair). At 9pm, we had not been seated and inquired as to how long it would be. about 10 mins, we were told. There was one table with a check, one table on dessert.At 9:30, still not seated. We were now almost the only people left in the bar. We inquired again. At this point we were taken to a table in the farthest, loudest, tightest spot in the place. We said no thanks to being crammed in and they "found" us a table outside.
          ( Side story- the 2 couples who sat right after us had their apps come out well before us, however, one of the wives had waited so long at the bar w/ drinks but no food became sick in the bathroom. This required closing down the women's room, redirecting all patrons to the men's room and the 4some needing their food packed to go. )
          We had been offered a bottle of wine "on the house" b/c of the long wait. As we looked at the wine list, the waiter told what we could have. The 3 choices were house wines that did not appear on the wine list at all. We chose the merlot.
          For apps we had the spicy tuna flatbread, the lobster sliders and a dozen oysters. The flatbread was tasty and the sliders fair.( They were 3 small lobster salad sandwiches) We were so hungry at that point we devoured at all. The oysters were the best of the 3. Very fresh.
          We ladies had the soft-shell crab over risotto special. It was very tasty ( we were very hungry) and the risotto was nice and hot. My SS crabs were slightly burnt, but there was no way I was sending anything back at that hour. The guys had the halibut and the mexican shrimp. They both seemed to be enjoying as we sat and ate. We did not order dessert or coffee b/c it was getting late.
          We had a nice time with our friends and didn't the minor service glitches once seated ( leaving behind silverware from the 1st course instead of clearing it, needing to ask for clean silverware after I asked for a fresh set for my entree) but the obnoxiously long wait and the trouble managing from the front of the house is still a major issue- and part of the reason we had not returned in so long. It seemed they had no idea what they were doing when they sat people, or no idea how to keep track of who was first in spite of a reservation list. Can't say we'll be rushing back anytime soon w/ so many other good options in the area.

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          1. re: MRS

            I haven't been there in quite some time and I always went there early. I do have one question about this whole situation that puzzles me. You said you had service issues in the past and that your friends still liked it. If they went there at all (and I'm basing this on my few times there) they would have known that basically Thursday-Sunday any time after 6pm, the place is mobbed! I love the food, but agree it gets loud and I too think the service tends to be lax, but that actually plays to our benefit at times. I like to get there early and take my time. I'm probably the kind of diner you guys were waiting for to finish. Glad to hear the food still sounds very good!

            1. re: jhopp217

              It's too loud and the food is not worth the money. Sadly, Westchester doesn't have any excellent fish restaurants and this passes as 'wonderful'.

              1. re: anonymouse1935

                I'd have to agree with your statement about seafood restaurants, but there are many places near me that put out some pretty good individual dishes. I'd also bet that many people who frequent the Eastchester Fish Gourmet would disagree. The place is always busy. I disagree with your assessment of FISH, but will admit, if it was so over the top, I would have been there more recently than two years ago. I've yet to try it, but the new Greek Restaurant Elia's Taverna in Chester Heights (Bronxville) is getting raves for it's seafood.

                My biggest issue is paying quadruple for something I can make at home.

                1. re: jhopp217

                  Eastchester Fish Gourmet is very good, and they also make an outstanding drink, but their prices are insane.

                  I can, and do, buy lots of fish for what I pay there and at the other seafood places I've tried, and make a goodly number of dishes with my haul. It would be nice, however, to have as many seafood places available in this pathetic county as Italian restaurants. No such luck.

                  I was 'going' to try Rowayton but when I saw that they charge for a potato -- I guess they think they are Morton's -- I crossed them off my list.

                  1. re: anonymouse1935

                    So, given the option to go to FISH or Half Moon for my sis' 50th birthday dinner, which would you folks choose? Thanks much!

                    Half Moon
                    1 High Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

                    1. re: Nancy C

                      I like FISH for lunch, but I think it's loud for dinner. FISH's food is more interesting, but I'd go to Half Moon with a group for dinner... and Half Moon's view is better!

                      Half Moon
                      1 High Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

                      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                        I am not talking from experience, but I have heard absolutely nothing good about Half Moon. I hear if you're a Jersey Shore wannabee it's great, but the food, service and atmosphere don't make the view worth it. Maybe it's changed since last year, but that was the buzz I heard.

                        Half Moon
                        1 High Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

                        1. re: jhopp217

                          Simply put...the only TIME to go to Half Moon is to see the sun set during off season and to have a vodka martini. This is the only REASON to go to
                          Half Moon as well.Especially if you are getting off Metro North in Dobbs!
                          jhopp217, no it hasn't changed since last year.

                          Half Moon
                          1 High Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

                          1. re: yeshana

                            If the view of a sunset and a good drink is important, X20 is still the best bet, since the food is extraordinary, the drinks are very, very good, and the view is magnificent. Just don't sit near the door where the manner-less people in shorts exit like cattle to get on the terrace with their cameras.

                            Although, I imagine the OP has gone to dinner, somewhere, since the original post.

                      2. re: Nancy C

                        I'd skip both of these places, quite frankly. Especially if you are celebrating something as special as your sister's "big" birthday.