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We have an anniversary coming up and I'm dreaming of raw oysters, raw clams, maybe a seafood tower, steamed lobster to follow... Balancing freshness, quality and price (so that dreams really can come true!) , what are the five to ten best seafood houses/ raw bars in NYC to consider?
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  1. Ma Peche
    Blue Ribbon

    Ma Peche
    15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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    1. re: kathryn

      OK, for everybody saying Aquagrill, how are the other items there (non-oyster)? I've only ever had the raw oysters. But the cooked items I've had haven't been nearly as good so I'm wondering how their cooked shrimp and cooked lobster is.

      210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

      1. re: kathryn

        I almost always go raw there, plus desserts are good. I also love their mussel soup. Have had some very good crab claws, jonah crab, and shrimp cocktail on occasions. Also softshells. For lobster, I go go Mary's or Pearl's usually. Which isn't to say that Aquagrill doesn't do a good lobster....I just haven't done a whole lobster there. If I had to bet, I'd bet it's good.

        210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          Yeah, I've had some cooked fish dishes at Aquagrill that were only OK (and once or twice a little overcooked), and my big pet peeve is getting a huge seafood tower only to realize that the lobster was overcooked. Thanks for the feedback.

          210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

          1. re: kathryn

            Ah, I gotcha. I never order seafood towers anywhere, for just that reason. I don't eat cold lobster unless it's lobster salad or in a lobster roll.

            1. re: kathryn

              i dont like their cod, especially because it's a very small portion.

          2. re: kathryn

            my bf had the cooked salmon there, it was FANTASTIC and i dont even like salmon! the crab claws were delicious, the ones from florida (they have 2 on the menu in the restaurant) and i got the scallops which i didnt care for only because they were chargrilled and i dont like ANYTHING chargrilled. had i known i would not have ordered them

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          1. Aguagrill

            1. aquagrill

              1. i also liked the oysters and the astice, and vongole (astice was a lot better) crudo at marea. there was also an amuse bouche of a salmon crudo. i havent tried any other of the crudos at marea but they all looked pretty good. portions are very small though.

                1. Aquagrill.

                  1. Aquagrill

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                    1. re: enyc1071

                      holy group think.... Pearl Oyster Bar is always good with me...

                      Pearl Oyster Bar
                      18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

                      1. re: Cpalms

                        oh yeah ..
                        lau, rgr, kathryn, silverjay ...