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Lobster in Manhattan

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I'm looking for a restaurant where I can take my parents, who are from Wisconsin and love lobster--well actually seafood of all kind but especially lobster. I'd prefer it to be a place that's a little funky or fun instead of like a stuffy steakhouse. Also, it would be great to not have to break the bank on this meal although I realize good lobster usually isn't cheap. Oh, and we'll need a little bit of ambiance. Not a lot, but I am inviting some other friends so we're not looking for a place where we'll all have to sit at a counter. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Francisco's Centro Vasco: 159 West 23rd St. between Sixth and Seventh Avenues

    It is a spanish restaurant that is not too expensive. The serve salad, potatoes and vegetable family style and it's included with your order.

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    Francisco's Centro Vasco
    159 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

    1. Mary's Fish Camp is the Manhattan sister to Brooklyn Fish Camp - a favorite of the Rhode Island wing of my family, and one of my favorite restaurants in Brooklyn. I've only been to the Brooklyn establishment, but they serve very fresh, very delicious seafood, including a great lobster roll, in a lively setting. Nice ambiance, slightly upscale but casual and unpretentious. I hear good things about the Manhattan outpost.

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      Mary's Fish Camp
      64 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

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      1. re: flower_puppy

        Love this idea but Mary's in Manhattan is a small place that's usually packed, and I've never felt like they'd let you linger. Pearl Oyster Bar is similar (and I think better in terms of ambiance & service). But unless you're planning on going for off hours I am not sure if it will work.

        Mermaid Inn is probably less of a destination, food-quality-wise, but might be better suited to your group and they take reservations. I've never been but you could also check out reviews for Ed's Chowder House uptown by Lincoln Center or Ed's Lobster Bar (a Pearl clone) in Soho. (Note -- I think that confusingly those are 2 different Eds so they are unrelated.)

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

        Ed's Lobster Bar
        222 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

        Mermaid Inn
        96 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

        Ed's Chowder House
        44 W 63rd St, New York, NY 10023

        1. re: JMJD

          The Mermaid Inn is a great suggestion. They do seafood pretty well- the food is always good- never Amazing, but also never disappointing, and they have a good raw bar menu too. They take reservations and I always see people of all ages at the Upper West Side location.

          http://underemployedinnyc.blogspot.com/

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          Mermaid Inn
          96 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003