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Seafood for a 50th Birthday

drbelfer Jul 6, 2010 08:44 AM

Looking for suggestions of Seafood restaurants to celebrate a 50th birthday. Live in Queens but happy to travel to the City, Westchester, Lower Connecticut or Long Island. We are a family of 4 adults.

We aren’t too much in to fish as much as seafood and we are not really drinkers so wine lists are not of a concern. Just looking for good food, good service and a nice atmosphere.

All suggestions welcome, thanks

  1. thew Jul 8, 2010 07:12 AM

    atlantic grill on the UES might work for you

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      pdquinn Jul 8, 2010 06:44 AM

      I'd recommend Lure Fishbar in Soho. It's got an expansive menu of seafood items including shellfish and sushi. It's not too formal and not too casual with a vibrant downtown vibe and decent bar scene. Ask for one of the comfortable round booths.

      1. vvvindaloo Jul 7, 2010 08:51 PM

        Aquagrill fits the bill. I also like Lure Fishbar, which is a little bit higher in price range, though not exorbitant for quality seafood in a "special" atmosphere.

        210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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        1. re: vvvindaloo
          rrems Jul 8, 2010 04:07 AM

          The food at Lure is very good, but the noise is deafening, and the service abysmal.

        2. drbelfer Jul 7, 2010 05:36 AM

          What do you all think about Docks?

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          1. re: drbelfer
            yebo Jul 7, 2010 03:10 PM

            I think Docks is a nice, relaxedneighborhood restaurant and if you're i the mood for that low-key a celebration dinner, it would be fine. But it is not a wow, special in food and/or service like other places noted here.

            1. re: yebo
              RGR Jul 7, 2010 03:30 PM

              Our one and only experience at the Docks on 3rd Av. dates back more than 10 years. Haven't a clue what we ate. But what I do remember very vividly is an extremely LOUD bar scene. Don't know if that's still the case these days.

              A few years ago, I had lunch at the now closed UWS Docks. The New England Chowder was seriously delicious. It's on the 3rd Av. Docks menu.


          2. drbelfer Jul 6, 2010 12:38 PM

            Have any of you been to or heard of City Crab - I was looking at Menu Pages and it looked good, but there are mixed reviews.

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            1. re: drbelfer
              Miss Needle Jul 6, 2010 12:50 PM

              I wouldn't recommend City Crab for your celebration. Food isn't that great, IMHO.

              I think Oceana may be difficult to do if your budget includes tax and tip. Aquagrill is a bit less expensive (entrees max out in the 20s while Oceana's entrees are generally in the 30s). Food is good and atmosphere would be nice enough for what you're looking for.

              210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

              120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

              1. re: Miss Needle
                gutsofsteel Jul 6, 2010 02:33 PM

                Definitely second the recommendation for Aquagrill. Oceana too expensive, and City Crab mediocre.

                210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

                120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

                1. re: gutsofsteel
                  jdf Jul 6, 2010 03:33 PM

                  Agreed that Aquagrill might be what you're looking for, including their seafood plateau which is full of shellfish, which you prefer.

                  210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

                2. re: Miss Needle
                  rrems Jul 6, 2010 07:38 PM

                  If it fits your budget better, I can agree with Aquagrill, but Oceana is worth the higher prices.

                3. re: drbelfer
                  kathryn Jul 6, 2010 02:17 PM

                  I've been once or twice and it was OK. Decent enough but nothing to write home about. And not really nice enough for a "celebration" -- felt a bit like a chain restaurant inside.

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                  kathryn Jul 6, 2010 09:15 AM

                  > We aren’t too much in to fish as much as seafood

                  I think you meant to say "we aren’t too much in to fish as much as shellfish" meaning you prefer crab, shrimp, oysters, clams, lobster, etc.?

                  What's your budget?

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                  1. re: kathryn
                    drbelfer Jul 6, 2010 10:01 AM

                    Your interpretation is correct. As for budget, it is opened. Dont really want to spend 200 a person but given we dont really drink - wine or mixed drinks, Id say if for the four of us it gets close to 200 - 250 that would work.

                    1. re: drbelfer
                      RGR Jul 6, 2010 10:16 AM

                      I highly recommend Oceana. Delicious food, excellent service, and very pleasing ambiance.

                      Photos of our most recent dinner at Oceana here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                      Note: For suggestions in boroughs other than Manhattan, as well as Westchester, LI, and Conn., post on the appropriate boards.

                      1. re: drbelfer
                        rrems Jul 6, 2010 11:29 AM

                        A strong second for Oceana. Absolutely delicious and a nice atmosphere for a celebration.

                        120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

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