Smelt in NYC
I am a big smelt lover across the board. In NYC your best bets would be at either Japanese or Greek restaurants. I have had it grilled mostly in Japanese places and fried at the Greek. Grilled is better in my mind but smelts any way are fantastic. For Japanese I would suggest Decibel in the East Village, for Greek I like Telly's Taverna in Queens. Both places make some mean smelt though it seems like I get the smelt with the roe more often at the Japanese places if that matters to your fiance
Fabulous!! My deep thanks for the reply and thoughtful answers MVNYC.
You know right after I posted this, I realized that Elias Corner in Queens probably has Smelt...I've never been to telly's taverna though. Do you have any thoughts about Elias?
Also--I don't see Smelt on the online Decibel menu...are you sure they serve it? If so, that'd be a rather brilliant place to get a nightcap.