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Dec 24, 2010 07:43 PM

Italian seafood dinner for Christmas Eve?

Did anyone have a great Christmas Eve dinner at an Italian restaurant, with the traditional fish courses? I noticed some places in Brooklyn (e.g., Scottadito) had special Christmas Eve menus, but I would love to know which ones were good, for future reference.

(who really misses her Nonna's baccala and smelts)

788 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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  1. Not exactly on topic and not exactly Italian, but we had a bit of a change this year. I normally single handedly cook a seven fish meal, but we're pretty much out of relatives in New York (Florida eats them, I swear) so we ended up doing a seven fish meal.... at M&T Restaurant on Kissena in Flushing.

    Squid ball soup, sea snails and chives, prawns with cabbage, crabs with ginger and scallions, Bombay duck (which I've only known as lothia mas before now) fried crispy with fried dry chillies, eggs and clams without the goji berries I expected on top and sea intestines with chives.

    All in all an awesome meal. One of the top 10 Chinese meals of my life thus far.

    SN New Restaurant
    44-09 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355

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    1. re: JFores

      Umm........what are "sea intestines"?

      1. re: JFores

        "Squid ball soup, sea snails and chives, prawns with cabbage, crabs with ginger and scallions, Bombay duck (which I've only known as lothia mas before now) fried crispy with fried dry chillies, eggs and clams without the goji berries I expected on top and sea intestines with chives."
        I know you're an adventurous eater, but golly gee wow! This meal sounds mouthwatering...
        In the bad way, Lol!

        1. re: Tay

          "Not exactly Italian" is the understatement of the year. Thanks for totally hijacking my post, JF! ;)

          1. re: parkslopemama

            Well, if you didnt mind that JF did it, should I continue and talk about the 7 Fishes dinner that 4 of us had last Thurs. at Kebab Cafe? Of course, as with most things Ali, there were approx. 10 fish (baby octopii, stuffed squid in its ink & marinated sardines included) and an array of mezze as well.

            1. re: Steve R

              Yes, Steve go ahead. At least you're getting closer to the Mediterranean Sea...

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        1. A little late, but for next year you can go to Il Paiolo on North 6th St.

          Il Paiolo
          106 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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          1. re: sushiman

            Gargiulo's in Coney Island is the place. I know they ususally have a big crowd. Don't know if they have a set menu. But you can start with cold fish salad. Share linguine white clams, baked clams, shimp dishes. I'm sure they have all the traditional dishes along with homemade struffali, cannolis for dessert. It's a real family place run for decades by the Russo family. Food is consistently excellent. Right near the subway and they have a parking lot if you wish to drive.

          2. This thread is a few years old, but I'm trying to revive it. In addition to the Italian places mentioned here already (Il Paolo and Gargiulo's), I'm looking into Bamonte's (Williamsburg) and Tommaso (Dyker Heights/Bensonhurst). If I find out anything interesting, I will report it here. But, in the meantime, if any of you chowhounds know good old-fashioned Italian places doing the traditional "feast of the seven fishes," please share the love. Thanks.

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            1. re: parkslopemama

              This year I vow to not hijack your thread. However, the only places that I know are doing this are Saul Bolton's places (Saul, at the Museum, and Red Gravy, on Atlantic Ave). I'm not recommending them (I've never been too impressed with either place), just giving the requested information. Let us know if you find others. Tommaso's website has changed… it used to be more informative and updated. I wonder if things are ok there. Bamonte's is definitely back as a decent place… after years of neglect and declining food (in my opinion), we went back this year and were impressed with what the younger generation of owners have done with it. Certainly not upscale, but back to being a good old time red sauce place. No idea if they're doing 7 Fishes. Happy Holidays.

              1. re: Steve R

                I wonder if the couple that sang at Tommaso's are still around.
                "let it snow, let it snow ,,,"
                I'm upset Bamonte's took sweetbreads off the menu a few years ago, they said no one eats that stuff anymore. Hmmm.
                But I don't think their red sauce dishes were on a decline, but other dishes like the fish and the vegetables weren't too good.
                The vibe hasn't changed at least.
                Don Peppe's might be good for seafood Xmas Eve.

              2. re: parkslopemama

                Franny's is doing a feast of the 7 fishes, it's $150pp.

                1. re: Pookipichu

                  they are doing it TONIGHT, however. not on Christmas eve. Menu looks wonderful. includes wines.

                  1. re: chompchomp

                    Oh, thanks for the information, SteveR, Pookipichu, Jen K. and chompchomp! I've decided to rule out Tomasso's because I had heard too many bad things about the erratic service and the moody, opera-singing owner. And I'm afraid Saul is not old-school enough for this occasion (e.g., don't want stuff like "citrus-marinated Japanese sardine with dashi, hon shimeji mushroom, and puffed rice"). BUTit's good to hear about Bamonte's and Franny's. And chompchomp's link mentions Roman's restaurant in Fort Greene.

                    1. re: parkslopemama

                      we found Roman's insufferable for noise level and attitude on one visit a couple years back (and the food did not shine) but I would be interested in others reports.

                2. So to summarize some info so far:

                  FRANNY'S: $150/person, already took place.
                  SAUL at Bk'yn Museum: $125/person (takes some "license" with the Italian origins of this meal).
                  ROMAN'S: $65/person.
                  GARGIULO'S has a Xmas Eve a la carte menu with some items like a fish-salad appetizer ($15) and other seafood.
                  BAMONTE'S will have its regular menu.