Unique Seafood Dishes in NYC
I am looking for some unique seafood dishes in town! Not just the freshest or most sustainable seafood, but seafood prepared in a way that is pretty unique. I want to try dishes that you can't just walk into any old restaurant and receive. So far I have thought of the uni panini at El Quinto Pino and the swordfish with duck liver at David Burke Kitchen, but where else has some really unique seafood dishes? Any cuisine, any price, but I especially love southeast Asian flavors. TIA!
El Quinto Pino
401 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011
David Burke Kitchen
23 Grand St, New York, NY 10013
Go to Soto and order everything with uni on the menu. You'll have an amazing meal. The finesse he has with uni is unparalleled - uni miso soup, uni mousse, smoked(!) uni...
At Falai on the current menu is a Frutti di Mare that's a far cry from most you'll see - (more) uni, bottarga, etc. Also there's a great rye pasta with oysters, clams, and smoked butter.
Any given seafood dish at WD-50. For apps, the Peekytoe crab roll is very good, the "shrimp spaghetti" less so. Haven't tried the new hamachi appetizer yet. For mains, I'm fond of the current cod treatment and the scallops with chicken-fried lentils.
There's always good things at Momofuku Ssam Bar. The uni (again) with pears and guanciale is great. The mackeral with meyer lemon and black garlic is worth a try. But really, anything that grabs your attention will be good and creative.
Vandaag has some great stuff as well. The menu changes frequently, though, so hard to single things out.
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002
357 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10014
Momofuku Ssam Bar
207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002
103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
Eric Ripert's uni butter pasta with caviar at Le Bernardin and the oyster pan roast at the John Dory Oyster Bar first came to mind to me. Also, the chili crab at Fatty Crab (particularly since you like southeast Asian flavors).
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019
643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
The John Dory Oyster Bar
1196 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
These aren't unique, but they are unusual. Pam Real Thai has Gang Tai Pla, which is fermented fish kidney and a mess of other stuff. It's hot as hell, and I like it a lot. I've had sea cucumber hot & sour soup at Wu Liang Ye, although I don't see in on their current menu. But you can also find sea cucumber, as well as fish intestines (which I may find the guts - hah! - to try one day) on many Chinatown menus; Congee Village serves both. I've had mantis shrimp at Fuleen, also in Chinatown. Markt's cold seafood platter has whelks and periwinkles. In fact, Markt used to serve periwinkles as a bar snack, like pizza goldfish. Only livelier.
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Second Fuleen - great place. They make a great geoduck two ways, as well, and have some really good conch treatments. Also in C-Town I'm fond of Oriental Garden for seafood - perhaps nothing terribly out of the ordinary, but incredibly fresh seafood and prepared more deftly than anywhere else in C-Town, for my money.
11 Division St, New York, NY 10002
14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013
Oysters and pearls at Per Se.
Scallops with caramelized cauliflower at Jean Georges.
Eqq in a jar (with lobster) at The Modern Bar Room.
Cuttlefish risotto with bacon and apple at The Modern Dining Room
Octopus with smoked potatoes and lobster with burrata at Marea.
Smoked sturgeon with sprouts at Lincoln.
Scallops with black truffle and bone marrow at Ai Fiori.
Scallops with sliced pea shoots at Kin Shop.
Pike quenelles at Millesime.
Everything at Le Bernardin.
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019
9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019
469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011
92 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023
400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018
Casa Mono - razor clams a la plancha
La Grenouille - grilled Dover sole with mustard sauce
Babbo - grilled octopus antipasto
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011
52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
While not especially unique, I would recommend the Salt Baked Soft Shell Crab at Noodletown. I think I saw that they were back in season when I walked by this weekend.
Great New York Noodletown
28 Bowery, New York, NY 10013