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Apr 4, 2011 12:02 PM

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

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  1. 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

    2 Replies
    1. re: sgordon

      Thank you so much for all the recommendations! Made my reservation for Vandaag today!!

      103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

      1. re: sarahe1

        Do note the menu on the Vandaag website isn't always up-to-date - last time I was in they didn't have the uni bisque (sad face) - still, a good meal as always (and Frank Bruni was eating at the bar, too, for whatever that's worth...)

        103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

    2. 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).

      Le Bernardin
      155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

      Fatty Crab
      643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

      The John Dory Oyster Bar
      1196 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

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      1. re: loratliff

        Ah! Fatty Crab! Definitely going on the list!!

        Fatty Crab
        643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

      2. 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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        1. re: small h

          BINGO! I am all about spicy food and can't wait to give this a try!! Thanks a lot!

          1. re: small h

            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

            Oriental Garden
            14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

          2. 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.

            Per Se
            10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

            Jean Georges
            1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

            Le Bernardin
            155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

            The Modern
            9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

            240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

            Kin Shop
            469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

            92 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

            142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

            Ai Fiori
            400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

            1. 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

              Casa Mono
              52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

              La Grenouille
              3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022