Large format meals / seafood oriented?
A friend took a job offer in China and is coming down on Saturday to NYC for a hearty send off. Looking for a fish/seafood oriented large format feast that can be booked on short notice.
If it weren't for the one pescetarian in the group, we would have settled for the numerous other excellent options out there.
I've ruled out the following for either of the above reasons:
In a word, we need something 'epic'.
Thoughts? Anyone know if Yuba does sushi boats? ;)
What's your experience of their large format? multiple courses or is it just the whole fish presented? Do they serve it up table side or let you go at it (based on Sifton's review in 2009, I assume the latter).
Going to give them another call this morning as the manager had already left last night when I called. Thanks for the rec!
For those interested, we're going ahead with Oceana, the 411 on the Big Bass Dinner is as follows. The price isn't too bad either though I get the feeling that 6lbs is a bit on the small side and may even be a bit underwhelming ... I mean, you can get a fish that size in Chinatown without even asking I feel like. I know, different world, different expectations, blah blah.
A large format dinner where we are featuring a whole roast wild striped bass.
Start with freshly shucked oysters from Oceana’s raw bar, ceviches, and fried calamari.
The 6lb striped bass is stuffed with mushrooms, spinach and olives and dressed with chili-fennel vinaigrette accompanied by fingerling potato confit and cauliflower with picholine olives and pinenuts.
For dessert there is a flourless bittersweet chocolate cake accompanied by bowls of warm fruit compote, vanilla ice cream, and crème Chantilly.
Big fish serves 6-12 and is $75 per person.
Paid in advance. Please place order 24 hours in advance or by Thursday for Friday-Sunday.
120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020
Meal has been settling for the last 2 hours or so and some thoughts.
Menu as delivered today:
Oysters (~27 for 9 ppl)
Ceviche (unknown fish)
cauliflower and mushroom sautee
Flourless Chocolate Cake w/berry compote and chocolate sauce on the side
Orange pudding and chocolate pudding lollipops
Overall, an excellent value this time. The bass was 20lbs instead of 6lbs because of procurement issues, which may have been a 50/50 split. The chef (not Ben) presented it on a tray to us and then took it back to cut up into steak portions. Each person was given one steak except for one guy who got two because he paid for two portions.
Fish itself was good, not excellent. A tad overcooked or dry which may have been helped if there was more sauce. Stuffing was nicely balanced and did not overpower the fish - spinach and olives and pine nuts as promised.
Potatoes and cauliflower were decently executed. The former needing a tad more salt but fulfilled the carb component nicely. The latter was a mix of texture and earthiness that contrasted the muted flavors of fish.
For $75/head, it is an excellent value I think that I would do again in a heartbeat for another big occasion if they switched up the stuffing, sides and dessert.
Sadly, we did not get a picture of the bass because we were shocked that it was so big compared to expectations.
120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020
kellari taverna does big whole fish(es) i think
19 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036