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What's the Atmosphere at Oceana?

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Friends and family are gathering in NYC for a few days in October. My brother (coming from Amsterdam) really wants a good raw bar and seafood, and we have a Friday night reservation. We're all on board for this. (Thanks previous CH for the rec.)

I just want to make sure that Oceana won't be too stuffy or quiet for the 6 of us. We love good food and wine and we also have a great time when we're together.

We're not a bunch of stumbling drunks, by any means. But we love to converse and catch up during our meal.

Will this be a good match? Thanks again NY CH!

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Oceana
120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

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  1. Yes, it is lively and not stuffy, just not horrendously loud, so it should be perfect for you. And do not hesitate to order some of the lower priced wines, particularly the Spanish ones. There are some great bargains and the sommelier is extremely helpful.

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    1. re: rrems

      I am relieved to hear your comments! Thank you. And good to know about the lower priced, but delicious wines available. I have a feeling a few bottles may be opened throughout the meal. ;)

      1. re: sbkat

        Oceana is our favorite fish/seafood restaurant. The food is always delicious, and servers are very cordial and attentive. I agree with rrems that it is not at all stuffy. The space is huge, and the restaurant does a much more brisk lunch business, i.e., always full up, than at dinner when even on the weekends, many tables remain unoccupied. Still, it is far from funereal. I'm sure you and your family will have a great time catching up.

        Oceana photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        and here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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        Oceana
        120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

        1. re: RGR

          Thanks for the thumbs up RGR. Your photos are stunning - I'm now excited to be going to Oceana. I have been in charge of making the dining plans for our group and I wasn't sure about this pick, since I haven't been. Once again, The Chowhound community comes through! Many thanks.

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          Oceana
          120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

          1. re: sbkat

            You're most welcome, sbkat. And thanks for the compliment re: my photos. :)

            http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

      1. re: kosmose7

        Wow - the link you sent was perfect for viewing the dining room. Loved it! I think my friends and family will love it. Many thanks for your input.

        1. re: sbkat

          Good! I'm glad that it was helpful.
          I hope they will enjoy the dinner! :)