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Sep 27, 2011 05:29 PM

recommendations for seafood restaurants...mid-range, not fine dining

Sorry for the strange requests but ..coming to Manhattan and looking to eat at a bunch of restaurants and here is what we are looking for:

1. Specialize in seafood/fish.

2. Not fine dining..but not fast food...mid-range is the best descriptor I can find however I'm certain there is a better term for what I am trying to say...just can't think of it.

3. Interesting and nice ambiance...restaurants where you can feel the "buzz" in the room.

4. Can be ethnic or otherwise. Bonus for non-ethnic restaurants that have an asian influence. <- I originally wanted to say "Japanese Fusion" but to me that has a connotation with wacky sushi rolls. I am not looking for that, but seafood dishes with japanese influence done well are a-OK.

5. Can be either tapas-sized dishes to one-entree-per-person size dishes or anything in between. (i'd like to try some of each).

I'm looking to try out many restaurants within these guidelines (they are not strict guidelines, I'm just trying to give you an idea of what I am looking for)

Does that help? If not please let me know what other requirements I should list...

Thank you so much!

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  1. If you like oysters (I do) oyster happy hour at Lure downtown is a good deal and quality. They have a few other happy-hour-priced dishes too, though I mainly concentrate on oysters. I think they've got best ones as far as happy hour oysters go. Interesting decor too - feels like you're sitting inside of a ship. I also love oysters at Grand Central Oyster Bar. Gotta sit at the bar! Luke's Lobster is another no-brainer, more gently priced than other ones in the city and better than most of them.

    Are you interested in sushi or no? I couldn't tell from your OP.

    Grand Central Oyster Bar
    89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

    Lure Fishbar
    142 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012

    Luke's Lobster
    93 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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    1. re: uwsister

      Lure probably fits the bill, they have all kinds of seafood, even sushi. and a buzz in the room. Japonais can be interesting. Aqua Grill has great seafood, casualish but not trendy or buzzy. En Brasserie or Buddakan have seafood and a buzz, but by no means are they seafood restaurants. Sushi Samba might be a good choice. Brushstroke also would be a possibility, check out the menu.

      75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      En Japanese Brasserie
      435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

      210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

      SushiSamba 7
      87 Seventh Avenue South, New York, NY 10014

      30 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

      1. re: foodwhisperer

        Thanks for the additions. Sushi Samba seems interesting to me as well. Buddakan looks good too...I should state now that it does'nt really have to be a "seafood restaurant"...its just that we are mainly interested in fish and seafood dishes. However, I know when making a request thread its best to be as specific as possible when there are so many choices out there!

        75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      2. Can you please specify what you mean by "mid-range?" TIA.

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        1. re: LeahBaila

          "Can you please specify what you mean by "mid-range?" TIA."

          I knew I didn't describe it well...
          I'm not really talking about price...price doesn't really matter. What I mean is that it isn't a fine dining restaurant but it also isn't a dive, cheap takeout place, or diner or something like that. I'm thinking of servers that are casual and a place that is a bit trendy, cool, hip...


          Thanks for your recommendations. I am interested in sushi that is a bit non-traditional and done well. I love traditional sushi but this isn't what I am looking for this trip.

          1. re: szw

            Thanks, szw. My favorite is BLT Fish (upstairs). My meals there have been consistently fantastic.

            BLT Fish
            21 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

            1. re: LeahBaila

              Thanks all, you guys are great..I've been browsing the menus and they look delish.

              how about for japanese fusion done well? I've never been to Nobu but I understand this is what he does most famously? Since there are many reviews on Nobu, how about other restaurants that you would rather go to besides Nobu for the same "type" of food?

              105 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

              1. re: szw

                Maybe Morimoto? I haven't been, but it seems like there are a few 'hounds who are fans. I've never cared for Nobu or Megu (similar to Nobu) so I can't recommend either. For non-traditional sushi, Sushi of Gari is probably best but also quite expensive. Blue Ribbon Sushi might be a good choice, not as creative but also not as expensive.

        2. mermaid inn in east village is another place that has a great oysters happy hours along with other goodies at good prices. I love their fish tacos.
          I like to sit in the back.

          Mermaid Inn
          96 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

          1. Aquagrill maybe?

            210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

            1. How's Wild Edibles? Their food? I've been meaning to go here for while...


              Wild Edibles
              535 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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              1. re: Kurtis

                Wild Edibles is a great neighborhood place. Good service even it it's always busy during dinner time and the seafood are always very fresh. You'll see them pick your seafood order from their retail display counters. I like the simple, yet well executed, preparations that they come up with which do not detract from the freshness and quality of the fish.

                Their fresh oysters selection is a must whenever we dine there. Wine list is not over-the-top, but has all appropriate varietals for their menu. Beer list is good, too.

                Wild Edibles
                535 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

                1. re: RCC

                  Great. Will have to try it soon. Thank you!