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

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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.

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    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.

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      Buddakan
      75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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

      Aquagrill
      210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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

      Brushstroke
      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!

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        Buddakan
        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...

          uwsister,

          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.

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            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?

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              Nobu
              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.

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

          1. Aquagrill maybe?

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            Aquagrill
            210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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

              http://www.wildedibles.com/

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              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.

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

                1. re: RCC

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

              2. Millesime and John Dory both sound like perfect fits

                I've personally not been to Millesime.
                John Dory has a nice trendy, buzzy vibe, good cocktails, and above average, not fine dining food, mostly small plates.

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                Millesime
                92 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

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

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                1. re: fooder

                  I have been to Millesime and it was fabulous...! everything was really delicious especially the lobster pot au feu.

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                  Millesime
                  92 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

                2. Grand Central Oyster Bar for ambience and fabulous oysters and chowder. Skip the rest of the menu, it's mediocre. Make sure you sit at the Oyster Bar.
                  Otherwise Wild Edibles on 3rd Ave for great seafood in a simple setting.
                  I have never been to Dock's on 3rd Av but have heard good reviews.

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

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

                  1. Pescatore, Pampano, Atlantic Grill, Blue Water Grill. All are consistent mid priced restaurants with a scene.

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                    Blue Water Grill
                    31 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003

                    Pescatore
                    955 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10022

                    Pampano
                    209 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

                    Atlantic Grill
                    49 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

                    1. Millesime and Le Pescadeux are two that may fit what you are looking for.

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                      Le Pescadeux
                      90 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

                      Millesime
                      92 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

                      1. For super casual seafood meals, I like Fish on Bleecker Street in the West Village. Good oysters and great other fare too.

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                        Fish
                        280 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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                        1. re: loratliff

                          I went to Fish the other night. The oysters were fresh. Although I ordered only 3 they gave me 6. The new england clam chowder was thin ( which is Ok) although I prefer thicker creamier. The potatoes in the soup were almost raw as was the celery and other veggies in there. Lots of clams in it, for a positive note. The fried catfish was a large serving. No taste really. The french fries were great. They had a special price for 6 oysters and a beer on the mirror, with a slight addition for a higher end drink. However,they did not give me the deal on my bill, even though I had 6 oysters and a beer. I'd sooner go to Pearl Oyster bar around the corner

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                          Pearl Oyster Bar
                          18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

                          Fish
                          280 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                          1. re: foodwhisperer

                            I thought the oyster and a beer/wine deal was a happy hour thing? and it only covers blue points? is it possible you didnt get the deal because you ordered more expensive oysters?

                            1. re: tex.s.toast

                              nope, i ordered blue points,,i ordered 3, they gave me six ,,but charged me for 6

                              1. re: foodwhisperer

                                Fish is well known for its for its nasty management, fake/scam happy hours, and general awfulness...its the only restaurant in all of NYC where i'm proud of my decision to tip zero when the bill arrived. Fwiw, i usually tip over 20% at good places. I urge everyone to avoid it.

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                                Fish
                                280 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                                1. re: Simon

                                  i haven't been back to FIsh, and won't be back. Tonite I had delicious bay scallops at Morimoto, Nice atmosphere downstairs, watching all the people.

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                                  Morimoto
                                  88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                        2. Most restaurants offer a great fish dish so really not going to be difficult to fulfill the request. More about the atmosphere and location that seems important. A few places that come to mind and some are already recommended:
                          Best choices IMO are Mermaid Inn. Buddakan. Also, Osteria Morini, the octopus dish at Del Anima is amazing, Tertulia for tapas...There's so many. Enjoy

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                          Buddakan
                          75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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

                          Dell'Anima
                          38 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

                          Osteria Morini
                          218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

                          Tertulia
                          359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011