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Place with 'Grest Oyster Selection' plus well executed hot seafood dishes, especially fish.

Charles Yu Sep 15, 2012 10:05 PM

For those of you fellow chowhounders who have been to Toronto. During my up coming trip to NYC, I am looking for a seafood/oyster restaurant that is similar to Toronto's 'Starfish' - ie offers great selection of oysters plus a kitchen competent enough to cook delicious hot seafood dishes especially fish. I know places like Esca , Aquagrill, Oceana.... all can execute great seafood and fish dishes but how are their oysters and bi-valves selection? Grand Central has great oyster selection but IMO their cooked dishes are below par.
Thanks!!

  1. BoloJungle Sep 16, 2012 01:47 AM

    I like Avra - 48th Street btwn Lex & 3rd

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      bifpocaroba Sep 24, 2012 10:07 AM

      ow about Dock's.

      http://www.docksoysterbar.com/

      Here is another good one...in basement of Penn St.

      http://www.tracksbargrill.com/about.html

      1. Spiritchaser Sep 24, 2012 10:28 AM

        Aquagrill has at a minimum 25 different oyster varieties every day (out of thier rotation that must be over 50) and they are of excellent quality.

        1. LeahBaila Sep 24, 2012 12:49 PM

          ...adding Crave Fishbar. Great spot - solid cocktails - fantastic seafood.

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            RCC Sep 24, 2012 02:10 PM

            If you want to go below the Starfish ambiance towards a much more casual one where the fish and oysters are as fresh as the ones that you can buy from your neighborhood fishmonger, then check out Wild Edibles on 3rd Ave and 35th. Wild Edibles is a 3-store chain that sells fresh fish and shellfish in Manhattan. The 3rd Avenue location is a very local, neighborhood place, and is the only one with a restaurant. Very competent chef that prepares your chosen fish dish from the iced display cases. The fresh oyster selection is at least as much as the one that has the most in any other restaurant in Manhattan. A small, but well chosen wine and beer selection, too. I don't recall anything that's similar in Toronto.

            http://www.wildedibles.com/menu.cfm

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              foodwhisperer Sep 24, 2012 05:16 PM

              Aquagrill would be my choice for great oyster selection and delicious seafood. Not to mention location and casual dress. Think no further.

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              1. re: foodwhisperer
                Charles Yu Sep 24, 2012 08:31 PM

                Thank you all!
                Been to Aquagrill a few times. Just wanted to try something new and different! Worse come to worse, I'll squeeze in sometime for oysters at the Grand Central and leave the cooked seafood to our lunch at Casa Mono! The latter has revamped their menu since my last visit. Saw at l;east a dozen seafood dish variety. Should satisfy seafood yearning of both my friend and me.

              2. Baelsette Sep 24, 2012 05:20 PM

                Hi Charles, fellow Toronto Chowhounder here. Have been to Aqua Grill a few years back and had a great dinner. Can't really compare it to Starfish as I've never been (I'm more of a Zee Grill kind of gal).
                Going to NYC myself soon, hope you have a great trip!

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