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Fish at a Steakhouse???

I have to take someone to a steakhouse but I do not eat any meat but do eat fish. Fish at The Palm, Morton's, Del Frisco's, Smith & Wolensky and most steakhouses is miserable at best. Any suggestions???

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  1. Looks like you've made the rounds of fish in local STEAKHOUSES! Why suffer some more?

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    1. re: RCC

      Here's a restaurant with very good steaks and equally good fishe dishes: Minetta Tavern.


    2. Can you take them to a non-steakhouse restaurant with excellent steak? Like Tertulia, Craft, Momofuku Ssam, etc?

      What about Costata?

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      1. re: kathryn

        The steaks at Costata are marvelous but I can't say the same about the seafood (the selections of crudo or the lobster in particular).

        A non-meat eater dining with a carnivore at Costata would be better served with one of the many pasta dishes.

      2. I've always been told that the steak at Le Bernardin is excellent.


        1. I don't mean to sound obnoxious here, but next time don't get the fish. Most steakhouses have a baked potato that is good sized, a decent salad or veg option and good wine. No fish involved. And then "next time" your dining partner lets you pick your favorite fish restaurant.
          Like kathryn suggested skip the old school steakhouse altogther.

          1. I've never had it myself, but I have a friend (whose tastes I generally agree with) who swears by the salmon at Strip House.

            1. As a non fish eater, I have had great success with meat at a Seafood Restaurant. I think the reason might be that the restaurant does not want to offend the non fish eater in the party.

              1. I ate salmon at Frankie & Johnnie's at lunchtime and it wasn't miserable. Probably not as good as the steak at Le Bernadin, but there was nothing wrong with the way it was cooked. They have a lot of seafood appetizers, so that is another option.

                1. I'm told the fish at Quality Meats is great w inventive dishes. I recently saw a television show about the fish there.

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                  1. re: UES Mayor

                    Can't speak to the fish, but as a vegetarian, due to the quality of the sides Quality Meats is by far my favorite steakhouse in the city.

                    1. re: UES Mayor

                      I recently tasted the fish at Quality Meats, it was very good ( sea bass), the scallop appetizer is good too. I also tasted the salmon there, and it was good also.
                      Wolfgang's salmon is good. Of course the shellfish tower is really good too.
                      Knickerbocker's has good steak, but the fish is exceptionally good there.

                      1. re: UES Mayor

                        Actually, I went to Quality Italian and was very happy!!!!

                      2. Great fish at a steak house? Just get the seafood tower. Usualy fantastic qaulity and every steak house has one.

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                        1. re: princeofpork3

                          +1 on the seafood tower idea.

                          Would Artisinal meet your needs? It's French rather than a traditional New York steakhouse, but offers a number of good seafood entrees (and seafood tower) in addition to the steaks they are known for.

                          1. re: Elizabeth E.

                            I think most people would be hard pressed to finish the typical seafood towers by themselves, which is what the OP would probably be doing in this instance it seems.

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              but how much fun would it be to try. Also, the meat eaters can partake in the tower as well.

                          2. re: princeofpork3

                            Seafood Tower, jumbo shrimp cocktail, lobster, Mac and cheese, tomato mozzarella, Cesar salad, any salad! These are staples at most higher end steakhouses. The OP might not eat meat, but there are plenty of alternatives.

                          3. It's been quite a while since I've been back, but Keens had an excellent, sizeable, and well-priced whole dover sole (still on the menu last I checked) filleted at the table along with decent lobster salad, crab cakes, jumbo lump crab cocktail, and shrimp cocktail.
                            photos: http://ramblingsandgamblings.blogspot...

                            1. The swordfish at sparks is better than the steak IMHO.

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                              1. re: AdamD

                                A dirty shoe is better than the steaks at Sparks. OK that was a little harsh but still.....

                                1. re: princeofpork3

                                  Dirty shoes are an acquired taste from what I hear :)

                                  Seriously, its been awhile, but I would go to sparks for the swordfish.

                                  1. re: princeofpork3

                                    Sparks "back in the day" was the best ambiance for a NY City steakhouse. They had linen table cloths and dim lighting long before most others. I always found their steaks to be a bit too salty, however I would go (20 years ago) if I wanted a decent steak in a nice setting.

                                    In all honesty they should pay royalties to the Gotti family. If it wasn't for John Sr. (allegedly) orchestrating the Paul Castellano assassination outside Sparks, I don't think it would do near the business it does. If memory serves me correct they even have a memorial plaque on the sidewalk to Castellano. (is my memory correct on that?)

                                    1. re: jrvedivici

                                      I don't see/notice any memorial plaque. I walk by there almost every day for the past 9+ years.

                                      1. re: RCC

                                        Well obviously I could be wrong, for some reason I thought I remember seeing it. Take a closer look for me on the way home!

                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                          I used to walk past quite often, and I would have remembered a plaque. I would have found it creepy to memorialize a crime scene.

                                          1. re: Veggo

                                            Hmmmphhhhh my bad I guess. For some reason I remember seeing like a 10"x10" square bronze plaque in the sidewalk near the curb where Castallano died.

                                            Funny, I tried googling it to see if anything came up and the first "hit" on google was this thread. Looks like I've got my memorial plaques mixed up.

                                2. I am pescetarian too, but I survived many business dinner which are usually at steakhouse. Stick with the salmon or seabass and/or oysters. It is boring, I know. But they are usually not bad.

                                  Capital Grill at the Chrysler building is decent.

                                  1. Actually the lobster at The Palm is fantastic.

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                                    1. re: bronwen

                                      BIG ones. Both sides of the street.

                                    2. The Palm does a very nice lobster.

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                                      1. re: Motosport

                                        The lobster at the Palm is huge. I think it is 3,5 lbs