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Fish at a Steakhouse???

nyperr Sep 1, 2013 01:22 PM

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???

  1. Motosport Sep 6, 2013 09:29 AM

    The Palm does a very nice lobster.

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    1. re: Motosport
      foodwhisperer Sep 6, 2013 02:41 PM

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

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      bronwen Sep 4, 2013 11:13 AM

      Actually the lobster at The Palm is fantastic.

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      1. re: bronwen
        Veggo Sep 5, 2013 08:26 AM

        BIG ones. Both sides of the street.

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        nomadmanhattan Sep 4, 2013 09:47 AM

        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.

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          AdamD Sep 4, 2013 06:17 AM

          The swordfish at sparks is better than the steak IMHO.

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            princeofpork3 Sep 4, 2013 08:28 AM

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

            1. re: princeofpork3
              AdamD Sep 4, 2013 09:10 AM

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

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

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                jrvedivici Sep 5, 2013 06:58 AM

                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?)

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                  RCC Sep 5, 2013 07:43 AM

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

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                    jrvedivici Sep 5, 2013 08:02 AM

                    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!

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                      Veggo Sep 5, 2013 08:20 AM

                      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.

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                        jrvedivici Sep 5, 2013 08:32 AM

                        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.

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              fooder Sep 4, 2013 06:09 AM

              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. princeofpork3 Sep 3, 2013 08:11 AM

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

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                  Elizabeth E. Sep 3, 2013 09:41 AM

                  +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.

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                    ipsedixit Sep 3, 2013 07:28 PM

                    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.

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                      princeofpork3 Sep 4, 2013 05:43 AM

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

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                    jrvedivici Sep 3, 2013 11:32 AM

                    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.

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                    UES Mayor Sep 3, 2013 05:27 AM

                    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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                      downtownchica Sep 4, 2013 12:35 PM

                      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.

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                        foodwhisperer Sep 5, 2013 10:03 PM

                        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.

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                          nyperr Sep 24, 2013 09:50 AM

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

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                          barberinibee Sep 3, 2013 01:53 AM

                          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.

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                            AMC1210 Sep 2, 2013 06:18 PM

                            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.

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                              lexismore Sep 2, 2013 04:05 PM

                              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.

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                                Ttrockwood Sep 1, 2013 08:42 PM

                                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.

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                                  Sneakeater Sep 1, 2013 03:40 PM

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


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                                    kathryn Sep 1, 2013 02:09 PM

                                    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
                                      ipsedixit Sep 1, 2013 06:48 PM

                                      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.

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                                      RCC Sep 1, 2013 02:06 PM

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

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                                      1. re: RCC
                                        RCC Sep 3, 2013 11:04 AM

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


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