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Shellfish tower

wynnemat Sep 22, 2013 05:49 PM

Any recommendations for a shellfish tower in manhattan? Or individual plates where shellfish really shines?

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  1. ellenost RE: wynnemat Sep 22, 2013 07:48 PM

    The NoMad has a great shellfish tower.

    1. ipsedixit RE: wynnemat Sep 22, 2013 08:03 PM

      The John Dory (@ the Ace Hotel)

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        loratliff RE: ipsedixit Sep 22, 2013 08:07 PM


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          Worldwide Diner RE: ipsedixit Sep 22, 2013 08:11 PM

          Whats on said tower and price?

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            ipsedixit RE: Worldwide Diner Sep 22, 2013 08:15 PM

            If I call correctly it's a collection of oysters (west and east), clams, shrimp, crab and the piece de resistance - a whole lobster split in half.

            Sets you back a cool 2 bills.

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              loratliff RE: ipsedixit Sep 22, 2013 08:33 PM

              Whelks, too, last time I had it, as well as the excellent Parker House rolls.

              Also, the price varies depending on the number of people. I believe it's for $50 for two, $130 for four, and $195 for six.

        2. princeofpork3 RE: wynnemat Sep 23, 2013 06:24 AM

          Keens has a huge and delicious seafood platter (different shape, same concept)

          1. Monica RE: wynnemat Sep 23, 2013 07:05 AM

            Aquagrill is also known for ultra fresh shellfish tower.

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              kosmose7 RE: Monica Sep 23, 2013 08:15 AM

              I second Aquagrill. Ultra fresh indeed.

            2. Delucacheesemonger RE: wynnemat Sep 23, 2013 07:51 AM

              The ones at Balthazar have always worked for me.

              1. famdoc RE: wynnemat Sep 23, 2013 10:13 AM

                Consider gathering a group of at least 8 people and booking the Chef's Table at The John Dory. You'll not only get the shellfish tower, but also a very generous selection of the best that kitchen produces. As a bonus, you'll be right in the kitchen eating at a table with a view of all the chefs. $95 per person, $145 with wine pairings (a great deal, considering your wines are selected and poured by The John Dory's great wine manager, Carla Rzeszewski.

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                  wynnemat RE: wynnemat Sep 24, 2013 07:04 PM

                  Thanks for all the replies. I will be staying in Soho, and have been to the bar at aquagrill... glad to hear that their main room is worth visiting... trying to decide between Aqua grill and Balthazar. I like the space in Balthazar, we will probably be going some time during our stay in November... debating whether to do a shellfish tower there, or if the other options on their menu are preferable, and do the tower at Aqua.

                  Decisions, decisions.

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                    Worldwide Diner RE: wynnemat Sep 24, 2013 07:53 PM

                    DBGB also has a pretty good seafood platter that isn't outrageously expensive but has a good variety.

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