Sensational seafood: The city's best fish spots
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By Emily Mathis
Special to amNewYork
With Lent fast approaching it's less than a week away the devout have several fish-full days ahead of them. Weve arranged some top city seafood joints, from established favorites to those just breaking in.
1341 Third Avenue at 77th Street, 212-988-9200
Last year Zagat voted Blue Water Grills Upper East Side cousin one of New Yorks top 50 restaurants. Indulge in such favorites as the Maryland Crab Cake with Grilled Corn Salsa topped with Chipotle Remoulade.Aquagrill
210 Spring Street at Sixth Avenue, 212-274-0505
Since opening in 1996, this chic but friendly Soho raw bar/seafood restaurant has earned nine Best Of awards, including the Village Voices Best Sluck & Slurp Oyster Bar and three Zagat Best Brunch awards.
1567 Broadway at 47th Street, 212-918-1400
The experience at Bluefin is multi-sensory. Located in the Times Square W Hotel, the restaurant offers great seafood and views (not to mention a floating staircase).
Blue Water Grill
31 Union Square W. at 16th Street, 212-675-9500
Unique creations such as a Lobster Salad Sliders with Avocado, Tomato, Arugula and Applewood Bacon made this Union Square establishment the golden child of the 2008 Zagat survey where it was voted the 11th most popular New York restaurant and praised as one that never disappoints (especially for dates).
21 W. 17th Street btwn Fifth and Sixth aves., 212-691-8888
The middle-child of the famous Bistro Laurent Tourondel lineage showcases the owner and executive chefs true love: the sea. Located in a Flatiron townhouse, it offers a New England-style seafood shack downstairs and elegant dining room upstairs.
402 W. 43rd Street, btwn Ninth and Tenth aves., 212-564-7272
Another Italian hit from the famous duo who brought you Babo, Del Posto and Otto. This one offers a $75 tasting menu, including a sampling of the days raw seafood, a Sicilian style shark with cauliflower, and a selection of famous deserts.
Grand Central Oyster Bar
Grand Central Station 212-490-6650
Since 1913 this New York City landmark has delighted a vast clientele with their old New York feel right underneath the bustling Grand Central terminal. Their menu features some 20 daily catches and a raw bar.
The John Dory
85 10th Avenue, btwn 15th and 16th sts., 212-929-4948
The follow-up to West Village hot spot The Spotted Pig opened in November 2008 to rave reviews. It offers a 900-gallon fish tank, raw bar and late night menu from midnight to 2 a.m.
6388 Woodhaven Blvd., 718-894-8084
The chronically crowded mom n pops seafood mecca of Forest Hills offers a $25 3-course prixe-fixe deal Seafood on a String Monday-Thursday from 4 p.m. 10 p.m.
155 W. 51st Street, btwn Sixth and Seventh aves., 212-554-1515
Internationally known for serving the best seafood dishes New York has to offer, this 4-star restaurant consistently pleases. Forbes called it the gold standard of seafood.
The Mermaid Inn
96 Second Avenue, btwn 5th and 6th sts., 212-674-5870 568 (East Village) Amsterdam Ave btwn 87th and 88th sts. 212-799-7400 (Upper West Side)
More adventurous but equally as comforting as the common neighborhood joint, the Mermaid Inn serves extra-large scallops. Plus, this months Blue Plate special offers their famous lobster sandwich with a Blue Point beer for just $20.
Pearl Oyster Bar
18 Cornelia Street, 212-691-8211
This Greenwich Village staple is credited with bringing the lobster roll from New England to Manhattan some 13 years ago. A quaint, down-home feel with open kitchen and mostly bar seating, the menu changes daily so check the blackboard.