Address: 21 W. 17th St. (5th & 6th Ave.)
Review: Located just steps from Union Square park in the Flatiron area sits another gem in this burgeoning neighborhood. After a couple of happy hour drinks we looked around for some light and tasty dinner options. Seafood sounded like a good choice and BLT Fish has a great selection. We sat on the top floor in a cozy booth and began our feast under the skylight. The only issue we had with the menu was that it was too big and everything looked too good! We finally settled on some raw bar items and a bunch of smaller plates. Oysters, crab legs, you name it…the boyfriend was feeling good after some post work cocktails and got a bit out of hand, ordering nearly everything he liked on the menu, and I didn’t object. Each dish was a complete delight to the palate; though not the wallet. You pay up for the beautiful and comfortable setting and the seemingly ocean to table freshness; but it’s definitely worth the price.
Address: 269 W. 23rd St. (7th & 8th Ave.)
*Also located in Midtown West
Review: The lobster roll seems to be a fad that took New York by storm and this Chelsea location offers up their take on it, served with some butter and mayo on the typical potato bread. They offer the delish but not low calorie surf and turf which compliments its lobster with some tasty bacon chunks. Though it is clearly not a romantic setting, this place will hit the spot if you’re in the mood for some no frills lobster treats. They also have some options for the non-seafood eater as well. The only downside is that there’s no booze at the Chelsea location.
Address: 254 5th Ave. (28th & 29th St.)
Review: Situated in the up and coming NoMad area, this newly opened seafood restaurant is just getting its sea legs underneath it. Our visit here was only 3 weeks into its debut. The service was super friendly and the food was delicious, however they were lacking on dish availability – they ran out of 2 of the dishes we wanted to try. Good, clean oysters, nice salads and a delicious oyster po’ boy made for a delicious night of trying out the new kid on the block.
Address: 18 Cornelia St. (4th & Bleecker St.)
Review: Pearl Oyster Bar is a quaint seafood spot in the West Village. The decor is bright but pretty bare/limited giving it that casual seaside restaurant feel. They have a basic seafood menu that’s executed very well at a pretty good value. The seafood is super fresh and the lobster rolls are fantastic – one of the best we’ve had in the city. Be warned that they don’t take reservations and it gets packed for dinner so try and get there early! You can sit and eat at the bar or the counter too if you want less of a wait.
Address: 4 W. 22nd St. (5th & 6th Ave.)
Review: Sagaponack is a classy but casual seafood/new american restaurant tucked away in the Flatiron District. It’s got a comfy, beachy, hamptons feel and has great seafood dishes to go along with it. There’s a whole section of their menu dedicated to lobster so of course we needed to try out some of those dishes. The lobster pot pie and the lobster and shrimp ravioli were great, creative preparations of lobster and the duck and mushroom dumplings are a MUST try. All in all, Sagaponack is a cute spot to bring your date with it’s intimate and classy, yet casual and comfortable setting. We’re already talking about going back to try out some of their meat dishes!
Address: 209 East 49th St. (3rd & 2nd Ave.)
Review: Pampano is a high end Mexican seafood spot located in Midtown East. It’s not a far walk from Grand Central and it has really nice outdoor seating among the tall buildings in the area. You have 2 options here – you can eat off the tapas menu downstairs at the bar if your looking for some small bites, or eat off the full dinner menu upstairs (either indoors or out). Everything we tried was truly fantastic. The scallops were prepared perfectly, the braised pork shoulder was savory and delicious and the lobster tacos and red snapper quesadillas were super tasty appetizers. They also have good specialty cocktails, nice decor and quick, friendly service. So if you’re in the mood for some great Mexican food but want to keep it on the healthy side, this is a great spot to bring your date for a nice night out.
Address: 235 Park Ave. S. (19th & 20th St.)
Review: City Crab is a great spot in Gramercy for some good, super fresh seafood. It’s a large space that’s nicely done, while not overly fancy. Tons of options to satiate your seafood craving – crisp oysters, delicious buffalo shrimp, and basically anything else you can imagine. Try the cold platter to get a little taste of everything! The menu is reasonably priced for the quality seafood you’re getting, but it’s not cheap. City Crab is better for a nice bar/raw bar date than a romantic one with their great bar/high top table area.
Address: 535 3rd Ave. (35th & 36th St.)
Review: Wild Edibles is good for a shot of seafood in the land of bar food, aka Murray Hill, though we were a little underwhelmed with the place. The service was pretty slow to start, and the space is really tight – the tables are right on top of one another and you feel as though your’re intruding on the date next to you. We had the oysters and calamari – both of which were solidly good but the oysters seemed pretty small and under sized. Though there is more to their menu, like lobster rolls, crab cakes, and tuna steaks and they do have a couple of fun off the run beers. Overall, it’s a decent spot to have a quick weekday date with better/healthier options than your typical bars along 3rd ave in Murray Hill.
Address: 31 Union Square West (at 16th St.)
Review: The Blue Water Grill was our 3rd stop on our Restaurant Week tour. They have a really solid RW menu and a romantic setting, especially in the live jazz room downstairs. The pros were the great options on the RW menu, the perfectly prepared fish dishes, and the tasty desserts (nothing to write home about but satisfies the sweet tooth). The soup was a little sweet, but super refreshing and great for a hot summer night. You also had the option of getting a bottle of wine along with your 3 courses for an extra $35, which we of course did! The cons were that our table wasn’t ready right away and we ended up being seated right in front of the band which was a little bit loud. Also, the service was a little bit slow to begin with. Overall, The Blue Water Grill is definitely a spot to check out when you and your date are in the mood for a romantic night out, some great live music and some awesome seafood.
Address: Grand Central Station
Review: Grand Central Oyster Bar is a cool spot with old history. It’s generally packed with commuters on their way home after work, but it’s worth the trip to Grand Central even if you’re not heading out of town. The seafood is always fresh and generally quick, and while not a bargain, the prices are reasonable. You have 3 dining style options – countertop, tables and the bar. It’s not really a romantic date spot since it’s packed with business men waiting for their train home, but it can be a great spot to grab some delicious oysters and a cocktail before heading elsewhere for dinner or up to Connecticut for the weekend with your significant other.
Address: 93 E. 7th St.
*Locations also in Financial District, Upper East Side and Upper West Side
Review: We’re pretty obsessed with Luke’s Lobster – super fresh seafood from Maine right in the middle of the East Village (and FiDi, UES and UWS). We always seem to end up here whenever we are in the area! They have delicious lobster, shrimp and crab rolls, lobster and shrimp being our favorites. Really good sodas and chips as well. But since it’s locations are all pretty small take out places, it’s not ideal for a date but more of a place to stop in if you’re looking for a quick bite before heading elsewhere. Also not the cheapest meal for a take out sandwich but they do drive the seafood down from Maine daily and it’s definitely worth the price. Luke’s Lobster is a great spot to grab a bite to eat and has the best lobster rolls you’ll find south of Cape Cod. Great healthier alternative to a slice of pizza when you’re out in the East Village or near one of their other locations.