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Best Seafood Restaurants in Midtown NYC

Best Seafood Restaurants in Midtown NYC

Fish-centric restaurants in Midtown NYC. These fine establishments have made their reputation on the diverse array of seafood dishes that they offer.

On this article: Marea, Fishbar, The Sea Fire Grill, Docks Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill City, Lobster and Steak and The Sea Grill.

You can be certain that the chef's signature dish is always centered around the catch of the day. Within only a few blocks radius, you can find restaurants that will prepare your fish Greek or Italian style as well as according to various regional American recipes.


Marea - NYC

Located close to Central Park, Chef and owner Michael White has outdone all of his previous culinary efforts with the superb menu at Marea. In Italian, marea means tide. And at this upscale Italian-seafood restaurant, the tide has most definitely swept some tasty fish ashore. Chef White's diverse menu is divided up into different sections such as crudo, oysters, antipasti, handmade pasta and composed fish dishes. The well curated  wine list has over 750 selections with the emphasis being on European whites, which go well with seafood.

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When you are seated, just take your time, peruse the menu and be prepared to step out of your comfort zone. The end result will be well worth the effort. Chef's  signature dish is the Fusilli with octopus braised in red wine and bone marrow. The Gnocchetti is served with rock shrimp, chilies and a touch of rosemary. Another taste tempting dish that you will want to try is the carciofi, a blend of artichokes, crawfish and mushrooms.

Seasonal fish selections include branzino, grilled swordfish with broccoli rabe, seared halibut and butter poached lobster. Don't miss out on the brodetto di pesce, an Adriatic  seafood soup which consists of clams, scallops, prawns, bass and langoustine. This soup is as delicious as it sounds. Just met someone who you'd like to impress? Then make a reservation at Marea. This high-end restaurant is perfect for a romantic evening or a business lunch.

Location and Hours

240 Central park South
New York NY 10019
(212) 582-5100
www.marea-nyc.com

Hours:

Mon-Thur 12 PM to 11 PM
Fri           12 PM to 11:30 PM
Sat          11:30 AM to 11:30 PM
Sun         11:30 AM to  10:30 PM


Crave Fishbar - NYC

Crave Fishbar is beyond what might be termed visually appealing. Once you enter the premises, you just can't stop looking around. You could be forgiven for thinking that you'd mistakenly wandered into a rather old fashioned yacht club. Round mirrors that resemble portholes are everywhere as are grey planks of driftwood. The banquettes are straight out of an episode of Gilligan's Island. Yes, the decor goes straight to the edge of being corny. Yet, somehow, it all comes together and works. The long marble bar, however, is quite impressive. The bar area looks as if it goes perfectly with the townhouse that Crave Fishbar is located in.

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There are two dining areas at Crave, but you would be better off making reservations for the second floor dining room. It's infinitely more spacious and a bit less noisy than the downstairs area. Now to the food being served here. In a word, it is delicious. Fresh cuts of fish are paired with somewhat unusual ingredients. The chef here knows just how far he can take things without crossing the culinary line from the sublime to the ridiculous. You will just fall in love with their signature lobster curry, an exotic blend of chu chee curry, charred red onion, Japanese eggplant, Thai apple eggplant and fresh bamboo shoots. A very close second in the affection sweepstakes is the handmade squid ink spaghetti, served with chopped shrimp, fresno chile, and spring garlic in a savory clam stock.

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As you would expect at such an out of the box restaurant, the seared yellow fin tuna is a feast for both the palate and the eyes. Your tuna steak rests upon a colorful bed of Mexican corn, queso fresco, pickled onions and salsa.

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Location and Hours

945 Second Avenue
New York NY 10022
(646) 895--9585

Hours:

Mon-Wed   11:30 AM to 10 PM
Thur-Fri     11:30 AM to 11 PM
Sat            5:30 PM  to 11 PM
Sun           11:30 AM to 9 PM


The Sea Fire Grill - NYC

The raw bar offerings, seafood creations and  upscale atmosphere attracts a lively and chic after work crowd. The vibe here at Sea Fire Grill is definitely trendy. You will be wowed by the elegant dining room, complete with a fireplace. The dιcor is highlighted by dark walnut wine racks and the impeccable ambiance is as refined as the cuisine.

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Raw bar selections include chilled lobster with lemon aioli, oysters, Long Island littleneck clams and colossal shrimp. Caviar service includes boiled egg whites, red onions, tarragon crθme fraiche and warm blinis. The oysters Rockefeller make for a nice snack, after your working day is done. Prepared with spinach, parmesan and pernod, they are absolutely delicious. At the Sea Fire Grill they make a perfect cup of Lobster Bisque.

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For the most part their seafood is locally sourced. Regulars rave about the Roasted Halibut with lemon gnocchi and the blackened Montauk swordfish. However, the most requested dish on the menu would have to be the orecchiette pasta in a tuna Bolognese sauce. Incredible! And that word just about sums up your experience at The Sea Fire Grill.

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Location and Hours

158 east 48th street
New York NY 10017
(212) 935-3785
www.theseafiregrill.com

Hours:

Mon to Fri 11:30 AM - 11 PM
Sat to Sun 4 PM to 11 PM

 

Docks Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill - NYC

Docks is the classic New York seafood  restaurant. The dιcor is art-deco and the atmosphere is very cool indeed. By day,  business executives and professionals from around town (as well as from around the globe), flock to Docks for their seasonal seafood menu items such as Florida stone crab claws, Wild Alaskan King Salmon, Maryland soft shell crabs and Nantucket Bay scallops.

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When dusk falls, Docks turns into a cocktail bar and seafood palace where the after work crowd mingles with local residents. To add to the general merriment, there's live jazz music on tap, every Tuesday night. Lobsters are available steamed, broiled, grilled, baked, stuffed or chilled. However you order them, as far as most new Yorkers are concerned, lobster meat is as good as it gets. And don't forget the drawn butter! You can even enjoy a classic Maine Lobster roll.

The menu at Docks is extensive, to say the least. They have a full sushi bar as well as sashimi. Fried selections range from day boat scallops and New England sole to their version of fish and chips. But it's with the creatively prepared entrees that the kitchen at Docks, really excels. The  Maine lobster Risotto with asparagus is cooked in a heavenly saffron lobster broth. Seafood cioppino consists of shrimp, mussels, salmon and clams inside of a citrus shellfish broth.
Linguine with red or white clam sauce is prepared using freshly shucked littleneck clams and your choice of either house-made marinara sauce or a divine white wine sauce. Yet another can't miss choice is the rainbow trout piccata, accompanied by grape tomatoes, asparagus and mushrooms.

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If you're really hungry, order a side of their lobster Mac and cheese. You won't regret it. The service at Docks is outstanding. If you're lucky enough to grab a table by one of their picture windows, you can watch new York roll by, on third avenue and 40th Street. Docks is located only a few feet from Grand Central station.

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Location and Hours

633 Third avenue
New York NY 10017
(212) 986-8080
www.docksoysterbar.com

 

City Lobster and Steak  - NYC  

As you walk in the door a water tank filled with live lobsters greets you. You can pick out your very own personal lobster. Then, just relax at your table and enjoy a drink and appetizer, while the chef prepares your catch of the day, however you like it. But City Lobster is not  only about our crustacean friends from the deep blue sea. Their menu is packed with fresh seafood enticements as well as  choices like a 10 oz. center cut certified Angus filet mignon and a 14 oz. New York strip steak.

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They are known for their flavorful down East lobster roll with housemade fries and cole slaw. City's Maine clam bake includes any size lobster with mussels, clams, corn on the cob and new potatoes. Of course, you can surf n' turf here all you want. Pair up a lobster or some Alaskan king crab legs with a NY strip steak or filet mignon. Now that's exciting.

The most popular non-lobster or beef entrees are the crispy skin North Atlantic Salmon in an apple cider reduction along with the Chilean sea bass. In terms of friendliness, professionalism and just making you feel welcome, the servers here go above and beyond. The restaurant is conveniently located, down the street from Rockefeller Center, just a few blocks from the Museum of Modern Art and very close to Times Square. Have dinner at City Lobster before you take in a Broadway show.

Location and Hours

121 west 49th street
New York NY  10020
(212) 354-1717
www.citylobster.com

Hours:

Mon-Thur  11 AM to 11 PM
Fri-Sat   11 AM to 12 AM
Sun       11 AM to 10 PM


The Sea Grill - NYC

The Sea Grill has been a major player on the Midtown Manhattan dining scene, for a number of years now. This sleek, modern restaurant only seems to get better with age. Located next door to the iconic Rockefeller Center skating rink, The Sea Grill has "Hollywood casual" written all over it. The  atmosphere is upscale without being overbearing or stuffy about it. The wall of windows that separates the rink from the restaurant offers instagram worthy views. George Clooney, who could be credited for inventing casual cool, would feel very comfortable dining here.

Make a day of it and include the NBC studio tour on your schedule. There's also plenty of shopping to be done at the stores downstairs in the Rockefeller Center promenade. Who knows, you might just run into The Today Shows, Matt Lauer or Dr. Oz, while you and the family are making your rounds around 30 Rock.

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The salmon sliders and grilled Spanish octopus with garbanzo beans and shishito peppers are delicious and beautifully presented. The amazing Portobello fries and the potato Parmesan gnocchi are also worthy of your attention. Interestingly enough, the entrιe portion of the menu is a bit more limited than the vast array of appetizers that are available. Among the large plate selections, the Maine monkfish and Atlantic wild striped bass are good bets to satisfy your appetite. The braised daikon and leeks add some satisfying depth and flavor to the wild bass. The simply whole and filleted section of the menu allows you to order an entire fish and have it prepared either grilled, a la plancha or steamed. Dare to be different and try the Long Island Skate fish. It's an under appreciated fish that doesn't appear on the menu of most seafood restaurants.

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By far, though, one of the Sea Grills most popular items is the magnificent chilled shellfish platter. This fisherman's bounty includes lobster, clams, Alaskan King crab, jumbo lump crab meat, oysters, shrimp and ceviche. They also have on hand a nice selection of sushi, featuring  their signature Sea Grill roll, (crunchy spicy tuna, avocado and spicy aioli).

Location and Hours

19 west 49th street
New York NY 10020
(212) 332-7610
www.patinagroup.com

Hours:

Mon-Fri  11:30 AM to 10 PM
Sat      4:30 PM to 10 PM
Sun        closed

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