10 Best Seafood Spots In NYC
There are over 20,000 restaurants in the Big Apple, but if you're craving a taste of the ocean, think about checking out one of the 10 best seafood spots in NYC. In a city that's known for having one of the most vibrant food scenes in the world, there are a myriad of seafood spots you could try, so this list should help you narrow down the choices. From sushi to scampi, each of these restaurants has carved out a reputation as one of Manhattan's premiere seafood destinations.
- Le Bernardin. Established in 1986, Le Bernardin is a NYC seafood landmark that will put a hefty dent in your wallet. If you've got the bankroll to spare, then go for the seven course tasting menu with wine pairings. Le Bernardin: 155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019.
- Grand Central Oyster Bar. Where else but in Manhattan can you get a feast worthy of Neptune in a train station? The Oyster Bar has operated almost continuously since 1913, the year Grand Central Terminal opened. Grand Central Oyster Bar: 89 E. 42nd St., New York, NY 10017.
- Marea. If you have deep pockets and want a seafood spot with a twist of Italian, try Marea in midtown. The food is as opulent as the decor, and this place is a good bet for impressing pretty much everyone. Marea: 240 Central Park S., New York, NY 10019.
- Blue Ribbon Brasserie. For a more vibrant experience in the heart of NYC, Blue Ribbon is one of the most popular seafood spots in town. The atmosphere is a little rowdy and the food hits the spot. If you're on a date, you may want to try someplace else, as the restaurant only accepts reservations for parties of 5 or more. Blue Ribbon Brasserie: 97 Sullivan St., New York, NY 10012.
- Nobu. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa now has locations all over the world, but the NYC outpost of his namesake restaurant still ranks high on the list of seafood destinations. If you're in a trusting mood, go for the omakase menu, and don't miss the miso-marinated black cod. Nobu: 105 Hudson St., New York, NY 10013.
- Caviar Russe. Don't let the name of this place fool you. There's plenty of caviar here, but there's also a wide variety of other kinds of seafood in this Russian-themed cafe. Caviar Russe: 538 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022.
- Pearl Oyster Bar. Counter dining is the central theme of this New England style restaurant. Go for the lobster roll, the house specialty, or a dozen of the many oysters. Pearl Oyster Bar: 18 Cornelia St., New York, NY 10014.
- Aquagrill. If you're feeling adventurous, head to Soho to check out Chef Jeremy Marshall's falafel crusted salmon. The wine list is great and the vibe is downtown. Aquagrill: 210 Spring St., New York, NY 10012.
- BLT Fish. It's the fish cousin of BLT Steak, and it's just as good. The best part about this seafood place is that it is two restaurants in one. There is a fine-dining room and a more casual bistro to suit whatever mood you happen to be in. BLT Fish: 21 W. 17th St., New York, NY 10011
- 402 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10036.