New York - Which seafood restaurant

Jan 22nd, 2004, 08:16 AM
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New York - Which seafood restaurant

Have been checking out through the net various seafood restaurants in New York and two appeal to me - City Lobster and Pearls Oyster Bar. Has anyone been to either and which would you recommend.
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Jan 22nd, 2004, 08:21 AM
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Neither would be my first choice.

Have you looked at The Oyster Bar in Grand Central or Shelley's New York? I think both are superior.
Jan 22nd, 2004, 08:37 AM
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My favs are: Bernadin's The Ocean Club.
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Jan 22nd, 2004, 08:39 AM
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The Manhattan Ocean Club on W. 58th St. Superb fish, service and a Picasso on the wall.
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Jan 22nd, 2004, 08:43 AM
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Also...almost forgot...the Sea Grill at Rockefeller Center. A great meal comes wih a spectacular view of the Skating Rink.
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Jan 22nd, 2004, 10:38 AM
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You're asking about two very different places. Pearl Oyster bar is small, (although they have recently expanded - it is now small instead of tiny) the food is simple and impeccably fresh - a "re-creation" or interpretation of a Maine fish restaurant/clam shack. But they don't take reservations - so for the shortest wait, the best advice is to go 20 minutes before they open. Check their website,

Another excellent seafood place nearby is Mary's Fish Camp-64 Charles @ W.4th St. (started by a former partner in Pearl) - but once again, small simple and fresh are the key words. The Lobster Rolls in both places are luxurious.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is City Lobster - big, bustling and factory like . . .not appealing to me, but popular with the younger, after work crowd.

Go Travels' suggestion - The Oyster Bar in Grand Central is right now involved in a nasty union dispute, if that means anything to you. Also, it has it's ups and downs - although sitting at the counter and ordering the she-crab soup and a simple broiled fish is still one of NYC's great pleasures.

People criticize Le Bernadin - too stuffy, too expensive too French - but a friend (a former food writer) had a meal there last week which she termed one of the best she had ever had . . . but bring your wallet!
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Jan 22nd, 2004, 11:46 AM
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if you absolutely need the best seafood resto please go to le bernadin.
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Jan 22nd, 2004, 11:46 AM
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Just returned a couple weeks ago from a trip to NYC and had one of the best meals ever at Sea Grill---Great view of the rink and when we were there the tree was still up and in full view from our table.
They also have a good, well thought out wine list but keep in mind that neither food nor wine are cheap there. For us though, it was well worth every penny spent and gave us a memorable experience from our trip.
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Jan 22nd, 2004, 12:33 PM
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This past fall had two remarkable meals at Sea Grill (but one was a special Simi wine dinner). I don't know why, but while I enjoy the atmosphere at GC Oyster Bar, I always go away thinking it was overpriced for what it is.
But each trip I plan to do a meal at Le Bernadin -- it is simply perfection in every way! I've decided I like doing lunch there as much as dinner, and of course, a bit cheaper as well.
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Jan 22nd, 2004, 08:35 PM
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I realize it's not one of your two requested choices, but I also recommend Le Bernardin.
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 02:54 PM
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I forgot about the Sea Grill! I do love to eat there in the winter and watch the skaters.

Sorry Sofie, you've asked about two specific restaurants and only one person answered your question. I guess we want you to eat where we want you to eat!
Jan 23rd, 2004, 03:29 PM
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Sea Grill and Foley's Fish House....great food, great views.
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