Upvoted by Lara Chang and 4 others
210 Spring St, New York, NY
lacey-burke

Ruinart Brand Ambassador

Lacey Burke

Ruinart Brand Ambassador

Answer found helpful by Sheila Mayo and 13 others

I've heard it called the "poor man's Le Bernardin" but it's not exactly cheap.... However, if you're willing to part with some green for ultra fresh, diverse and elegant seafood dishes, this is your spot. Concise but thoughtful wine list, ever changing specials, and a really lovely vibe. In the warmer months, sitting outside is perfection. Outstanding value!

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kevin-clarkson

Art Director, wine lover, passionate about all things culinary

Kevin Clarkson

I used to live right on sullivan street and this was my favorite restaurant in the neighborhood. Not exactly cheap as you point out but well worth the price!

Reply over 1 year ago

georgia-winter

Culinary Instructor, Writer

Georgia Winter

I love that line....the poor man's le bernardin :)

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Natalie J and 3 others
alec-steidl

Beverage Director, Strip House 12th Street

Alec Steidl

Beverage Director, Strip House 12th Street

Answer found helpful by Sayat Özyılmaz and 5 others

Fresh fish. Simple preparations. You just can't beat olive oil and nothing else when eating seafood.

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sayat-ozyilmaz

Sayat Özyılmaz

San Francisco

https://www.instagram.com/lauraandsayat/

Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat

Sayat Özyılmaz

Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat

How about lemon juice? :) I love Taverna Kyclades. You beat me to this post.

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Upvoted by Ryan Byrd and 2 others
390 Broome St, New York, NY
shaun-mehtani

New Jersey Restaurant Association 2013 Restaurateur of the Year, New York native, New York University, Dartmouth College,

Shaun Mehtani

New Jersey Restaurant Association 2013 Restaurateur of the Year, New York native, New York University, Dartmouth College,

Answer found helpful by Skyler Zeiger

Can't beat the price/quality

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Upvoted by Ibi Owairu and 1 other
3710 33rd St, Long Island City, NY
tina-bourbeau

Executive Chef, Sr. Director of Product Development at Fresh Direct

Tina Bourbeau

Executive Chef, Sr. Director of Product Development at Fresh Direct

Answer found helpful by Rebecca Xiao and 15 others

I shouldn't say anything about Astoria Seafood because it is already a madhouse. I had driven by it a zillion times and not once did I give it a second look. It's actually kinda a dump, but in the best way possible. It will never attract the fancy pants, scene-seeking, okay-with-mediocre-food/service-give-me-another-pink-cocktail set. Never. So in other words, it's pretty perfect. Service is gruff, the set up is inherently chaotic and you actually have to pick up and hand over the animal you are going to eat. Astoria Seafood is a market that doubles as a restaurant. Customers are doing both things: shopping and eating. But mostly eating.
My friend and I shared a lovely and fresh and feta-cheesy, lemony Greek salad, a handful of smelts, one dorade (orata), roasted potatoes and artichokes and some badass garlic bread. I picked the fishes, asked for how I wanted them cooked (fried smelt, grilled dorade), handed them over, had them weighed, paid and sat. We grabbed a large bottle of Pellegrino. All in, about $35!!!!
Once sitting, a waitress who yells doesn't speak brought a stack of paper napkins and plates, plastic forks and knives, some cups. We asked for additional sliced lemons, hot sauce and napkins. You need lots of napkins.
The salad and bread came. Then the smelts, then the dorade and vegetables. They actually coursed it out for us! Haha. If only I could find cooks that could execute on fish so perfectly! The smelts were golden-crunchy and not obliterated. The dorade skin was charred with the flesh just coming off the bone- ever so slightly still gelatinous- flawless! The vegetables were (not inappropriately) olive oily, salty and herby; with all excess juices going over the top of the fish.
I think you can also have them cook your seafood to go but that doesn't make sense to me. I want to eat these things the second they come off or out of the heat. The seafood selection is comprehensive- nothing fancy. Like personally, I wouldn't waste my time with the shrimp- it's regular old previously frozen block. I haven't been enough times to elaborate more on the selection, but safe to say that the value is in getting any variety of whole fish beautifully prepared- whereas in ANY Manhattan joint (including Chinatown), this meal would have cost $100+ easy. Like many restaurants in the vicinity, this is a true gem. You wouldn't know it though by looking- you gotta take the leap and go in.

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Morgan Theriault

This sounds like my kind of place! I love the no frills spots that are all about delicious food. I just moved to this area so this will definitely be on my list!

Reply about 1 year ago

dana-silverstein

Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!

Dana Silverstein

Digging your recommendations Tina....I need more spots out in Queens! Thank you!

Reply about 1 year ago

Rebecca Xiao

I just moved out here so looking for ideas, this sounds great!

Reply about 1 year ago

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