Best Seafood Restaurants in NYC

Fresh catch
October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Get hooked at these top-rated seafood-centric eateries, the best in their NYC school.

Le Bernardin
Seafood · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.9 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.9

Prepare to dine on “a higher plane” at this “dazzling” Midtown “star” where Eric Ripert’s “world-class” tasting menus highlight “transcendent” French seafood, earning it No. 1 Food honors in NYC for the eighth year in a row; a “deep” wine list, “exemplary” staff and “soigné” surrounds further justify the “sky-high” tabs, so for a “dream-come-true” meal, this is “as good as it gets.”
Marea
Italian · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

“Excellence abounds” at Michael White’s Italian “star” on Central Park South, where the “adventurous” seafood and “heavenly” housemade pastas “never fail to wow” ; the “impeccable” service matches the “sleek” , “convivial” setting – as well as the “power broker” prices (lunchtime set menus are a comparative “steal” ).
Estiatorio Milos
Greek · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

A “class act” , this “glorious” Midtown Greek specializes in “fresh-as-it-gets” seafood served up in a “cavernous” white-on-white space that gets especially “energetic” at lunch; “by-the-ounce” pricing can add up ( “buying your own boat may be less expensive” ), but the prix fixe options are a relative “bargain.”
Aquagrill
American · SoHo · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

A “mainstay” for “consistently excellent” seafood, this SoHo “institution” offers “perfectly cooked” fish and “super-fresh” oysters, plus a “fabulous” brunch; if the “low-key” dining room is “showing its age” , service remains “seamless” and the seasonal patio is a “delight.”
The Sea Fire Grill
Seafood · East 40s · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

This East Midtown seafood “oasis” provides “exceptional” catch and “premium” steaks ( “the best of both worlds” ), backed by a “limitless” wine list and served in “sophisticated” confines complete with fireplace and “high-energy” bar; factor in “a big welcome” from the “stellar” team, and the upmarket prices are “worth every penny.”
Pearl Oyster Bar
Seafood · West Village · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.1

“Just get the lobster roll” say fans of this “nothing-fancy” West Village “landmark” and its “luscious” signature sandwich – though pretty much “everything’s delicious” on the classic New England seafood menu here; it doesn’t take rezzies, and the “cute” space can get “cramped” , so just “go early or expect to wait.”
Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar
Oyster Bar · Chelsea · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.1

A “welcome respite from the craziness of Chelsea Market” , this “lively” Lobster Place offshoot offers the same “amazingly fresh catches” (including “pristine” oysters) turned into “creative” , “well-crafted” dishes; the narrow space makes for “sardine” -like conditions, but the happy hour “can’t be beat.”