Upper West Side Seafood
Hey there Upper West Side fish fans! While many great spots have unfortunately shut their doors over the years, we still have lots of options to satisfy our seafood hankerings. Below, I’ve rounded up some great Upper West Side seafood restaurants that are a must-try!
The Mermaid Inn
570 Amsterdam Ave
A pretty notable restaurant on the UWS, this seafood hot spot also has an oyster bar in Greenwich and a second location in the East Village. Serving brunch and dinner daily – as well as a great happy hour! Dollar oysters and fresh fish tacos are a happy hour MUST. The lobster roll, salmon, and gouda mac n cheese are also worth writing home about. The warm and friendly restaurant doesn’t get raving reviews for nothing. Their great service is in the details – cheese cloth wrapped around the lemons so your oysters don’t catch the seeds, and complimentary chocolate pudding after your meal… these are just a couple small touches they do right! This place does get busy, so if you don’t want to wait, be sure to make a reservation in advance!FishTag
222 W 79th St
Chef Michael Psilakis (owner/chef of Kefi) brought his Greek flare to this quaint seafood parlor-meets- wine bar. Brunch is what makes this place really shine. It has a steady flow of customers, but never overly full. The pre-fixe menu is a reasonable $20 that includes coffee/cocktail/entree. The trout hash is raved about by many, as is the smoked salmon (and lamb burger – non fish meal). For a dinner entree, the smoked octopus (or any kind of octopus) takes the cake. If you’re looking for a quieter spot on the UWS, FishTag is for you! http://michaelpsilakis.com/fishtagCrave Fishbar
428 Amsterdam Ave.
New to town! This place opened up in December 2015 and seems to be doing things right! Fresh homemade bread to start is always a win in my book. The seared rare tuna and octopus are popular dishes on the menu, but their happy hour oysters steal the limelight. Crave is unique in that it offers a daily rotation of 10-12 oyster varieties for $1 at happy hour. They also have both East coast and West coast oysters available. A true oyster snob’s dream! Note: happy hour is from 4-6p not 5-7p like most spots (and I believe their website states it incorrectly as well!). http://www.cravefishbar.comSushi Yasaka
251 W 72nd St
No seafood round-up is complete without sushi and sashimi. Fresh fish that people travel across Manhattan for (the reasonable prices are another reason!). The omakase ($45) and mini-omakase are a huge hit and is the most ordered plate. While this spot is very modest, the hidden gem has become quite popular and is ALWAYS busy. If you don’t want to wait, try and get a reservation! http://www.sushiyasaka.com
(If you’re looking for the seafood date night of your LIFE, you can add my restaurant bucket-list-crush, Masa. Such an exquisite display of fish, it will make you cry.)
This is only a handful of the great seafood restaurants the UWS has to offer. Be sure to let us know your local favorites on our Facebook page!
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Brooke is 20-something Southern transplant, an adrenaline junkie, lover of real food, and home design fanatic. She can't live without her husband, daughter, iphone 6+, iced coffee, or Amazon Prime. I'm a little late to the Instagram game, but that's now where you can find me wasting time (let's be social!).