From Mother’s Day to Memorial Day, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy a seafood dish or two in May. We’ve compiled a list of the top ten New York City establishments that can satisfy this craving, trusted time and again by Manhattanites and visitors alike. Check out the list below, and see if you can’t hit all ten by the end of the summer!
240 Central Park South
Translated into Italian, Marea means “tide,” – and here in the heart of New York City, it’s bringing the Italian coastline straight to your stomachs. Chef Michael White has created the menu to “read like a map of the sea,” with extensive offerings including crudo and oysters; plus a selection of 750 wines.
2. Ed’s Lobster Bar
222 Lafayette Street
Chef Ed McFarland brings the beach to the city at Ed’s Lobster Bar in a simple shack setting. He serves lobster each and every way your palate could possibly desire: steamed, grilled, broiled, chilled, inside a pot pie, and, of course, on a roll. Committed to his renowned menu, Ed has testified that he tastes the lobster each day to ensure it lives up to reputation.
3. Le Bernardin
155 West 51st Street
This elite French seafood restaurant is proud to be the only restaurant to maintain a four-star New York Times rating throughout five consecutive reviews. Le Bernardin is committed to upscale service and a menu to match. While the menus reflect the ambiance with a $205 tasting menu and $140 four-course prix fixe, the lounge area includes lighter snacks for a more affordable price.
4. Grand Central Oyster Bar
89 E 42nd Street
Since 1913, Grand Central Oyster Bar has been serving fresh seafood to Manhattanites, famous for its oyster stew and freshly-shucked Baja and Plymouth Rock oysters. Located inside Grand Central Station, it’s the perfect destination to either begin or complete your New York City experience.
5. Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.
114 Nassau Avenue
Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. is committed to serving local and seasonal seafood with sustainability as its guiding mantra. Choosing to source from only the most responsible and careful fisherman, the restaurant offers a menu that is at once tasty, healthy, and cognizant of a viable future for the world’s seafood. Plus, be sure to check out the restaurant’s hands-on classes, like Oyster Tasting and Shucking!
6. Nobu Fifty Seven
40 West 57th Street
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa partnered with Drew Nieporent, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper to create the now-famous new style Japanese restaurant. Serving fan favorites like Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño and Black Cod Miso, Nobu ranks among New York’s finest.
7. Blue Water Grill
31 Union Square West
Blue Water Grill has now been renovated to accommodate 225 patrons desiring a world-class seafood experience. Committed to sustainability, the establishment works closely with local purveyors and offers an atmosphere that is at once historic and contemporary.
47 East 12th Street
Another traditional Japanese sushi bar, Shuko incorporates the finest fish selections and seasonal ingredients from local and international sources. The popular establishment is strict with reservations, so be sure to schedule in advance!
9. Russ & Daughters
179 East Houston
Russ & Daughters is every lox-lover’s dream, serving various salmon varieties including Norwegian Smoked, Kippered, Pastrami Cured, and Western Wild Nova. The open kitchen-style restaurant boasts a friendly staff and an old-school soda fountain bar – the perfect opportunity to enjoy a light lunch, brunch, cocktails, dinner, and more!
10. Pearl Oyster Bar
18 Cornelia Street
Pearl Oyster Bar redefined Maine’s lobster roll and brought it to the heart of New York City. Chef Rebecca Charles elevated the cuisine previously considered “beach food” into an upscale staple. Don’t miss out on Pearl’s delicious plates of shrimp, filet, sea scallops, bouillabaisse, and more!