Mon-Sat, 11:30am-3:30pm and 5pm-10pm; Sun, 11:30am-4:30pm
A, C, E at 14th St.; L at Eighth Ave.
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The Lobster Place team is behind this adjoining restaurant in Chelsea Market, and, as expected, seafood is the specialty. The 48-seat restaurant is styled like an upscale fish shack, and many chairs here have a view of the beautiful oyster bar (since there are no windows, you'll appreciate it). The menu's more inventive than your average seafood restaurant: Starters include octopus carpaccio, which is sliced super thin and paired with arugula and grapefruit, and a trio of deviled eggs that come stuffed with lobster and caviar, crab and chervil, and vodka-dill salmon and trout roe (definitely order this). All of the fish is super fresh, but you should skip the standard salmon and take advantage of the opportunity to eat hamachi collar, which isn't offered often in New York restaurants. The hamachi serving is so big and hearty that it resembles a steak, and even though it's glazed in miso, the sauce isn't so sweet that it's cloying. Lobster rolls are served two ways here—warm Connecticut-style with butter and cold Maine-style with mayo—and they come on a top-split bun. This isn't a big, sloppy lobster roll like you'd find at Pearl or Mary’s Fish Camp; it's small (but good) like at Luke’s and Red Hook, though the $24 price tag is a bit hard to stomach. Vegetarians will struggle here: Clam toast comes with ham from Chelsea Market's Dickson’s Farmstand, and baked oysters are topped with crispy speck. Note that there's no dessert menu, but you do receive a complimentary scoop of Creamsicle gelato at the end of the meal, which is an exclusive flavor made by L’arte Del Gelato. It's a refreshing, sweet end to a stellar meal of some of the freshest seafood in the city.Extra Hours
The restaurant only serves selections from the raw bar and drinks from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday.