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Dayboat

41-16 Queens Blvd., Queens, NY 11104 40.743 -73.922
nr. 42nd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-255-6746 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Latin American, Seafood, South American, Spanish/Tapas
  • Price Range: $$$

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Official Website

dayboatnyc.com

Hours

Tue-Sat, 5pm-10:30pm; Sun, 4-10pm; Mon, Closed

Nearby Subway Stops

7 at 40th St.-Lowery St.

Prices

$16-$26 (You’ll need two of the $16 dishes per person.)

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

If you don’t know what “dayboat” means, don’t fret. The menu at this ceviche-focused Peruvian seafood joint helpfully defines it as fish “caught and brought to shore on the same day.” Such freshness is apparent in the raw cuts offered in both the ceviche and the less-common tiradito, where sashimi slices of raw fish are sauced immediately before serving. The aji tuna tiradito, which comes smothered in a honey-based dressing with sesame seeds swimming in it, is sweet and sour in a way that echoes tequila. The ceviche clasico, with fluke and leche de tigre (a citrusy marinade sure to clear your sinuses), is the closest you’ll get to southern seas–the fluke is delicate and pleasantly sweet, and the leche lends a tropical tang. The beef heart, tender and served with thoughtful dollops of chimichurri, is an unexpected highlight. Expensive entrées, including a paella that lacks punch, feel like afterthoughts — stick with the small plates and experiment. Appropriately, dishes are delivered tapas style, which gives one time to wonder why the restaurant’s interior, with unremarkable framed photos of Sunnyside hung on plain beige walls, looks a bit like the dining room of a Best Western. Still, if you close your eyes and chew, you’ll thankfully be transported out of the hotel and onto the beach.

Recommended Dishes

Ceviche clasico, $17; Aji tuna tiradito, $16; Beef heart, $12

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