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Mary's Fish Camp

64 Charles St., New York, NY, 10014
at 4th St.
646-486-2185

Avg. Rating

6
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 6
"Mixed Reviews"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

56% would go back.

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the best fried rouget in town

By emily1 on 7/1/2004

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I was pleasantly surprised upon stubmling across Mary's Fish Camp on a sunny afternoon. Fried Rouget was the special of the day, served whole with a fennel herb salad that was amazing. The trout sandwich, moderately priced, was so fresh it tasted like the fish was just caught. To top it off, try the banana pudding if available, I am still dreaming about it and left very happy.

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326 out of 672 people found this review helpful.

There's Something About Mary's

By NYCSoxFan44 on 11/25/2003

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

This review should be prefaced by saying that we have only enjoyed Mary's for lunch, and thus have avoided the long lines that are often a gripe... Mary's serves some of the best seafood in Manhattan. We love, of course, the lobster roll, which, while pricy rivals those found in the more expected lobster meccas of Newport, Boston, and Maine. Also fantastic - a must have - are the conch fritters. We loved them so much we asked the chef for the recipe and he kindly obliged. The crab cakes are excellent too - better than most down in Maryland. The atmosphere is casual and very retro - sit at the bar and watch the cooks in action, it makes the meal taste even better. We have always enjoyed the service as well, very friendly, helpful, and down to earth. Overall a great place that doesn't deserve some of the lower reviews here - we think perhaps that thier origins are a little fishy.... Highly recommended.

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316 out of 655 people found this review helpful.

Inconsistent!

By maryboyer on 7/23/2003

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

Why did they have to change the quality of the lobster roll? It's not as good as it used to be. They added more mayo and something else that it became watery and orangy. I'm disappointed.

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327 out of 671 people found this review helpful.

great eating no talking

By foodnik on 7/21/2003

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 4
  • Yes, I would go back!

the shore has come to charles street.Perfect steamers,great lobster roll.the noise level is high enough that you cant converse.Its like being in front of thye t.v. you eat and look.

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269 out of 593 people found this review helpful.

Not a keeper.....

By NYC14 on 5/8/2003

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

Living in the hood - Mary's is just like camp! Gave it a few more tries - lines were shorter - and disappointed each time. Maybe it would do better in Florida!

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268 out of 603 people found this review helpful.

Don't drop your line here!

By CityGirl3 on 4/17/2003

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

Not that it's bad or anything, but it doesn't reach the standards of others. Of course the comparisons to Pearl Oyster Bar aren't fair because that is the standard bearer but even Fish on Bleeker is better than this. Titilating feuds aside, the fried oysters and clams should have been clam singular because we got one. The cockles were just gross and the fried fish was incinerated. And everybody looks so angry here. Why? Don't get how the usually smart Adam Platt (or his wife) could have liked this!

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298 out of 654 people found this review helpful.

Mediocre at best

By newyorker on 4/9/2003

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I was so excited to try this place, but in truth, 'twas dissapointing. The atmosphere is really cute but the food was so average and bordered on gross. The lobster roll was like eating a bowl of Hellman's mayonnaise and the other things we ordered were either just ok or actually overcooked, like the octopus. Given the price tag, you'd do better elsewhere.

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334 out of 647 people found this review helpful.

Quaint yet city-fied fish joint

By lala_c on 3/31/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

This petite place gets to be a long wait unless you time it right. I've only come here as a party of 2, so can't imagine the wait for 4-6. Don't bother if you're an 8 top. Back to the food, fried clams and oysters on the app. menu are crisp and fresh. A perfect prelude to the bouillabaise or lobster roll. The lobster is moist and delicious with a discreet amt of mayo. The staff is always nice enough to let me switch the standard fries to a green salad. Homemade peanut brittle comes with the fudge sundae. If there's pie, have it a la mode.

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286 out of 547 people found this review helpful.

Thank Heavens for Mary

By Justice_Jena on 3/18/2003

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

My parents are from New Orleans, which means that "dinner" and "shellfish" are interchangeable in my mind. Fortunately Mary seems to be of the same mindset. The Lobster Rolls are famous for good reason, although I tend to head straight for the steamers. But you can't go wrong here. If it comes from the ocean, Mary can cook it. Just be prepared for the twenty minutes of drooling while you wait for a table--Mary's doesn't take reservations.

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243 out of 527 people found this review helpful.

Love those lobster rolls

By Voldar on 3/2/2003

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Best Lobster roll in the city.. rivals those in Maine. People are friendly. Always crowded, but somehow you don't care. Highly rated and still chugging along. Don't do just the lobster rolls everything else is good to... Absolutely woth the wait...

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