The 10 Absolute Top Seafood Restaurants in NYC

Best Of New York. Aug 8th 22

New York's proximity to rivers and the Atlantic Ocean have always made the five boroughs a hotspot for fresh seafood eateries.

Whether you're looking for sea urchin or spice-rubbed tuna steak, a fabulous smoked fish plate, or beer steamed mussels; these are the best seafood restaurants NYC offers.

1. Leland Eating and Drinking House, Prospect Heights

Leland Eating and Drinking House, while not exclusively a seafood restaurant, does offer some of the most delicate fresh-caught fish in the city and is an excellent venue for indoor and outdoor dining.

Popular dishes with locals and tourists include the smoked steelhead trout rillette and the charred lemon skillet mussels, both reasonably priced.

2. Grand Central Oyster Bar, Grand Central Terminal

The oldest restaurant in Grand Central and a well-known landmark on the terminal's lower level serves 25 varieties of fish and 30 types of fresh oysters.

The world-famous pan roast of some of the freshest seafood in NYC brings visitors from far and wide. In contrast, the seafood platter provides diners with the best the restaurant offers. The bar also has a fantastic wine list to complement the succulent food.

3. Mary's Fish Camp, West Village

Clam Chowder

This delightful corner plot overlooks Charles Street, a stone's throw from the banks of the Hudson River. It has become a West Village seafood staple.

This restaurant is known for its famous Maine lobster rolls, and pan-seared sea scallops served with soba noodles, while the New England clam chowder always hits the spot. A perfect location for dining indoors or out and take-out. 

4. Pearl Oyster Bar, West Village

This restaurant's flag-bearing dish is a precursor to the New York fish-shack, the sweet citrusy mayonnaise-laced lobster roll. In addition to the simple yet delightful bite-size dishes, such as the fried oyster roll, the quality of their more sophisticated dishes is equally impressive. Their spectacular shellfish bouillabaisse has to be tasted to be believed and won't break the bank.

5. Ed's Lobster Bar, Lower Manhattan

Whole Lobster

Located in the heart of NYC's Lower Manhattan, Ed's provides some of the best lobster dishes in the five boroughs, including a fantastic lobster burger. Use their raw bar to sample the New England Platter, which includes a half dozen oysters, clams and jumbo shrimp cocktails. 

Meanwhile, their whole and half steamed lobster is as fresh as you'll find, and their lobster ramen combines the best lobster meat, a poached egg, scallion, corn and noodles to make the perfect lunch. At dinner time, their handmade lobster ravioli combines pasta, truffle salt and lobster. At the same time, Ed's signature fried calamari is smothered in their special spicy marinara sauce.

6. Fish Cheeks, Manhattan

This delicious Thai-influenced eatery is a family-run seafood restaurant serving stunning dishes in its cafeteria-style dining room.

The authentic Thai dishes served by this restaurant include crab-fried rice, which is the perfect side for their rich coconut crab curry. In addition, the tiger prawn Karee and sour orange curry topped with fried fish are a must-try.

This is a fish house that deserves its place at the top of the list of top fish restaurants in NYC.

7. Flex Mussels, East Side

Prince Edward Island Mussels

If you're searching for succulent mussels during your time in New York, Flex Mussels is the place to go. These Prince Edward Island import mussels are served in more ways than you could imagine. 

Its large interior seaside mural completes the nautical feel of this stunning eatery. An extensive beer and wine list are the perfect accompaniment to this not-to-be-missed seafood experience.

8. Mercado Little Spain, Hudson Yards

The Mercado Little Spain food hall in Hudson Yards offers a taste of Spain at their all-day diner or for pick-up and delivery. Although not only serving seafood, this charming eatery excels in their fried hake, ink-stewed squid and fried salted Spanish cod. They all hold their own against speciality fish restaurants.

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9. Sea Fire Grill, East Midtown

This New York seafood grill is one of the finest restaurants in the city. The range of dishes is exquisite, with three menus, including a fixed-price lunch menu.

The dinner menu includes a raw bar which serves several salivating raw seafood dishes, caviar, whole Maine lobster and much more. This makes this seminal New York restaurant a must-visit for seafood lovers.

10. Milos, Diamond District

Located within walking distance of Carnegie Hall and Central Park, this Greek-influenced seafood eatery transports you away to a distant Mediterranean island. Upon entry, you'll pass the fish market with a vast array of iced fish and regular frozen sea bounty imported from Greece.

However, it is the cooked food that hits the target. Although it can get expensive, the fantastic Mediterranean delights make it worthwhile. 

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