Seafood lovers rejoice! We’ve found the best places serving up seafood-inspired menus during Winter Restaurant Week. So grab your forks and start eating. By Carly Petrone.
Stop into Atlantic Grill on the Upper East Side or at Lincoln Center for fresh seafood options like Pan-Roasted Faore Island Salmon (entrée) and Shrimp Maki (appetizer). Both are available as part of their special lunch and dinner menus. Other tasty lunch entrées include Miso-Marinated Skirt Steak Salad or Aglc Ricotta Gnocchi with your choice of Triple Chocolate Torte or Coconut Rice Pudding for dessert. Those looking to fill up on meat can enjoy the Red Wine Braised Beef Short Rib for dinner along with Market Soup or Warm Brussels Caesar Salad to start. Selected bottles of wine are just $25 at lunch and $38 at dinner. So bring a friend or two and enjoy!
Dine right next to Grand Central Station and have a delicious Greek meal just steps away from one of the most iconic buildings in the city. Make a reservation at Ammos Estiatorio and enjoy a variety of seafood dishes during your three course meal. Starters include Ksifias Souvlaki (two grilled skewered medallions of swordfish), Kalamari (tender squid grilled with lemon oil sauce), and Octapodi (grilled Mediterranean octopus, fennel, spring onion, vinaigrette). Move onto the Solomos (pan seared Scottish salmon with wild mushrooms and roasted vegetables) or Psari Imeras (fresh catch fish fillet) before diving into dessert. Options include Karidopita (walnut cake, cinnamon honey syrup, fig ice cream), Yiaourti krema (chilled Greek yogurt flan, candied sour cherries), or Pagoto (gelato of the day). You may just want to book a trip to the Isles after eating here!
If you’re near Times Square, take a lunch or dinner break at the newly renovated Blue Fin, located inside the W Hotel. Dig into Chatham Cod or Faroe Island Salmon as your main course and start your meal out with Sweet Shrimp Maki with avocado, Thai basil, and tobiko. Don’t skip dessert because they’re offering sweet creations like Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, Warm Chocolate Pecan Bread Pudding, or a Trio of Homemade Sorbets (cranberry port, grapefruit, and fig). Pair your lunch or dinner with a $25/$38 bottle of wine (lunch/dinner pricing respectively) and take in the beautiful space. Oh, and the adorable warm bread loaf with olive oil and sea salt butter to start will definitely put a smile on your face.
Head over to Hell’s Kitchen and enjoy a menu dedicated entirely to delicious seafood. Antipasti options include Calamari, Sardines, Zuppa Di Pesce Amalfitana (with tomato and chili bruschetta), as well as Crudo Del Mercato (a selection of today’s raw seafood). Fill up on Penne with preserved tuna, wild mussels, and puttanesca sauce, Lampuga Alla Siciliana (grilled Sicilian style mahi mahi), or Cappone Di Mare (crispy sea robin with capers, lemon, and rosemary) before moving onto dessert. Satisfy your sweet tooth with your choice of chocolate Mousse with Valley View Farm blackberries and meringue or Melone e Yogurt with pinenuts, raisins, and mint granite. They’ve even got your drinks covered, with wine pairings during the first two courses and a refreshing moscato to end your meal.
Blue Water Grille is offering unlimited wine pairings for $20 along with their restaurant week dinner menu. Start out your meal with your choice of New England Style Clam Chowder, Organic Skuna Bay Salmon Tartare, Scallop Ravioli, or Iceberg Lettuce Salad. Chatham Cod with potato chip crust, spinach, and mustard sauce and Skuna Bay Salmon with yellow-green squash, grilled eggplant, and salmon roe are the two seafood entrée options while vegetarians can nosh on Mushroom Barley Risotto with rosemary and parmesan. Meat eaters can slice into a Grilled Skirt Steak with kale, parsley, green peppercorn chimichurri, and seasoned fries. Their dessert menu isn’t too shabby either – assorted cookies, chocolate ganache tart with coffee ice cream, lemon meringue, and ice cream & sorbet.