A fancy night out for filet mignon and lobster is a once in a while splurge, but Surf and Turf doesn’t have to be saved for special occasion. These New York City restaurants offer a spin on this traditional land-meets-sea plate to enjoy any time of the year. By Sarah Shaker.
Ed's Chowder House
A traditional surf and turf is available all year round at Ed’s Chowder House with their Grilled Skirt Steak and Jumbo Shrimp with parsley, green peppercorns and charred shallots. During Stone Crab Season this year, the South met the sea at Ed’s with their popular Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Stone Crab Claws – perfect if you’re dining with a friend or date who’s not too keen on seafood. If you can’t decide on one of their epic chowders to order, go with the $15 sampler to start your meal, featuring Wild Mushroom, New England Style Clam and Manhattan Style Blue Crab chowders for a tasting of each.
Chef Michael White’s elegant seafood restaurant offers Fusilli, one of his popular house-made pastas, with red wine braised octopus and bone marrow for an indulgent meal of both land and sea. Marea’s fresh menu covers crudo, a variety of oysters and antipasti to start and fish dishes, whole fish preparations and a selection of meat to satisfy any hungry guest.
BLT Bar & Grill
Enjoy after work drinks or an upscale dinner in an unpretentious atmosphere at BLT Bar & Grill in the W New York Downtown. For a surf and turf dish, order the Sea Scallops served with Oxtail Ravioli, Braised Red Cabbage and Hazelnut Brown Butter. When you’re in Gramercy, visit their sister restaurant, BLT Prime to indulge in Bacon-Wrapped Prawns with a garlic cream sauce.
This East Village Thai restaurant offers more than just great Chicken Pad Thai. The Grilled Surf and Turf Platter for Two features grilled calamari, tiger shrimp, NY strip steak, bacon-wrapped pork, sriracha mayo, cucumber and peanut “ajard” and Thai spicy lime dip. This healthy protein platter keeps everyone at your table happy for a sharable start. And treat the wing lover in your crew to something special with “Peek Gai Tod” Brother Chai’s Chicken Wings. These all-natural chicken wings are marinated in Ngam’s house marinade, tamarind chili sauce and sliced freshly picked apple.
Triomphe, the intimate French American restaurant in The Iroquois Hotel, serves a decadent surf and turf of Grilled Chateaubriand and Lobster Dumplings with creamed cauliflower, braised baby red carrots and lobster bordelaise. If you really want to treat yourself or impress your date, order the Chef’s Six Course Tasting Menu for $95 and $145 with wine pairings.
Fishtail by David Burke
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Welcome the weekend with Surf and Turf Tacos, available every Saturday as a special, at David Burke Fishtail. Grilled Shrimp and Braised Beef Tongue tacos with crispy rice and beans are served with a glass of Kings Ridge Pinot Noir for a red meat and seafood dish to enjoy on a leisurely Saturday. And you can continue your weekend fun every Sunday with their famed three-course Lobster Louie menu for $39 per guest.
This West Village restaurant offers a healthy greenmarket take on Chinese cuisine. Sautéed Lobster, Egg and Chopped Pork is an awesome surf and turf dinner plate at RedFarm. With a great dim sum selection for both dinner and brunch, you’ll be coming back for more again and again.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.