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NYC’s 5 Best Restaurants For Seafood & Drinks

April 20, 2012 1:00 PM

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Springtime temperatures have you longing for summer? NYC offers plenty of restaurants serving fresh seafood that will have you thinking of beach days in no time. Here are the top spots where you can taste the catch of the day while sipping a refreshing cocktail or glass of wine or beer. By Selena Ricks-Good.

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John Dory Oyster Bar

1196 Broadway
New York, NY
(212) 792-9000

More: NYC’s 8 Best Oyster Bars

Ace Hotel’s oyster bar also features a menu of small plates such as sea urchin crudo, char pate and oyster pan roast. Expect to console your wait for a table with cocktails by Sasha Petraske such as the Fall Back (rye whiskey, Amaro Nonino, applejack, sweet vermouth, Peychaud’s bitters and orange peel).

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Maison Premiere

298 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY
(347) 335-0446

If you haven’t yet caught onto Maison Premiere, one of Williamsburg’s best new openings of 2011, you’re really missing out. Absinthe and oysters are the focus at this New Orleans-themed cocktail bar, and from 4 to 7 p.m. daily, oysters and clams are just $1 each. The raw bar menu features king crab, lobster, caviar and more, which you can pair with cocktails like the Gentleman Caller (Tanqueray Gin, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, pear eau de vie, absinthe and orange bitters).

socarrat NYCs 5 Best Restaurants For Seafood & Drinks

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Socarrat Paella Bar

259 W. 19th St.
New York, NY
(212) 462-1000

A menu of paella, tapas and Spanish wine keep this Chelsea restaurant packed most nights. A communal table emphasizes the Spanish tradition of eating dishes that are meant to be shared. In addition to several variations of paella featuring seafood such as shrimp, cuttle fish, mussels and scallops, meat and vegetarian options are served as well. Monday through Thursday, enjoy a happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring discounted bar snacks like Mejillones Bravos ($5), Boquerones ($5), and Patatas Crispies ($3) along with $7 glasses of sangria and $5 beers.

eds lobster bar NYCs 5 Best Restaurants For Seafood & Drinks

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Ed's Lobster Bar

222 Lafayette St.
New York, NY
(212) 343-3236

When winter doldrums get you down, head to Ed’s Lobster Bar in Soho for a New England-style lobster roll and feel your stress melt away with each buttery bite. While the food is pricey, you can pair your lobster, crab and artichoke dip, oysters or other dish with a reasonably-priced craft beer on draft, such as Harpoon IPA or Smuttynose Porter.

littleneck NYCs 5 Best Restaurants For Seafood & Drinks

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Littleneck

288 3rd Ave.
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 522-1921

This new clamshack in Gowanus (no, the clams are not from the canal) has already attracted a devout following for its New England style clam roll, among other treats from the sea such as lobster rolls and steamer clams. Choose from a small selection of wines, with a focus on local varieties, or from five beers on tap including Ithaca Flower Power IPA, Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter and Greenport Harbor Ale.

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Selena Ricks-Good writes about drinks and produces events as The Dizzy Fizz.

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