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Marco Canora Transforms Fifty Paces into Zadie’s Oyster Room

Neighborhood: , , | Featured in Restaurant, Restaurant Spotting

Ever since opening his bone broth window, Brodo, and releasing his books, it’s become evident that Marco Canora is intent on rejuvenating himself. He’s elected to give his Fifty Paces the heave-ho as well, transforming the East 12th Street space once again, into a turn-of-the-century oyster room…

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New York’s Best End-of-Summer Beach Eats

Neighborhood: | Featured in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of, Seasonal Eats, Summer

With summer slipping away at an alarming pace, you’re going to want to spend as much of it as possible at the beach. And thankfully, there’s no real reason to step away from the sand and surf even for a minute, as the city’s shorelines are simply packed with amazing eats, from the Smorgasburg vendors at Coney Island, to a revolving stable of Latin American restaurants in the Rockaways.

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A Crustacean Crawl Through City Island

Neighborhood: | Featured in City Guides, Destination Dining

City Island is one of the best-kept not quite secrets among New Yorkers — a quaint fishing village improbably situated on the far-flung banks of the Bronx. And for landlocked urban dwellers, it’s an ideal weekend day trip to savor what’s left of summer…

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Dish Spotting: New York’s Best Soft Shell Crab Dishes

Neighborhood: | Featured in Best Of, Dish Spotting, Spring Eats

Ramps are so last week — we’ve moved onto our other favorite, fleeting, super-seasonal ingredient, soft shell crabs. Referring to blue crabs that have been removed from the water as soon as they molt (this preventing any further hardening of their shell), the entire crustacean can be eaten; save for its mouth, gills, and abdomen…

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BKB Brings East Hampton to the Upper East Side

Neighborhood: , | Featured in First Bite, Restaurant, Restaurant Spotting

Don’t have a house in the Hampton’s to escape to this summer? A meal at Bay Kitchen Bar — the new, Upper East Side outpost of the popular East Hampton sea-to-table spot — might just be the next best thing…

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A Seafood-Lovers Brunch at Barchetta

Neighborhood: | Featured in First Bite, Restaurant

Given our self-proclaimed obsession with shellfish, brunch often feels like a missed opportunity. After all, there are generally precious few seafood dishes available during the breakfast-meets-lunch meal, save for smoked salmon. But if anyone understands our penchant for under-the-sea eats, it’s Dave Pasternack, whose claim to fame was opening one of New York’s top seafood destinations, Esca, along with Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich back in 2000. That’s why it was especially exciting for us fish-o-philes when Pasternack finally launched Barchetta with a weekend seafood feast…

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Where to Celebrate National Oyster Day

Neighborhood: | Featured in Best Of

If you’re a sucker for food holidays, you might be interested to know that tomorrow (Tuesday) is National Oyster Day! But we don’t need a whole lot of incentive to get down with a dozen or so of the succulent, briny mollusks, and it looks like the rest of the world doesn’t either — nearly two million pounds are consumed every year. And while New York may not be the bustling fishing village it once was, you can still find them in spades at many of our great restaurants and bars. So here’s where to get your slurp on during National Oyster Day — and beyond — from the dazzling under-the-sea sanctuary, Oceana, in Midtown, to the sizzlingly sexy dollar oyster mecca, Maison Premiere, in Williamsburg…

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Barchetta – Reviewed

Neighborhood: | Featured in First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant, Reviews

These days a chef isn’t just, well, a chef. Some are TV chefs who have a token restaurant or don’t have a restaurant at all. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Ina Garten is a killer cook and she doesn’t own an eatery.) Some have lines of cookware and shelves of their own cookbooks. Others are pure kitchen guys who rarely make an appearance in the dining room, while some manage to be businessmen who build dining empires. But it’s really hard to pin down Dave Pasternack…

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Clamato

Neighborhood: | Featured in City Guides, Restaurant

Heard of the impossible reservation that is Septime?  Well, owners chef Bertrand Grébaut and Théo Pourriat’s recently opened a no-reservations spot (yes, there is hope!) right next door.   Clamato is a casual “seafood bistro,” a fish shack of sorts with a French bent, and one of Paris’s best kept secrets. I say secret not because Clamato flies completely under the radar or anything, it’s just not on anyone’s must-try list and it should be.  I actually had a reservation at Taillevant for dinner, but after forty straight days of mostly eating tasting menus at serious restaurants, I wanted something light and not-so-serious.  So I wandered over to Clamato and was lucky enough to grab the last open bar stool.   Talk about a great vibe: The place is buzzing with chatter, a breeze blowing through the room by way of bay windows...

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Rech

Neighborhood: , | Featured in City Guides, Restaurant

Talk about an underrated restaurant: Not once did anyone mention Rech when recommending restaurants to visit in Paris.  That’s a mistake. I make to sure hit up Rech every time I head to Paris because it’s all the things you love about France wrapped up in one casually elegant spot.  Why?  For starters, there’s a terrific selection of Oysters from all over France.  But that’s just one of the stellar slurry of shellfish on display outside the entrance of Rech, a compelling lure to step inside and order the Seafood Plateau, brimming with Langoustines, Mussels, Clams, Crayfish, Whelks, Shrimps and I could go on.  You could order the Plateau, nibble on great French bread and butter, drink some Chablis and call it a good night here. But then you’d miss the Vegetable Tart, a vibrant melange of spring produce —...

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Le Dome Cafe

Neighborhood: , | Featured in City Guides, Restaurant

If you’re looking for an old school brasserie to sup on oysters and Chablis, Le Dome in Montparnasse is a fine idea.  (Ernest Hemingway and Henry Miller made a regular habit of Le Dome.) With bragging rights to a Michelin star and its own seafood shop just around the corner, the kitchen’s got today’s catch at its fingertips.  As is often the case in seafood brasseries in Paris, the shellfish is on jewelry-like display at the entrance of the eatery, everything from Gillardeau and Fines De Claires oysters to Clams, Mussels and Langoustines.  The space is a warm, cozy spot (especially good for a chilly night), outfitted in red-and-gold velvet banquettes, wood paneling along the walls and dangling light fixtures shrouded in lampshades. This is a fruits de mer platter kind of spot, so you’ll want to try whatever’s...

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New York’s Most Succulent Summer Seafood – 2014

Neighborhood: | Featured in Best Of

What’s better than ditching your puffy jackets and snow hats and eating ice cream in shorts and flip flops? Lobster Rolls, piles of Crabs dusted with Old Bay, icy raw Oysters, and Fried Clams, that’s what. While New York City may not have an ocean view, you can still joyfully overdose on shellfish this summer, with seafaring dishes from some of the country’s best chefs, such as David Pasternack’s Scallop Crudo at Chelsea newcomer…

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Hog Island Oyster

Neighborhood: | Featured in City Guides

It ain’t easy to find a great oyster house… never mind one with a view, so you’ll want to savor not only the terrific variety of bivalves at Hog Island Oyster Co., but also the outdoor dining overlooking San Francisco Bay.  Tourists and locals alike descend on this no-reservations spot for lunch or dinner so you may have to wait a bit, but it’s entirely worth it.  Especially after you sample the Hog Island Sweetwater Pacific and Atlantic oysters as well as whatever other West Coast oysters they’re shucking that day. There’s plenty more reasons to visit, like the Steamers, a mix of fresh from the water Manila Clams, Beans, Fennel Sausage, and Leeks in an addictive Wheat Beer Broth that you’ll want to mop up with the bread.   And while I’m typically a Manhattan Clam Chowder kind...

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Q & A with The Clam’s Mike Price

Neighborhood: | Featured in Chef Q&A

Mike Price is giving Clams their day so to speak. Price and co-owner Joey Campanaro just recently opened New York’s very first, clam-centric eatery in the West Village. But don’t even think about calling The Clam — a shellfish-centric restaurant recently opened by Market Table’s Mike Price & Joey Campanaro — a seafood shack. In theory, it may seem to have a lot in common with West Village neighbors, like Pearl Oyster Bar and Mary’s Fish Camp, but Price insists the only unifying factor between the three is a love of seafood…

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The Best Seafood Shacks for Summer

Neighborhood: | Featured in Best Of, Summer

There’s little we associate with summer as much as shellfish… from whole steamed lobsters served with corn on the cob and drawn butter, to toasted rolls piled high with full belly clams, and iced platters lined with freshly shucked raw oysters, cocktail sauce, and lemon wedges. Can’t make it to Nantucket, Newport, or Puget Sound this year? There are plenty of seaworthy spots in New York that are no more than a subway ride away, from The Lobster Place in Chelsea Market to the recently opened Kittery in Brooklyn. So treat yourself to a crustacean staycation this summer, by chowing down at some of the city’s best seafood shacks.

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Seasonal Eats: Soft Shell Crabs

Neighborhood: | Featured in Spring Eats

Most people think vegetables when they consider all of the culinary delights associated with the spring. But there’s an under-the-sea treat that’s equally delicious, with a season every bit as fleeting, as morel mushrooms, ramps and fiddlehead ferns. Soft-shell crab season is traditionally marked with the first full moon in May. At that time, the blue crab begins molting its shell, in order to accommodate summer growth.

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Sexy Steamed Mussels with Citrus & Prosecco

Neighborhood: | Featured in Recipes

It’s a funny thing about mussels. They’re delicious, healthy, easy to prepare and cheap (generally five dollars a pound, which is pretty damn good for shellfish!). But people rarely think to make them at home. Sure, they’ll order them out… who hasn’t had a good Zuppa de Mussels served with hunks of crusty Italian bread or a bowl of tender mollusks steamed in beer and sided with a pile of crusty fries? We’ve seen them dotting saffron rice in Spanish Paella, served A la Plancha (most recently at Willow Road in Chelsea), and done up Southeast Asian style, loaded with Lime, Chili, Coconut Milk and Kaffir leaves.

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Le Bernardin

Neighborhood: | Featured in RG's Favorites

There are some great restaurants in New York, and then, there’s Le Bernardin. It’s the kind of place people from all over the world travel just to sample Eric Ripert’s masterful (nearly magical) way with seafood. It’s that good. Ripert manages to tease out every subtle nuance of fish with his preparations and flavor combinations. I’ll never forget the just barely Sauteed Langoustines I had recently at Le Bernardin and I’ve had quite a few.

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Q & A with Maison Premiere’s Chef Jared Stafford-Hill

Neighborhood: | Featured in Chef Q&A

What a difference five years have made in the life of Jared Stafford-Hill.  When we last checked in with him back in 2008, he had just come on as the executive chef at Bobo in the West Village, charged with revitalizing a floundering menu of seasonal French classics.  When he was let go shortly afterwards, however, Stafford-Hill was devastated.  “It was pretty hard.  It was all very surprising,” he said. “I was really cautious afterwards, because that experience was kind of demoralizing.”  So much so, that the mild-mannered chef elected to stay off-the-radar and out of kitchens until just four months ago. Happily, he’s currently finding his mojo again as chef at the stylish Maison Premiere in Brooklyn, helping it evolve beyond oysters and absinthe into a full-blown, high-end eatery.  His series of seafood small plates, which includes Sea Urchin...

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The John Dory Oyster Bar

Neighborhood: | Featured in Best Of, Holiday Eats

Can Brits really handle the Feast of the Seven Fishes?  Absolutely, if you’re talking about April Bloomfield and The John Dory Oyster Bar, her hip seafood mecca in the elegant Ace Hotel.  Chef de cuisine Josh Even plans to go global with traditional feast ingredients, offering up a creamy Salt Cod Brandade, Chorizo-Stuffed Squid with Smoked Tomato, and (this is an oyster bar after all) Hog Island Sweetwater Oysters topped with Sea Urchin...

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