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Posted by Melly on 11/23/2009
I went to ATOS this weekend after reading the glowing reviews on this site. I've always wanted to taste their food but was always discouraged by the long lines (when it was a take out only restaurant). The new restaurant made me excited to try it, an happy about the possibility of sitting and dining in. I was surprised to see it almost empty on a weekend afternoon, but after my visit I understood why. The restaurant itself is pleasant looking, but upon entering there was an annoying odor that was not only fishy (a fish joint should smell a little fishy), but also reeked of stale food. I still wanted to taste the fried fish everyone was talking about so I decided to ignore the smell and order anyway. My mistake. When I got to the counter the young man who looked like he should be taking orders looked at me stupidly and acted like he was so busy with a phone order and a conversation with one his other (4) co workers. Even when he got off the phone ther was no "hello, may I help you," no "Hi, what would you like today?" So of course, I just told him what I wanted. The food was pricey, I wasnt offered any lemon juice to put on the fish, and when I asked one of the young men for some he made a face (as though I asked for some grey poupon or caviar or something) and said "no, we dont have none." Annoying. I ordered 4 pieces of fish with a side of mac and cheese and collards. The mac and cheese was very tasty and the fish was good as well. The collard greens were too vinegary and not good at all. I didn't eat my entire meal, and threw alot out. I didn't enjoy dining in at this restaurant at all. To top it off the bathroom was not clean, and was a funky mess. Always a bad sign. Will not be returning to this restaurant. They have some serious game stepping up to do.
Posted by Miss Blue on 09/16/2009
I've been curious about A Taste of Seafood since my friend came from there one day with these giant size shrimp. I've been reading the reviews on menu pages for a month now and yesterday was the first time I went and OMG!! I had the catfish and candied yams. I am in love. I am going back today and everyday!
Posted by Myspace.com/jillapollonia on 06/02/2009
This is absolutely my FAVORITE restaurant in Harlem. The food is soo good and worth the wait. If you go there during the day there is usually not a long line so if ever I am free during the day I make suure to go here. The witing fish, mac and cheese and shrimp are amongst my favorites there!! Also the candied yams!!! yuummmm! Try it!!!
Posted by HarlemsElite on 04/08/2009
pros. - love the new location. the decor is a step up. much more space, more seating, even more space upstairs. directly right across the street from where they used to be. - the food is still great. everything is still pretty much what it used to be. they expanded the menu. they also now do debit. they don't do credit anymore. i don't know why. cons. - they need to be more personable. some of the staff does have attitude, and on the wrong day, you might have to curse someone out. people are putting money into their establishment, and you're not paying for anything cheap at a taste of seafood. - the wait. they really need more registers, and servers. they hired a heap of staff, and it seems they're not being put to good use. - the prices. i believe they need to cut some deals for their customers. lower the prices on key popular items on the menu. it encourages people to still patronize, while giving an extra incentive to come.
Posted by anonymous on 03/31/2009
I come here once in a while when I want to fill soul food seafood crave. Truth is I'd come here a lot more often if the service was better. It is a little maddening to have a cashier ice grill you with an attitude, even when you are trying to be polite.
Posted by Dee on 10/03/2008
This food is THE BEST soul food I've ever tasted. ("I'm Sorry Mother, your food is good too"...my Grandma...lol) I sit at work during lunch on a daily basis craving it. (I'm doing it right now as I'm writing this review). I would go here for lunch every day but I can't b/c A taste of Seafood is too far. It would take too long to travel from Wall St. to Harlem, wait on line then travel back to work (I may not have a job by the time I get back, hehehe). "Pleeaasse, A Taste of Seafood Peops add another restaurant down here in the finance district where there is no soul food at all.
Posted by Tamika on 05/01/2008
I go to this place every week because the food here is some of the best soul food you'll ever taste in NY!! One thing that makes them different is that they put a lot of LOVE into their cooking somethign a lot of soulfood restaurants are missing in NY. Soulfood is not made by following a damn recipe otherwise it'll taste like crap! The only thing I didn't like was having to wait in line so long but that goes to show people will wait in line to get some of this good cooking. Although I wish they would have 2 cashiers regardless. They recently moved across the street into their new building and boy does it look Fabulous...beautifully decorated! Hope you love it like I do!