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Posted by Jonathan T on 02/27/2006
For Valentine's Day I brought my fiance to AquaGrill with a 6pm reservation we arrived a quarter-to and walked in, immediately we were greated by the host and the coat check gentleman. he took our coats and gave us a number, the host told us that they would be seating shortly and that we could have a seat at the bar or in a cozy side corner. we chose the bar I fetched a stella artois while my fiance tried their house ros?. we chatted among the crowd and spoke with the bar tender. with no wine knowledge i proceeded to tell him what I liked and what i wanted with some seafood, he was very well versed and spoke to me on a level i could understand, he selected two different wines explaining they would complement our meal well, i thanked him for his suggestions and finished out our tab. we were seated and I ordered the Seafood Plateu Royale, the waiter was very friendly and suggested that we wouldn't need any apitizers, a busboy brought us some tasty starters complements of the chef, it was a salmon tar-tar complemented with a crispy potato wafer. our food arrived and it was fantastic, the waiter proceeded to tell us what everything was and how to eat it, everything had a sauce to dip with, the platter included mussels in a creamy mustard sauce, stone crab, a dozen oysters, 1/2 a dozen clams, shrimp cocktail, lobster tail, the sauces were wonderful and made to complement the seafood extremely well, the mustard sauce for the stone crab claws was absolutly amazing something that i highly recommend you try. the wait staff was superb and right on the ball, they changed our plates 5 times while we ate, clearing away any shells we had discarded, getting up to go to the bathroom, they came over immediately and folded our napkins, dessert was a chocolate sampler which included a white chocolate moose ganash a scoop of chocolate ice cream and a wonderful warm molten chocolate filled sponge style chocolate cake, everything was delicious and fantastic, i highly recommend!
Posted by Liz on 01/22/2006
I took my sister here for her birthday on a busy Saturday night and we were lucky enough to get seated right away. The food is excellent, the Mass Oysters were THE BEST!! For an appetizer she had the crab cakes and I had the warm octopus salad and they were both cooked to perfection! Then were given complimentary Salmon Tartare on a crunchy potato chip that was out of this world. For dinner we shared the Seafood Plateau and boy was it worth it, we ended up taking the rest home because we couldn't finish it. This monstrous tower is filled with the best and freshest tasting seafood you will ever have in NYC! Large Shrimp, Lobster, 3 diff types of oysters, 3 diff types of clams, Mussels and the periwinkles were delicious as well! After dinner she had the coconut panna cotta with tropical fruit and I had the pre-ordered choc souffle and even though my souffle was absolutely divine and perfectly cooked the praises of the evening were given to the coconut panna cotta! In the end the price was reasonable only $160 total including a few glasses their great wine. If you love seafood you HAVE to go to the Aquagrill, I will definitely return SOON!
Posted by Oyster Lover on 01/21/2006
My brother and I were cruising by and I felt like a couple of oysters. I'm from Rhode Island so I got a Westerly and Moonstone- they were served like a piece of art. Fresh. Perfect in every way. We weren't dressed for this swanky place, but they treated us like royalty. Price of the oysters was right. Would be the right spot to impress a sea food lover.
Posted by LIBRA41 on 01/19/2006
As I was planning our trip to NYC, I found this website and was so glad I did, as it made everything so much simplier to organize. Looking for a restaurant in this area (Spring) I read the wonderful reviews of this place. As my husband and I are always ready to eat oysters, this place attracted me right away. And indeed, the oysters at the bar were the freshest and tastiest - and more than 20 varieties to choose from. Would highly recommend. Great staff too!
Posted by Terry on 01/08/2006
Not my first time here, but it has been a while since my last visit. The service here is outstanding, you are made to feel very comfortable by all, constant refilling of water, cleaning of table, without it being hovering. Food is fresh & delicious, nice size portions, with entrees from $18 - $25, sides $5.00, with lots of options. Four of us shared the seafood plateau, just great. The only downside is that it is a bit noisy & crowded, especially in the front, where we sat. Would highly recommend this place.
Posted by Single Diner on 11/28/2005
Expected a cafe/ bar atmosphere, and was warmly greeted by the professional maitre d'. Showered with excellent service from the manager, maitre d', bartender, busboys, etc. Extremely well-run, yet with a comfortable vibe. Food was fantastic! The striped bass appetizer roll was incredible..... and twice the size as one would get in a typical sushi place! Highly recommend for quality of fish, service, and the ambiance was also great!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/23/2005
Everyone's getting into seafood, but Aquagrill is still the best. From the gorgeous oysters (have them at the bar) to the briny Manhattan clam chowder and bouillabaise to the plain grilled fish, everything is perfect. If it wasn't so casual--it's a real Soho cafe--it should have been showered with Michelin stars (if anyone cares.)