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BLT Fish Shack
Posted by Victor's sister on 12/21/2007
If you can get past the snooty hostess staff, good luck. Why would I want to go to a restaurant where the women guarding the tables act as though they are in charge of Fort Knox and look down upon you if you aren't up to their standards? I found the place to be noisy, and you can't really have a pleasant drink because the bar is crowded with people clustering around it while waiting for a table. The bartender was not terribly good at servicing patrons who had been waiting and the food is nothing to write home about.
Posted by mexpert on 10/15/2007
There is a lot of hype about Laurent Tourondel's restaurants. Honestly, I've never been to any of them except for BLT Fish on two occasions. It really isn't anything special. Granted, the salmon that I ordered was very good, but with all the hype about his restuarants, I was expecting something a bit better. The fish and chips that my girlfriend ordered were also good but the calamari appetizer was not good at all. The experience would have been a lot better I feel, if our waiter didn't have such a bad attitude. He was trying way too hard to be slick and witty but came off as obnoxious. I will still give LT's "real" restaurants a chance one of these days but having experienced BLT fish, there are plenty of other restaurants that I will try first.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/22/2007
Went here on Tuesday night around 8pm, no reservations, but only had to wait about 10 min, though I was told it would be 30. The service was decent overall, but nothing to write home about. The crab cake was completely unspectacular, which was ironic since while I was waiting my line of sight kept hitting a sign near the waiting bench that said something to the effect that the crab cakes were world renown. It (There's only one crabcake) tasted like it was from Costco, although it was crisped pretty well on the outside. The peel 'n eat shrimp were very good, but they give you only about 8 and they were slightly overcooked. As for the entrees, I had the lobster roll, which was delicious and fresh, and there were significant chunks of lobster in it. (The bun was toasted and buttered as well) However, the lobster roll was the smallest sandwich I have ever eaten. It was seriously about 3" x 3" x 1". For $24, it was a complete ripoff. I'm not sure if that is the standard size or not, or if I just happened to be unlucky, but it was really disappointing. There were probably at most 5 bites per half sandwich. They tried to fill me up with fries, which almost worked, since they were well done (which I like) and a little sweet, though a little limp, but ultimately I was still a little hungry. The mussels at least seemed like a good deal, they gave you a small pot that was overflowing with mussels, although it's not really my thing. The fish and chips were pretty good (from what I was told) and they do give you a fairly sizable piece of fish, but the cod entree was pretty small as well. Overall, I think people thought that their dishes were very flavorful and fresh. 2 apps, 4 entrees, no drinks turned out to be around $35/person. The shack is very lively though, and is very good for groups. Basically, the food and atmosphere is good, especially for groups, but the portions aren't big enough.
Posted by SM on 04/28/2007
Went to have dinner for a friend's birthday dinner tonight. We shared 2 dozen mixed raw oysters and shrimp cocktail, my friend was marveling how big and fresh the shrimp were. Really loved the fried calamari, we got 2 orders, though I think the waitress was disappointed that we didn't order any alcohol. Overall, very good quality for the prices. But if management reads this, ditch the fried jalapenos from the Mixed fried platter, my friend thought it was shrimp and got a nasty surprise. The lobster tail from the surf & turf was tiny and overcooked, you did everything else so well, should not have failed there.
Posted by CJW on 02/10/2007
I am the CJW who reviewed before. Last night I went to BLT Fish Shack. I was pleased to see that they no longer charge $4 for soda refills. I don't know whether other customers complained, managment saw my posting, or they just realized that they should change their policy. In any event, I was surprised when my soda was refilled (w/o asking) and that I wasn't charged. I dine out a lot and hate seeing checks intentionally being built on silly items (pricey water, soda refills, etc.). Bravo to the management of BLT Fish Shack!
Posted by A Fan on 12/26/2006
Fish is fresh, very fresh and never overcooked. Fennel slaw is excellant. Service is fair, they're untrained kids. At times it's so crowded it's like trying to order a hot dog at Yankee Stadium. Glad it's in the neighborhood, best fish at the price.
Posted by CJW on 11/14/2006
I have gone here a dozen times...I like the atmosphere and the food. The servers can be a bit lame--one didn't know the difference between sole and flounder--kept calling it sole flounder. Another server charged us for sides he suggested we substitute for the fennel slaw (I am not a fennel fan). But, my main pet peeve is that they charge $4/soda and no refills. I know it's NYC (I have lived here forever), but don't take advantage that way--it's from the hose, not the bottles.