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Posted by THRILLED on 07/08/2008
After eating at the upstairs dining room, it's the only thing I could think of that would explain any bad review. It was one of the best dining experiences ever, from the elegant/casual atmosphere, friendly service to the innovative cuisine bursting with flavor and freshness. OMG. The Chilean Sea Bass was "top-shelf" the freshest, tastiest I've ever had. All the sauces they use compliment the food excellently. My friend had the scallops which were also huge, tender and "orgasmically" delicious. The only criticism I could make was that because of the sun roof, they do not have the room cooled comfortably enough. They're working on it.
Posted by Frequent NYC Diner on 01/24/2008
I was worried after reading the reviews but I had an excellent meal here last night and felt compelled to note it here. Have eaten at the downstairs shack several times but never upstairs. The fluke tartare special was excellent as were the oysters, black cod, and gnocchi. I would pass on the haricots verts if I went back, and the hen of the woods were disappointing. No problems with bus boys, I'm happy to report! And the amuse bouche, the biscuits, and the cotton candy were all excellent and enjoyed by all!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/12/2008
This was one of the most disappointing restaurant experiences I have had in 5 yrs in NY. It was grossly overpriced and the waitstaff could not have been more annoying every time I put my fork down someone was trying to take my plate away. This happened so often that finally the woman at the table next to me yelled at the server to leave them alone! It made conversation nearly impossible and it was as if, at 10:30 at night on a Friday, we were being rushed out. As for the food, the tuna tartar was good, but both my boyfriend's swordfish entree and my fluke special (for 37 dollars) were terribly overcooked dry, tasteless, and chewy. The artichoke side was almost inedible covered in oil and so tough we couldn't eat them. The only highlight of the meal was the free cheddar bisquit we were served when we sat down and the apple cotton candy they gave us with dessert. I have been to countless seafood restaurants in Manhattan and this was definitely the most disappointing experience I've had. Totally deters me from wanting to try any of the other BLT restaurants. Tell the waitstaff to back off and the kitchen that when it comes to the fish, lay off the salt and don't overcook!
Posted by DK on 11/20/2007
Ate here last night to celebrate my 60th birthday and couldn't have asked for a nicer evening. The wait staff was well informed about the menu and was gracious (my husband asks a LOT of questions and they were very patient). Everyone's fish was done perfectly and the two sides we ordered, the spinach and garlic and the polenta were very good. The muffins that they serve instead of bread were excellent. The place was lively which made it fun to be there. The only error made in our order was that the waiter forgot our dessert wine. When we told the floor manager, not only did he get it for us, he didn't charge us for it. Something that was not necessary, but appreciated. The only negative is that the only bathrooms are on the 1st floor, so if you are sitting up on the 3rd floor you need to take the elevator (or the stairs) down to the 1st floor. will definitely go back and will recommend it to others.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/16/2007
This is my 3rd time to BLT Fish and every time has been great. First they brought out some dishes before we ordered which were good. For an appetizer we had the Hamachi which was so decadent and just made with herbs and olive oil. Main course was the Loup de Mer and the Salmon. Both were great. Side dishes were the mushrooms and the spinach. Again, both seasoned and roasted just right. Dessert we had the chocolate cake with the caramel ice cream. They also brought apple cotton candy and some little cookies. The wonderful bottle of wine topped off a great meal and great service.
Posted by ovlov on 09/23/2007
Went there to celebrate my birthday last week and would definitely recommend to others. Reservationist gets bonus points - she found an 8.15pm table the day of the reservation (6.30 was the best I could get on open table, admittedly only 2 d before). Fish was extremely fresh, well-prepared; octopus appetizer was one of the best and certainly most interesting I've ever had - flash-fried so crispy exterior but moist interior and not greasy at all. Sides were great (not an after-thought as is so often the case) and dessert was equally good. I'm dying to go back to try one of the whole fish preparations that serves 2+ people - our neighbors had the salt-baked and cantonese-style. Both looked outrageous. Wine list also good; wide selection (both country-, grape-, and price- wise) without being overwhelming. Waitstaff ? Extremely professional but not pretentious or stiff. Check? Although not inexpensive, wasn't that outrageous and we felt fully satisfied. My only complaint? Even the upstairs restaurant was LOUD. Go early or late if you want to avoid the worst of the noise. Definitely recommend BLT Fish if you like your dinner from the sea.
Posted by DoctortedNYC on 07/25/2007
I admit I had alot of trepidation going to BLT Fish. It seems that with all the BLT establishments diners either love them or hate them. The reviews vary from appalling to wildly enthusiastic. BLT Fish is no exception. Once passing through its cheaper and more raucous downstairs cousin BLT Fish Shack, you take a glass elevator to its more elegant namesake. With a grand skylight the room has a sleek sophistication, albeit a noisy one. Amuse Bouche of smoked tuna salad was excellent. Next come the marvelous hot cheddar biscuits with maple butter. The combination appears odd and out of place, until you taste one and roll your eyes in how delicious they are. We opted for three courses.For appetizers the tuna tartare was excellent. Its base of creamy avocado and crown of caviar was a nice play of flavor texture and freshness. Baby lettuce salad was fresh, citrusy and crispy. We converted a side of gnocci into a second course. Coming in a small metal cup they were light and silky. An excellent chunky tomato sauce bathed the little potato pillows. For the main, we opted for the Alaskan King Salmon which was superb. Literally 3 inches thick at its center, it was cooked to a moist, silky perfection. One of the best pieces of fish I ever had. A bit of advice. The menu offers particular fish selections and fish-by-the-pound, which could easily hit $ 100.00 for a 3 pound piece. No need to go there as there are enough prepared choices to meet most tastes and not break the bank. The salmon was served with a great brown butter lemon caper sauce, whose saltiness is a great foil for the delicate salmon. Portions here are ample and even though expensive, you wont feel as if you are being played for a fool. Deset was the red berry crumble with fromage blanc ice cream. Fabulous warm buttery pastry shell enclosing berries. Petit-fouers and the goofy jar of green-apple cotton candy closed a solid, enjoyable meal. Service is a bit amateurish but pleasant and sincere.