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Posted by Peter on 05/24/2007
My date and I were expecting a good fish meal instead we got a lobster roll with very little lobster and a BLT w/tuna that had one piece of bacon and two slices of tomatoes and lots of sliced onion but I couldn't find the tuna. And both dishes were "covered over" by, I must admit, tasty fries. As we ate the bus boys were so obtrusive, always waiting to clean and clear. One bus boy was cleaning the table next to us with such arm movement I couldn't enjoy my meal for fear I might catch a wayward elbow in my face. At times I felt I was eating on the street. The wait staff was attentive but those sandwiches were all design and no substance. And did I mention those bus boys...
Posted by the real foodude on 04/22/2007
the room upstairs is really great. the roof opens up which allows a crowded, busy night to not sound so noisy. you can have a conversation w/o yelling. ok the food. tuna app...lobster and crab app both pretty good...tuna prob a bit better. mains...sea scallops and swordfish...both very good....best fish ever? not so sure..but very very adequate...in a really nice room...open kitchen...service was bordering on pushy..but hey..it's nyc! overall very good experience
Posted by FoodDude on 02/20/2007
What an experience I had at BLT Fish! I had attempted to secure a reservation for some time and finally got a prime time on a Saturday night. The room is absolutely gorgeous. They have a glass ceiling that exposes the dark night above and an open kitchen where you can see everything that's going on with the food. I started with some tuna tartare that was out of this world. I shared the crispy red snapper with my dinner companion. It too was fabulous. Did I mention those biscuits?!?! It truly was an incredible dining experience. Bravo BLT!
Posted by Jason on 01/31/2007
BLT Fish is actually a much bigger restaurant than one would imagine passing by. On a recent Monday night, our hostess carried us to the third floor that serves as the “formal” dining room. (The first floor is the “fish camp” and the second looked like a bar/ private dining area.) Our waiter informed us it was his first night but didn’t really seem nervous or uncomfortable. The décor resemble midtown’s BLT Steak, which is to say sophisticated neutrals with a predominant brown. The cheese biscuits were absolutely amazing with honey and butter. (I usually eat very low carb, but this was definitely an exception!) The waiter also brought some kind of flavorful fish salad with crackers. For starters we all had a salad wrapped in cucumber (to resemble a bowl). Just several lettuces, but some of the freshest I’ve tasted. For entrees we had king salmon. We had a choice of sauces, and had the superb brown butter and the very good pesto parmesan. The fish is so fresh you hardly need a sauce, but it certainly accentuated the salmon. Certainly wasn’t the best salmon I’ve ever tasted, but excellent nonetheless. The sides were less so. While our waiter told us they were “family style,” they were really small pots. The collard greens (a special that evening) was tasty; garlic spinach is hard to mess up; and the mushrooms were quite tasty. We were too full for dessert, but they bring out these tiny pastries to complete things anyway. The bill for three, including tax, was $200. Not cheap, but you don’t expect cheap at BLT. (Except maybe BLT Burger.) The service was outstanding – waiters stood by attentive of every diner’s needs without being intrusive or annoying. We ate at about 6:30, when the dining room wasn’t too crowded and we didn’t have to shout. Some people don’t like the exposed kitchen, but I like seeing where my food is prepared. BLT Fish certainly has the cleanest, most organized restaurant kitchen I’ve ever seen! In short: go for a special occasion, pack the plastic
Posted by Victor's sister on 01/24/2007
The waiter service in the upscale dining room was impeccable. Really well done. The fish, another story. I wasn't all that impressed. The sauce (olive oil and spices, etc) was not so great. Other sauce options were unenticing (curry, or other heavily cream based types).The piece of salmon I had was nothing special, possibly too rare. Asparugus was tasty, but overpriced for so small a portion. And the puff pastry appetizer was nothing short of a total fat festival (all butter and starch). The hostess, as I have experienced in the past, is the most unpleasant part of the evening. If you have to deal with her pompousness, good luck.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/08/2007
my 2nd time here in 2 months and it is just great. Walked in on a Sat. night without a reservation at 7:30 and although we were told they were booked until 10PM, the host got us a great table upstairs at 8PM. Service is a bit slow as it took asking 2x to get drinks but then it was fine. Seafood plateau to start and then I had the honey cod -YUM and my friend had the swordfish which was very tasty. Dessert we had the pear tart with sorbet. I would reccomend this place to everyone.
Posted by anonymous on 01/07/2007
We were seated on time and had a very nice table in the center of the room. Our waiter was very punctual and helpful in explaining the menu. My friend and I shared oysters which were very good and fresh and then we had salmon and swordfish. Both fish were excellent and served with different sauces on the side. My friend didn't like his original sauce so they quickly brought him another one to try. The side of mushrooms was very good as well as our pear tart dessert. When we left we were given a doggy bag of cotton candy to take home. Next time I will try the downstairs fish shack as it looks like a great place to go for a casual meal.