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Posted by foodie121279 on 12/04/2006
I took my boyfriend here for his birthday on Friday night. There were extreme high and lows to this meal. The dining room was beautiful but they sat us in a booth next to the open air kitchen. I could literally see every detail of them prepping and cooking the food. I would normally find this interesting, but its not the atmosphere I want for a "special occasion" dining experience. When I am paying 17 bucks for a hamachi appetizer, I don't want to see a guy two feet away picking through a plastic bucket of garnishes to put on my plate. Also I didn't like being told that the the "signature dish" is cantonese red snapper--only to be served a deep fried fish. No where on the menu did it say "deep fried." Again, if I am paying 70 bucks for a whole fish, I would like its delicate flavor to not be masked by peanut oil. I mean, I can throw a fish in a deep fryer--or just go to my neighborhood Chinese food joint. Put some effort in people! High notes of the meal- the service was great. Our waiter was friendly and got everything to us in a timely manner. The wine by the glass was very good. The cheddar biscuits were amazing. The oysters were perfect. It was like they had just been plucked from the sea. I will probably check out the fish shack downstairs at some point, but I will not be going back to the dining room. Too many inconsistencies.
Posted by anonymous on 11/21/2006
I was really looking forward to a great dinner at BLT Fish and was very excited when i first walked it the door. The host was very friendly, bar was crowded, but drink order was taking promptly which was wonderful... we were off to a great start. The only thing lackiing at this restaurant is the food... the menu sounded great, but then the food came out and was not imppressive at all. I had the lobster roll, which had enough mayo and other stuff, but was missing the lobster... my advice, go to pearl oyster bar and for the same price you'll have yourself a lobster roll to remember... same went for my two friends-- the soft shell crab sandwich was full of bread, but lacking the crab... oh well, it was worth a shot. Hopefully the other BLT restaurants are better than this one!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/29/2006
Upon arrival, we were escorted in the elevator and to a nice table upstairs. The room was mostly full of tables of friends, co-workers and a few couples. Atmosphere was less formal than I expected and louder. After being seated, it took about 10 min. for anyone to come to our table. Once the waitress took our water order and then did not appear again for another 15 min. We had to keep calling people over to order wine and then again for food. The service only got better when the manager made a mistake and thought we were regulars at BLT Prime which neither of us had been to. Rock shrimp, cheese popovers and a dip were brought to the table to snack on. We then ordered the shellfish plateau which was great. Main courses were the grilled Loup de Mer and the prepared Cod with Honey which we both loved. Sides were the bok choy and the mushrooms. Both made well. Dessert we had some fruit and they brought out a big jar of apple flavored cotton candy that really was good. After dinner, we went downstairs for a drink at the bar. My friend ordered a B&B and it took them about 20 min. to find the bottle. All in all, I would return, but plan on making the dinner the event of the night since the service really needs improvement.
Posted by W. Irene on 09/19/2006
I don't know how anyone can recommend this place. The menu is very limited, but that is the least of it. The cod, a fish I often enjoy, was salty and not very fresh, the coleslaw too drenched in mayo, and the roasted potatoes greasy. Worse than the food was the service. Although they kept refilling our water glasses from the pitcher on the table (which we could have handled, thank you), we could not get our plates removed and order tea or coffee. Although we did eventually get the waitress' attention, by the time the tea was ready, we had to go. And the place was quite empty by then, so there was no reason for the lack of attention. There are some wonderful restaurants near this location. I suggest you choose another.
Posted by R on 09/09/2006
The cod, sablefish, and tuna tartar some of the best, fish dishes I have ever had. Not the mention that wonderful chedder biscuit to kick off you meal, and great wine selection. The salmon also needs some work. The mushrooms are actually some of the poorest that I have ever had. They look like a brain, and have the same texture as one too. The dessert menu good be improved.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/18/2006
I love this restaurant. I've read reviews which are not so terrific, and can't imagine having a bad experience there. I've had to wait about 15 minutes for a table, but other times I've sat down right away. I like the first floor bar quite a bit so its not a bad place to wait. Although, It can get loud, so I can see why it might not be everyone's thing. I've eaten upstairs and downstairs in the shack, and have never had anything but a great time. The red snapper upstairs is truly incredible. And to those people who were unable to understand that the whole fish dishes are intended to be shared (thus the high price) I have to ask: what are you doing complaining publicly? Silly. Oh, the three BLT restaurants have possibly the greatest wine lists in all of Manhattan. Check this place out next time you want terrific fish.
Posted by Julie on 07/12/2006
My sisters, mother and I have lived in the city for 15 years. We get together monthly at a different restaurant and enjoy great food and are happy to pay for it. Last night it was BLT and we all agreed it was a disappointment. We were looking forward to some great fish, what we got was very good fish, overshadowed by poor service and silly prices. We were sat immedietly upstairs, which on first glance looks very interesting, with vaulted ceilings and chocolate brown accents. The acoustics are so poor that we were unable to hear ourselves speak, let alone the waitress. We were not attended to immedietly and had to wait about 15 minutes from the time we were seated for our waitress to come by and attend to us. That was after we had to request her from the maitre' d. The menu is filled with a list of very interesting fish, many I had never tasted, but when asked to explain and distinguish the flavor of them, the waitress had no knowledge. I had to settle on sharing the snapper, simply because I am familiar with that fish. It was good, not great. I ordered the bread salad, which after 15 minutes, I was told they were out of. We were a 6:30 reservation, so it is hard for me to fathom that they were already out of this appetizer. We waited way too long for our entrees, and no one attended to us to clear our table. There are too many good restaurants in the city to bother with this mediocre, over-priced eatery