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Posted by Jem on 07/04/2006
I had a foodie friend in from out of town and we were really looking forward to this meal. We arrived for our reservation on time, but were made to wait at the bar for 25 minutes. Once seated upstairs, the waitress informed us that they were out of most of the items we were looking forward to eating. She then handed us a piece of paper with ink so light it was difficult to read (and we're 30). the food that was available was delicious. The complimentary biscuits with honey butter were yummy (the take home recipe card was a cute touch). we ordered west coast oysters that were creamy, succulent, and perfect. the oysters alone would make going back to blt fish worth it. then we were made to wait an extremely long time before our two appetizers came. we had the tuna tartare (really good) and shrimp. then we shared a crispy snapper (2lb. which was more than enough), parmesan gnocci (very light), asparagus (nothing special), and hen of the woods mushrooms (meaty, flavorful, and highly recommended!). then since they were out of the dessert we wanted, we had the bread pudding with a warm rasperry sauce which didn't disapoint. the complimentary cotton candy and mini cookies were good. but ,we did see the tables around us get cotton candy to go, and we were not given any. overall, our experience was good; the food was delicious, but the service (not our waitress-she was great), wait time, and unavailable items left room for improvement.
Posted by Jeffrey on 06/09/2006
One goes to a restaurant expecting a preparation. What I was served, here, was sauteed, fileted, Dover sole, without any sauce or garnish, and charged $49.50. You may order sides, a la Boston Market or Kentucky Fried, except here, you pay extra for them. I seriously doubt whether BLT, himself, would accept dining in this fashion. By the way, you are charged for fish by weight, but there's not a scale in sight and don't you know, my wife's Dover sole cost $49.50 too.
Posted by Sireatsalot on 05/30/2006
I have dined at blt fish both upstairs and down a few times now in the first year they have opened. I have had great experiences on all accounts. The shack is fun and rocking! the have very authentic "shack food". Terrific selection of oysters. Great lobster rolls. Great grilled and broiled fish entrees. Fun cocktails like "squid ink" and "shipwreck". This is a place to kick back and pretend you are on the cape. The 3rd floor blows me away everytime with calculated service, not pretentious just caring and on point. Delicious "milos" style whole grilled and broiled fish, filleted for you tableside. The atmosphere is both fun and sexy. Good for celebrations or group dinners as well. The winelist is one of the most fun and obscure list i have seen in the city. You can though find many wines that are homeruns. Great female sommelier will guide you through! The desserts are terrific. I cant wait to come back! To the sea!
Posted by melrody on 05/24/2006
After reading countless bad reviews, I almost didn't go to BLT Fish (downstairs). We were a few minutes late for our reservation and the host was perfectly nice to us and was able to accomodate us at a later time. The bartenders were helpful and pleasant. Our waitress was cheery, helpful and not pushy. I thought my Striped Bass was excellent and my friend LOVED her mussels. I am a restaurant pain in the neck and over all - we had a great experience! Try it on a weekday.
Posted by foodie on 05/20/2006
The upstairs fish shack is reallly adorable, looking much more like an authentic fish shack than I had expected. Their special cocktails, esp the martinis are unreal. Different and delicious. Food itself.....I liked the lobster roll, not as good as fresh caught out East, but darn good nonetheless. NE clam chowde was watery and lacked flavor. Fried clams and buff shrimp were good. Cupcakes were really good for dessert- actually a last minute pick but were yummy.
Posted by Anon on 05/01/2006
NYC's version of a New England fish shack, therefore far over priced. I had a 9pm reservation on a Saturday evening for which we were seated a little after 10. When we were finally seated we waited another 10 min for someone to bring us menu's. We ordered from the raw bar as well as some mussel's and fried clams. The food was quite good and it did arrive fairly quickly after we were seated. However, we did not recieve any discount, not even our drinks comped at the bar while we waited 1+ hour from our original reservation time, which I feel was extremely inconsiderate. So it truly is a NYC fish shack, Pricey simple food.
Posted by NY Foodie on 04/21/2006
While I have only had the experience of dining at the downstairs "shack" and I know that this is Manhattan where an authentic fish shack is as prevalent as a free refill on pop - don't be fooled by the name "shack." I went there on a weekday night with a reservation. My friends and I arrived shortly before our reservation and were told to wait. So we order some appetizers - my friend swore by the buffalo shrimp - they were good - but how difficult is it to bread, fry, and sauce up shrimp? And talk about pricey fried and sauced shrimp! I had mussels - they were OK. One of my friends had fish - OK- and the other the lobster roll. The only thing that makes this place a shack is the fact that they served fried shrimp in plastic baskets and they have paper table cloths. Mind you since we were seated so late - our waiter left halfway through our meal and we were left with a bus boy to finish up our dinner. The price too much for the food. The service good other than the hostesses. The food OK - but like I said nothing special.