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Posted by Mr.Me on 02/10/2006
Just got back from lunch with a friend....no problems with the reservations & was promptly seated by a sweetheart of a hostess. We had the buffalo shrimp which we both totally enjoyed. I ordered the lobster roll w/fries and slaw for $24. Now for $24 I thought I would be getting a decent sized sandwich w/at least a 1/2 lb of lobster in it...I was very disappointed when the sandwich arrived and there were 2 or 3 ozs of lobster. There was plenty of fries..but they were lackluster at best. My friend said her mussels were tasty...but there were more than a half dozen closed ones...what's up w/t hat? I don't mind paying for things..but be fair and feed me, Seymour!
Posted by Luke on 01/17/2006
After eating dinner upstairs at BLT Fish a few nights ago I dined at Mas last night. While the food at both restaurants was superb, with BLT Fish being a little better, I was struck by the difference in the philosphy of service. At Mas, when we were promptly approached by our waitress, she asked if tap water was ok. At BLT Fish, we were asked if we wanted sparkling or still. At Mas our waitress patiently waited untill we had had time to look over the menu before asking if we had any questions. At BLT Fish, our waitress gave us about 5 minutes to decide on food and wine. And the meals went on from there. Our food was great at BLT Fish, but we felt like we were being used a little. While service was satisfactory, our waiter allowed us to order WAY too much of the grilled fish (you order it by the pound), and as a waiter I know it's because she was trying to get the check higher. That's one thing that really bothers me. It didn't even matter that she never checked on the appetizers or refilled wine glasses even though we had a $450 tab for two, but it mattered that she encouraged us to order enough food for four entrees even though we had already had 3 appetizers between us. That type of approach is enough to make me not came back even though its some of the best food in New York.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/16/2006
After having dined in the Fish Shack a few times (always delicious), I finally got the chance to eat at the wonderful dining room on the main floor. Those bisquits are melt in your mouth amazing, and everything that followed was delicious as well. We had the tuna tartare, and then the cantonese style red snapper with parmesian gnocci on the side, and despite how full we were the food was so good we went ahead and got dessert (a crepe better than any I had when in France). Although it can be expensive, BLT Fish is worth the experience.
Posted by beluga whale on 12/31/2005
Visit the other BLT restaurants before you go here. Portions were a little small and pricey. The atmosphere was very nice and the waitstaff smart and efficient.
Posted by just average on 12/27/2005
Just had dinner there last night at the bar.....both shrimp cocktail and lobster were overcooked and tough. I've heard so many good things about this restaurant and was disappointed. I'd pass on this one.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/08/2005
I've only been to BLT Fish Shack on the street level and found the food to be very mediocre. It's tasty for what it is, but you can find better places around town. Warm, friendly service is a plus.
Posted by John from Chelsea on 11/23/2005
I had dined at BLT Fish Shack downstairs many times, but last night my friend and I dined in BLT's formal dining room upstairs for the first time. I already knew that the NY Times had given the restaurant three stars, but after last night's experience, I would definetely take one of the stars away. First of all, the room was beautiful, with just the right combination of elegance and hipness. The lighting was perfect and there was a nice buzz to the room: star one. Next, the food was excellent, beautifully prepared and delicioius: star two. That is where the star ended in my opinion. The service definetely left something to be desired. After being seated 10 minutes past our reservation (no big deal, but no way to start either), we were seating and it was was 20 minutes before anyone brought us "anything", including the menu or water. Then when the menus finally arrived, we were asked for our cocktail order and asked to see the specialty cocktail memo: other 10 minutes before that arrived. We finally had to flag down a hostess to tell her that our waitress was AWOL, and we would at least like to order a drink. We didn't even see our waitress in the room for the next 15 minutes. We had to ask for more bread three times before it arrived. No star for service.