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Posted by Laura on 11/27/2007
My husband and I ate at the Sea Grill for Thanksgiving. We had the poorest service imaginable. We were seated and ignored for the first 10 minutes we were there-we couldn't even get our water glasses filled. Our waitress told us after we complained that she had a bigger table and that's why we didn't see her. The food was fair but several items we ordered did not appear on the table as they were described on the menu. We also had to wait an eternity between each course. We mentioned this to the host as we were leaving and he did not seem to care in the slightest. The most surprising thing is that we ate there last year for Thanksgiving too and had wonderful service and food. We had hoped to make it a yearly tradition. Too bad.
Posted by nihonjin on 01/30/2007
I was really looking forward to going after reading such great reviews....... unfortunately, it turned out being a disappointment. the dishes (regardless of price) are not great (aji ga kosugiru) and the portions are small. I had the branzino, which I enjoyed. The risotto? It would feed a 1 year old. I can't imagine myself ever going back.
Posted by bigbillyt on 12/25/2006
My wife and I dined here for Christmas dinner. The place was packed and we were seated a bit later than our reservation but service was generally excellent. The menu was a prix fixe menu for the holiday and was a bit over priced for what it was. The seafood chowder was good but the clams were a bit tough and the potatoes undercooked. The crab cake was mostly crab, quite good and seasoned just right. I had the grilled red snapper with beans and arugula which was fantastic, done to perfection and a perfect taste combination. My wife had the yellow fin tuna on a cassoulet with a white bean reduction. The deserts were fabulous also, chocolate pudding cake with really nice pistachio ice cream. Add in really good wine and a nice cappuccino and it was a great dining experience. The only bad news was the price. I am no stranger to fine dining and I don't mind paying for a really good meal, but the total for what we had to eat was a little exorbitant. If you looking for very well done sea food that is a sure thing and you don't mind paying extra it is well worth it.
Posted by Doctorted on 12/21/2006
Lunch at the Sea Grill during Xmas is really one of the consumate New York experiences even for a jaded native New Yorker... The tree, the Rink, the Xmas decorations really are just extraordinary...OK, now for the meal. Restaurant is very beautiful in a cool sleek way. Apps: My fiancee had the baby lettuce salad...lemon dressing very light and refreshing. I had the cured salmon belly tartare...Very nice, clean taste...could've had a bit more seasoning but still very good. Grated radish and a tiny half shell quail egg with yolk make for a beautiful presentation. We then shared a dozen Kumamoto oysters which are probably the most delicious I've ever tasted...Small but buttery and tender ;the only miss was a somewhat bland and watery cocktail sauce. Main: Since we are not big eaters, My fiance and I shared the Halibut a la Plancha: Truly excellent...Firm, moist and perfectly cooked...The epitome of freshness, snow white in color. You cant go wrong with fish at the Sea Grill..Over a bed of escarole in Yuzo sauce, a superb piece of fish: Bread was excellent Dessert: Autumn apple plate... Consisted of Apple crisp, tiny apple balls in caramel and green apple sorbet. All a bit sweet but excellent. Coffee good. Service as I said was efficient, perfunctory. Slightly rushed but no big deal.Need to do a better job of de-crumbing tables between courses, checking water, bread etc.. All in all it was a great lunch and would recommend dining here. You won't be disappointed.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/26/2006
I brought my family here for Thanksgiving dinner and we loved every course. Sea Grill did everything to make it feel like a traditional Thanksgiving meal by offering a traditional turkey dish on the menu, and placing a communal pot of absolutely fantastic mashed potatoes on the table. I opted for the lobster, which was a generous 2 1/2 pound lobster, out of the shell, and truly delicious. The chocolate pudding and white chocolate cake were better dessert options than the apple trio. To top it off, the waiter brought an additional serving of milk, dark and white chocolate sticks, with the check, and gave everyone a turkey-shaped cookie to take home at the end of dinner. It was the perfect holiday dinner.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/21/2006
Yesterday afternoon I dined at the Sea Grill with my husband and some friends. Everything about the place was AMAZING. The view of the skating rink, the food, the music..everything. The only negitive thing that I encountered was the rude and very pretentious Maitre'D. Well I assume she was the Maitre'D. She was cold and her greeting was without sincerity. She would have spoiled my lunch if it was not followed by such amazing service and hospitality. The food was delicious and all of my out of state friends really enjoyed their time. I am a GM of a restaurant myself and I cannot for the life of me imagine why anyone would want someone like that representing their front door. So the Sea Grill is a must see..just don't judge it by the Maitre'D.
Posted by julaphina on 07/17/2005
My daughter and I dined in October of 2003. We loved the maitre d - he was so friendly and accommodating. Our food was fabulous, and the margaritas were delicious. We watched the ice skaters and wished we among them, (as midwesterners, we started skating at a very young age). We are going in back to NYC in November and can't wait to eat here again. I hope the maitre d is working on the night we have dinner.