Crave Fishbar
Crave Fishbar

Crave Fishbar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cravefishbar.com/
  • Phone: 6468959585
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

    Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am-2pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Wine Bar, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Todd Mitgang
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 50th St
  • Public Transit: Lexington Ave and 53st. E,6 Train M15 Bus
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Lexington and 53 St (E, M) 51 st (6).
A word from Crave Fishbar
Crave Fishbar is a vibrant, convivial restaurant in Midtown Manhattan serving an inspired seafood menu from chef Todd Mitgang. An eclectic mix of reclaimed materials and custom made chairs and tables lend a beachy, rustic feel to the space, which houses a 25-foot-long bar where guests can order from the full dinner menu along with cocktails and wine from a mounted bottle display. Approachable, sophisticated dishes feature local seafood, crudos, and meat dishes that are thoughtfully prepared with both familiar and exotic ingredients. Crave Fishbar has taken its place as a neighborhood fixture, providing locals and newcomers alike with a elegant, inviting experience.
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Crave Fishbar reviews from OpenTable diners
219 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (125)fit for foodies (117)good for groups (43)vibrant bar scene (42)great for outdoor dining (42)romantic (35)great for lunch (35)hot spot (27)notable wine list (25)special occasion (21)great for brunch (13)late-night find (12)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Thumbs up for Food+Service+Ambiance
    Kalejoka
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We had a delicious and relaxed dinner. The waiter graciously accomodated our dietary restrictions. The oysters, fish and vegetables were delicious. On a rainy wednesday night the place was full and there was a genial vibe. I'd definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpectedly outstanding seafood
    arlenebdmVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Every course was superb. From the oysters, to the updated Caesar Salad, to the fabulous scallops to dessert. The scallops were crisp on top and moist in the middle. They were served with a sauce of tomatillos and avocado-a perfect complement. Service was excellent even though they were extremely busy. The wine list was surprisingly good and broad. Definitely will become a regular, epspecially with $1.00 oysters during Happy Hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ready2dine
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food was great, perfect for casual business dinner, great location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood find
    TLCT
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    A go-to favorite in midtown east for fresh seafood in creative preparations. Look for the $1 oyster happy hour special
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KatherineVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    scallops were heavenly! Crave is a much better option than The Smith across the street. Would definitely recommend if you need a restaurant in this area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • probably my last time
    BzaitaVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The apps were the best part of the meal. From that point forward it was downhill. I thought that the hake wrapped in cotta was tasteless and the Lobster curry was just OK.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best seafood uptown!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    If your idea of a fantastic meal includes more than a dozen types of oysters to choose from; interesting sounding (and scrumptious) crudos or tartares, perfectly made cocktails, friendly service and a groovy rustic beach shack vibe then Crave Fishbar will hit the spot. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Hour
    NeighborhoodgemVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Love oysters happy hour 5-7pm on the weekdays. It's a good spot for oyster lovers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sat by the bar
    DahlersVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Not my first time here, and absolutely love the food and service - but as a table for two, they mostly have seats across from the bar. That means you get to hear all the bar conversations, and as the waiters, hosts/hostesses, and customers walk by - you're going to get bumped into frequently.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh seafood but not exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The seafood and all ingredients in their dishses all seem very fresh and high quality. The seasoning and sauces are decent but not exceptional. Service is very good. A nice affordable seafood restaurant in Midtown.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Blues?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We really like this restaurant (and will return), but had a disappointing meal there on a Sunday (lunch). We expected a very busy place, but it wasn't at all, which makes the service missteps even more upsetting. The service was slow and a bit off-hand. There were 4 of us; when the food finally came out we got 3 dishes and had to inquire twice about the whereabouts of the 4th (which was a really simple dish of pancakes). If this were a diner it would be more understandable, but it's a nice and not cheap restaurant. So maybe we can chalk it up to a Sunday, but we'll only give them one more chance.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic discovery
    DrDSH
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I just booked a table for 4 a few hours earlier on a Saturday night and they gave us a great big booth and the service was exceptional. The waiter was very friendly and could explain each meal in detail. The menu changes nightly depending on the fresh fish they receive. The food was amazing and so was the atmosphere. It was great and laid back. Good music playing but not too loud to talk. We will be back and so will our guests!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved our dinner!
    Julia
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Everyone at our table of 5 ate every last bite of his/her meals and we did the same with the shared appetizers. The service was great and so were the cocktails (Try the busters juice!). It's as good of a setting for a work dinner as it is for a romantic date. I will be back as soon as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crave is a must when I'm in NY
    TravelingEaterVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Best oysters in town. Love the neighborhood feel with the top notch food and helpful friendly staff. Crave is a must when I'm in NY. And nice owner, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Excellent selection of oysters and you can't beat the happy hour price! Excellent food and service! Would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    BillVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This is a great find in midtown. Dishes were excellent and unique making this a very enjoyable evening experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints!
    HedgehogVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Has to be one of the best fish places around for the quality and creativity of the dishes. Everything is stellar, not just the freshness and preparation of the seafood itself but also the attention to detail on the sides and sauces, as well as the presentation. A memorable dining experience. The room is dark and a bit cramped, and service can be a little quirky (though always well-meaning) but who cares because you will be in heaven from the food. Light-years ahead of the overrated BLT Fish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy andEnergetic:Is that possible?
    SeafoodLovers
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    It wasn't first time we were here, we will be back soon, definitely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good innovative food
    ilaria
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Went with a friend, we're looking for a simple but good meal. This absolutely hit the spot. The decor and ambiance was more vibrant than expected, so that was already a plus. The menu had innovative twists to dishes, without being too whimsical. Prices were pretty decent for seafood and wine in New York, too. Service was attentive and helpful, not pushy at all. Thumbs up
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In Cod We Trust
    LindsayJVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Crave Fishbar has a great menu with a wide variety of seafood options. One tip: the menu online is a bit different from the one at the restaurant. I ordered the Local Diver Scallops (tomatillo avocado salsa, charred corn, butter lettuce) and they were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Oysters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Happy Hour is fantastic! Such a good way to ease into the night!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A little from column A
    DGNYCVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    So I made a reservation and upon arrival I was told that the kitchen was closing at 10pm. Mind you my reservation was for 9:45pm. I hate when restaurants do that. I sat down, called the friend who was running late and picked out some items from the menu for us to share. I got the order in before the clock struck 10pm. Some appetizers were amazing like the tomato and blue crab while others were unbalanced like the calamari. We shared the tuna entree which was off the charts wonderful which made up for some of the lackluster dishes. Thankfully the server was terrific and help make an evening that started out on the wrong foot end up okay. I will probably be back because Crave is around the corner, but I wouldn't make a special trip.
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  • Delicious as always
    JojoVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We love Crave Fishbar's creative and interesting menu. We have never had a bad meal here. The fish is fresh and delicious and the wine list is interesting. My husband loves the restaurant's Cheladas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    Howard53
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Started dinner with shared plate of two dozen oysters and then had the lobster curry as the main course. Great dinner all around. Wines were quite good as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Couldn't quite get it together
    RickVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Sorry, I can't recommend this place. Ordered the roasted cauliflower soup. It was so heavy and fatty I felt like I was eating a bowl of lard. Ordered the poached hake. It took a while to come out, and then it was room temperature. I told the waiter, and he was very nice, but said, "Yeah, when you poach fish it doesn't get very hot. We get that complaint a lot." He gladly replaced it with the salmon, which was fine, but not memorable. Really didn't enjoy my meal here.
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  • Tuna
    sobepsychVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Really well prepared rare tuna dishes. Fresh, simply presented fish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a homerun!
    VeggieVixen
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Loved this restaurant ever since it opened. It's a big favorite and everyone I bring there - friends, family, work colleagues - all have found the food outstanding and the restaurant itself very beautiful. They are quite accommodating with any dietary restrictions and have a great cocktail list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Most food very good. One main (of 4) ordinary. Slow service on cocktails but overall enjoyable.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • best dollar oyster
    RestaurantWeekLover
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    best dollar oyster happy hour! must make reservation to secure table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic fish and service
    jennymac80
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    What a lovely restaurant. I went with a companion who is suffering from some dietary problems. The waiter was patient and talked us through the menu, pointing out how the restaurant could amend certain dishes for her. The food we received was lovely. Great calamari.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must for fish lovers.
    fishfanatic
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Whether you enjoy raw or cooked fish, this is an excellent restaurant, with imaginative combinations reflecting Asiatic influences, as well as classic simple dishes. The atmosphere is loud and lively, which reflects the neighbourhood where the restaurant is situated. The range of drinks is extensive and well suited to the dishes offered. The service is excellent and the wait between ordering and the food arriving was very short.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday dinner
    crysthalized
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I took my best friend for her birthday. We sat outside on the second floor. Its cute and quaint up there. They have an interesting cocktail selection to start the night off with. Dollar oysters from 5 to 7 is a must. Carlos our wonderful waiter recommended the fried calamari, it was one of the best Ive had and Im not a big fan of most fried calamari. The scallops were cooked just to the right temperature and so was the salmon. Dessert was an amazing warm giant chocolate chip cookie with ice-cream on top. We ordered a second one immediately after devouring the first one. My friend and I were not rushed to leave and stayed a while chatting. I would definitely return in the near future for another girls night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Oysters!
    FoodyholicVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I love oysters and I like the fact that they have an average of 15 kinds to choose from. Their dishes are well prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • W left hungry
    Justcato
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    After having both apps and entrees, 3 out of 4 of us were still a tad hungry when we left this restaurant. The bill was almost $400. This was highlighted by the serving of tuna, for $30, as an entree. It was, quite literally, THREE small slabs of seared fish. Definitely an appetizer portion, masquerading as dinner! My curried lobster was a little more substantial, but I was shocked that they did not include rice with the dinner. When I asked the waiter, thinking he had just forgotten it, he asked me if I wanted to order some! Unbelievable! This place is just too cool for school. It was packed with twenty somethings, who must have eaten before they came.
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  • Happy Hour
    NeighborhoodgemVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We love this place for happy hour- half price oysters and champagne. Excellent choise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sea food gem
    DiningKingVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fantastic and fresh oysters and clams. Perfectly chucked. Tasty appetizers specially the calamari, best in town. Fresh fish always excellent. Grouper Mahi Mahi snapper always fresh and perfectly cooked. You can make a meal out of a few appetizers or traditional dining. Always delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great happy hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Half price bottles of sparkling and $1 oysters are the best part! Wait staff is friendly, knowledgable and attentive. Apps and entrees were great as well - definitely recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh fish prepared well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The fish is perfectly prepared. Fried selections were lightly coated and expertly cooked. It was a good value and the service was friendly and professional. I was pleased to find such a charming lunch spot.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Oyster/seafood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Loved it- food was delicious- the noise however was a constant buzz so not for intimate conversation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Had a pretty long wait time for the food and we got one bad clam, but over all it was pretty good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate