Crave Fishbar - Midtown

4.6
1407 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Happy Hour
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
Crave Fishbar Midtown is a vibrant, convivial restaurant in 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. Journey up to the 2nd floor and watch an army of shuckers plating raw bar platters. 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.
We were the first NYC restaurant partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium so that every single item on the menu is sustainable and all of our practices are to better our oceans.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm

Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am-2:30pm



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Phone number
(646) 895-9585
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Todd Mitgang
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Catering
Let us cater your luncheon, dinner, or office meeting. Everything from oyster shucking lessons to clam bakes at your beach home. From NYC to Montauk we got ya covered. Inquire with Elizabeth Rushing from our events department at (646) 895-9585.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
50th St
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Parking details
Lexington and 53 St (E, M) 51 st (6).
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Public transit
Lexington Ave and 53st. E,6 Train M15 Bus
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

We are conveniently located in midtown. Our private room is the ideal setting for your next luncheon or dinner event. Holding 8 to 80 people, we are versatile enough to host your cocktail parties or private dinners.

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What 1407 People Are Saying
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

FANTASTIC! From the time we were greeted, seated, watered, and cocktailed, we felt very cared for and catered to. The entire experience was positive. Our servers Joshua and Ana were incredibly attentive, knowledgable and fun. We shared the yummy kale salad, and I ordered from the raw bar for my main course - my husband ordered from the main menu - yet our orders were perfectly timed. Do yourself a favor and grab a bite here. There is street dining options, indoor options, bar options and on the 2nd floor there is a special and magical outdoor veranda outside and inside there's a raw bar and great seating...good vibes, lighting and music too. - We loved it. - Ingrid and Karl!

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SF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

I went for my friends birthday-party of 3. Ambiance was nice felt like you were in an old nautical saloon. Raw bar and seafood selection okay. I ordered the squid ink spaghetti with the shrimp. I asked if it were possible to add lobster and was not due to the lobsters being already cooked... The food is creative but over compensated with too much spice where you lose the natural flavors! Overall food and cocktails were good. Service not so much(wasn’t busy on a Sunday evening). The waiter was unattractive. I would go back only because I love squid ink pasta. Not for the service.

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I
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fresh seafood that is prepared well with interesting and tasty flavors

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T
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We were there on a Thursday night. Upon arrival, we saw a couple of empty tables, but were told they were "for reservations only" and were told to wait. While waiting, I made an Open Table reservation on the phone, and once I showed them that, we were shown to a table. To start with, I ordered a glass of wine. Twenty five minutes and a couple of inquiries later, still no wine. The waiter, Jordan, said: "I can show you where it is!" He pointed to the computer: "It's in the system!" Unfortunately I cannot drink computer wine. He then said that everyone else has also been waiting a long time. When I asked for the manager, the wine was immediately delivered. Food (which were good) and check also came slowly. Despite the good food and an apologetic manager, I will not likely come back due to the painfully slow service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Food took 1.5 hours to get to us.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We went for happy hour which had $1 oysters. They require u to finish them before u can order another round. We were only able to order 2 rounds, the 2nd order took a long time to come out. We also had watermelon sangria, French fries, Brussels sprouts n calamari

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AR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent and the happy hour oysters were very good value.

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JR
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Another great dinner at Crave. Happy hour always provides a great deal on oysters and appetizers. Food is excellent and service is very good as well. The outdoor upstairs balcony seating is great on a nice summer day too.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

The food is good and we’ve been here several times. But tonight the service was indifferent at best. They had the air conditioning blasting and the people in our party were literally shivering. After asking our server three times if the air could be turned down a bit my husband asked the manager. They turned the air off for 5 minutes and then cranked it back up again. We also asked for rice to go with the Lobster curry. They forgot about it. We had to wait an extra 15 minutes to get the rice to go with the curry. They didn’t even apologize. Unfortunately, crave demonstrated tonight that they don’t care about losing repeat customers. Interesting business model.

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p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat! We met friends for a pre-4th of July fireworks dinner. Such a great vibe. Service was excellent and not overbearing. They kept us hydrated and never lacking for beer/wine. So pleasant! Food was great....really fresh and wonderfully prepared. And this foursome is quite the picky bunch! ALready making plans for a return.

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F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The delicious food was so terrific, we're returning as soon as possible.

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B
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really great at Crave Fishbar. Nice ambience, good service and delicious food.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great oyster happy hour 5-7. Actually get a good choice of high quality oysters, not just whatever they have leftover like most places

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BM
San Francisco
311 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Yes to One dollar oyster happy hour. And great value white wines too. Great calamari. But this time fish tacos disappointing. And shrimp were large but flavorless.

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LO
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was excellent. She helped guide the entire meal. She was knowledgable and fun. This was my second visit and everything was great once again! Food was amazing!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family was in town from CA. Crave was the perfect NYC dining experience; creative cooking, friendly community vibes, excellent service. Highly recommended!

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L
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Disturbingly noisy. The oysters and seafood is good but we were four at the table and could not hear ourselves talk. I don't know if I would go back.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Make sure you ask for Nancy. Nancy is AWSOME!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. I really like this place.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and drinks were delicious. The service was great and the server made very good suggestions. Overall, it was a great experience.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Order the cauliflower soup!

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d
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We have eaten in the Crave on the Upper East Side and thought we would try this one. Food quality was also excellent and service was outstanding (Justin)

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EP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

You can't go wrong with Happy Hour at Crave Fishbar - Midtown with the $1 Oysters and drink specials. This is a staple stop every time we visit NYC.

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Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating to special food allergies!! Enjoyable

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with reasonable price. Especially oysters.

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food at a great value
Well crafted and surprising seafood dishes

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable meal in a comfortable setting.

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K
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my daughter’s birthday. She has several food allergies but Crave made it easy to pick from the main menu and they offer a variety of delicious dishes that are GF.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I was on a Father’s Day lunch with my dad and both of us really enjoyed ourselves. The oysters were incredible and the presentation of the food was just stunning

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NY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The front desk hostess wouldn’t seat us outside even though there were tables available. She later gave preference to another party for the table we wanted.

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J
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in for a late bite and had a delicious meal beginning with a spicy michelada like only Crave can make!

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h
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was creative and very good. A great place for fish. Excellent choices of wines by the glass. I had the crab tostada appetizer and the roasted John Dory. Both perfectly prepared. The main distraction is the high noise level. Not a place for a conversation.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place. Excellent raw bar. Service was friendly and quick. Really delicious cocktails.

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PD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Had the market fish. Dinner was overcooked and tough I could not cut the fish.

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I have not given Crave Fishbar a good rating on this occasion. I have been to the restaurant numerous times and always had a great meal. Four of us went to the restaurant on Monday evening, Monday night is advertised as Monday Mussel night, we chose our starters and mussels for main course and was informed by the waitress that they had run out of mussels- this was at 7.30pm. So we all chose a different main course. The oysters we ordered came out but no sign of the 2 starters of octopus we had also ordered, the waitress then bought out the main courses and when we said we hadn’t had the octopus she said ‘ my fault I forgot to put that order in.’ We asked twice for some bread to start with and that didn’t materialize either. Very unimpressed as we like to take our friends to Crave when they come over on holiday to us, and just felt very let down on this occasion. Hopefully we will return soon and put it down to a one off bad night!

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M
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crave is HIGHLY recommended!!! We absolutely loved everything we ate and drank. I would definitely order the crab tostadas and lobster curry again-still thinking about it a couple of days later-YUM! The ambiance was perfect and service was amazing.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting NYC. Great service and wonderful food and drink. Cute neighborhood.

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JE
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They have a very unique menu and excellent execution of it. Their seafood is very fresh and prepared perfectly. The venue is quaint and nice, but slightly loud. Service was very good.

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JM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I were visiting from Chicago and found Crave through a Google search, and we were not disappointed! Both Caitlin and Nancy took great care of us out on the patio tonight. They were both incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and curated a great experience for us. We got the Shark Platter off the raw menu to start, which was fantastic, and the Barramundi and Seared Tuna for dinner. Absolutely to die for! We both loved our alcoholic beverages too! Dessert was the milk and honey cake and a glass each of the Tawny Port. What a great find! If we find ourselves back in NYC, we will definitely try to come back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very happy I made a reservation at Crave! Delicious appetizers and entrees, good wine, and fun atmosphere!

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