About Crave Fishbar - Midtown
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.
New York, NY 10022
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Wine Bar
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Lexington and 53 St (E, M) 51 st (6).
Lexington Ave and 53st. E,6 Train M15 Bus
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
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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.
Crave Fishbar - Midtown Ratings and Reviews
Here's the scoop. The oyster Happy Hour is awesome; I see why so many comments revolve around that. Negative--2 dozen oyster limit (assuming per table). Positive--I lived in New Orleans for 7 years and had more than my fair share of oysters....never have I experienced such a panacea of oysters. It was awesome experiencing the variety and trying to taste and detect the differences with a friend who loves oysters as much as me....The spicy tequila oyster shooters were pretty delicious as well.
Another positive--the commitment to sustainable fish, etc.
Now the reason I couldn't rate this above a three is because, as far as the food goes, this is the end of the positives. Okay the grilled octopus was pretty good too. But my husband literally walked away in utter disbelief at how much we spent, having had, in his words, some of the worst food he's ever had for that price. The fries were literally meh, the fish tacos on the happy hour menu were absolutely a waste of time, tiny, and nondescript. The salmon was surrounded by flavor but it was not cooked well and they seemed to have forgotten the fish (and was teeny tiny). The salad was a good size and had some nice things going on with the figs and feta...but let's face it, a salad does not a restaurant make.
To end on a very positive note, the service was possibly near to the best I've ever experienced, especially considering this place was hopping. SUPER attentive and very patient and kind servers, didn't feel like they were annoyed that we came for happy hour and stayed 4.5 hours. Also they brought a birthday treat for my friend with a candle, which I totally didn't expect. So I would go back for happy hour with someone that reeeeally loves oysters; other than that, there are way too many other places to try.
Excellent! My wife always orders salmon given the opportunity. She very much enjoyed your presentation ("maybe the best"!). My poached cod was very good, however a tad under cooked.
The calamari appetizer was the best we've ever experienced! We didn't particularly like the closeness of table placement, but realize the dining space is limited.
We tried to enter at 4:45 pm for an early before dinner cocktail, but the door was locked. found a competitor nearby to escape the cold and participate in happy hour.
We had a wonderful dinner at Crave Fushbar. Our waitress was friendly,attentive and very educated on all if their dishes. We started with Oysters and prawns both wonderful. For entrees we had the lobster curry which is an excellent treat. Then we also had the tuna steak cooked perfectly and paired with a delicious spicy grain. Mood is upbeat. Small so make reservations!!
Our family of four (including kids ages 7 and 4) came here for New Year's Eve dinner (before the prix fixe kicked in) and had a wonderful experience. We had a quiet location, excellent and creatively-prepared menu items (with flexibility to modify as requested) and was surprisingly child-friendly, with a good (i.e., not chicken nuggets) kids' menu. Service was exceptional--knowledgeable and friendly. While we were probably the rare patrons who did not have oysters, the fish main courses were excellent. And desserts were exceptional as well (including the chocolate chip cookie, which even won over my daughter who amazingly is not a fan of chocolate chip cookies!).
I would highly recommend this restaurant!
The fried calamari, cauliflower soup, and fish slider were very good, but the oyster sliders were cold and the oysters used were small (too much veg on the sandwich). My sense is that the oysters were pre-cooked, kept cool in the fridge, and applied to the sandwich assembly when ordered. Not a good approach for oyster sliders as they should be made to order!
The saving grace, however, was that the floor manager was on top of things, took off food items from the bill that we didn't like, and we also came with a coupon.
I'd go back again as the food is quality; it just needs some helpful tips from diners and from those who've worked in the industry.
Have been many times to crave midtown. Unfortunately the last visit was a disappointment. Maybe we went too late? 9pm reservation on a thursday night was obviously clean up time. Sat at the bar as we usually do —Service was pretty spotty no one offered a dessert or another drink. The food was also not up to its usual excellent standards. Sad since i literally ~crave~ the barramundi and crudo plates
We had a 2:15 reservation, and the kitchen closed at 2:30, so luckily our waitress let us know to get our food orders in promptly. The lunch special (app, sandwich, and wine) for $31 was a good deal for the city. Small place and nicely decorated for the holidays. We all had fish and enjoyed!
Good Seafood is Hard to Find. I am Still Looking.
I wanted Crave Seafood to be a neighborhood gem, as promised, but it just didn't measure up. The food was ordinary. The noise level was challenging. The ambiance would have been OK had the food been better. We did have a very nice server. But it was not good enough to return.
We live in the neighborhood and this was our first time. Food is very, very good. Staff accommodating. Menu is a little spicy which is not necessary with such great fresh fish but if you wish they will prepare simply grilled fish. Octopus, Barandi, tuna all excellent. A little noisy but fun. Upstairs apparently quieter but no elevator and someone in our group moderately handicapped .
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