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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.

945 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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



Cross Street:
50th St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(646) 895-9585

Website:
http://www.cravefishbar.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Lexington and 53 St (E, M) 51 st (6).

Public Transit:
Lexington Ave and 53st. E,6 Train M15 Bus

Executive Chef:
Todd Mitgang

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

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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.

Crave Fishbar - Midtown Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.5

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4.4

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4.2

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Really glad we found Crave, recommended by a friend, all expectations were fulfilled!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

This is one of our faves. Incredible $1 oysters with a number of choices! How can you go wrong!

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Organic, Healthy, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food was delicious. Menu a bit esoteric but can order any fish grilled simply. Enjoyed everything!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Outstanding food and service was great. I had the Lobster special with shrimp and scallops and it was the best I have ever had. Nice wine list and well priced. I will go back the next time in NYC.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Had a great meal on a rainy night. Everything very fresh and fun. Great service.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Birthday dinner with my dad, overall a great experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Cold by the door. Didn’t love my entree.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Food was good varied menu service good relativelyquiet

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Amazing happy hour. Cant beat the oysters! Will definitely come again!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food as always is quite good. The service upstairs is uneven with waits for drinks while they still pour water and food temps coming uneven. I have had better luck downstairs.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Oysters and cocktails during happy hour were a great deal and the oysters are quite fresh, it does get quite quite crowded so reservation at peak hour is a must!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Cannot wait to go back. Wish I had a lobster salad in front of me right now.

Tags: Seasonal, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Always consistently good. I find myself here at least once a week. The staff is amazing especially Paulina

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

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!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Must try fresh oysters. The charred octopus was also delicious. Great wine selection.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the excellent service. Recommend any of the tables right near the front of the restaurant, near the window. Bar area is noisy. Great place for seafood. Very fresh and well prepared.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Oysters on the Happy Hour Menu, $1.00 each before 700pm.
The Chardonnay is quite good- for $8/glass Happy Hour and $10.00/glass otherwise.
Grilled Octopus - delicious.
Seafood focus.
Upstairs seating as well. Happening place- great service.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Very attentive staff. Excellent food well
prepared.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

good place for seafood especially for oyster fans - happy hour $1 oysters

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Really cute atmosphere. The food was just amazing.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Wonderful food and great service! Highly recommended!!

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great service, great seafood, great drinks. My wife and I loved the casual, yet classy feel, and would recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Excellent gluten free options and my favorite oysters happy hour place!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

A gem of a restaurant in an area without many choices. Worth the trek even if you don't live or work nearby!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent seafood and oysters! Neighborhood gem. We would return when in the city.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Yum. Loved the place. the oysters were particularly delicious.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I love this place. Not sure why I ordered a burger at a fish spot, but it turned out to be one of the best burgers in the city. I’ve since gone back and had fish tacos and a salad. Everything was terrific.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 1, 2017

our dinner and service was excellent! We had a great octopus appetizer; delicious tuna and lobster dinners. Would definitely go back to this restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great food, had the fried fish sandwich and it was excellent. Service was efficient. All good

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Visiting NYC - recommendation from the hotel. Excellent restaurant

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Super service, amazing selection and flavour of oysters, very relaxing. Will revisit. Thank you.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great oysters, great service, nice atmosphere. Entrees were just ok. Desserts were ok.

Tags: Quick Bite
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