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Crave Fishbar - Midtown

4.7
1333 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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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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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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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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mom with a seasonal 3 course brunch with options for each course for $40 from 11-3pm.DIshes like Fish tacos al pastor, 6 lettuce caesar salad, lobster benedict along with our super fresh raw bar and brunch cocktails. Happy Hour 3-5pm. No pre-fixe menu for dinner starting at 5-9:30pm.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1333 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined on November 20, 2016

Beautiful setting, nice dishes, a bit pricey but maybe not out of line with nicer, smaller, midtown NY restaurants (four drinks, two apps, one split entrée and good tip was $130). Bartender was friendly but not super attentive; we missed her the first time and couldn't get her back for more than 10 minutes at a relatively quiet (but very long) bar. Waitress was nice but not overly helpful with guidance on the menu. I had the autumn salad which wasn't particularly interesting or flavorful -- basically fancy coleslaw. My companion had the crab tostadas which were great, as was the curry lobster that we split. Would definitely return.

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4.0Dined on November 20, 2016

Love the brunch here. Great food and coffee. I wish the portions were a little bigger. Eggs come with one small piece of bread- could really use another piece.

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4.0Dined on November 19, 2016

I was told that this was a good place for fish and it was. The seared tuna was great! My husband loved his salmon. My daughter requested the tuna with none of the sauce that was listed in the menu. The waiter suggested ""simple fish" and it was that. The tuna was perfect. We also ordered the roasted brussel spouts, they were also really good. If you want a casual place in the neighborhood, great food - this is it!!!

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2016

My husband and I ate here on 11/19/16. We were there during happy hour. The food was phenomenal. There were 15 different oysters on the $1 happy hour menu. Tried all of them and they did not disappoint. Also had the crab tostada. Our entrees were the swordfish, the best I have ever had, and the barramundi, also very good. Cocktails as well as dessert rounded out a perfect evening of food.

Although we enjoyed the food very much, our server Norah, made this an evening to remember. Service can often be hit or miss. Norah is a gem, and made this trip to Crave an experience we hope to repeat.

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2016

The main entree and the drinks were excellent. I got the salmon with white beans. However I ordered a side of garlic rice and it wasn't that good. It seemed like it was starting to burn at the bottom. Overall, I had a wonderful experience. I would definitely go back again.

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2016

These guys know how to deepfry! No raw oysters though

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2016

A small but very nice place to eat delicious fish and seafood. Food, ambience, service was fantastic - the only thing that could be improved is the temperature in the restaurant. The AC was running, so it was pretty cold inside.

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2016

The oyster happy hour selection and quality were phenomenal. The special crab tostada was 4 small round corn chips - like 4 individual Tostitos - with some shredded lettuce on each one, really no flavor. Where was the crab? For $16?! Otherwise it was very good, but we could have gotten a whole bag of Tostitos for the price of one of those chips!

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2016

Outstanding service, great wine, great food. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2016

Really enjoyed the lobster curry and the tequila cocktail that was just the perfect amount of spice. It did take us a while to get our drinks each time we ordered a round, but the food came out in the right amount of time. A little bit expensive for what you actually get, but everything tasted delicious.

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2.0Dined on November 5, 2016

forget this place
FOOD IS NOT RECOGNIZABLE.
WAY TO COSTLY FOR WHAT YOU GET.
What was that lobster dish? My piece of fish was soooooo samll I almost missed it.
Three people got the swordfish. had better for less many times.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2016

Great oyster selection and nice wine list - the fish is, no surprise, excellent, and our server was very good, both times we have eaten there. This is a place we will continue to return to.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2016

We truly enjoyed our dinner and the raw bar was incredible and compared to our experience the following nite, we wished we were back @ Crave. We will be back with our next trip to NYC.

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2016

Food and Service were great. Upstairs IMPOSSIBLE to hear, however - there are three owners reportedly - and not one of them apparently knows Simply to install sound cushioning on the four hard flat wall/ceiling/floor surfaces (one is brick!). Cacophonous nightmare.
We had to sit (in cold)outside on the beautiful balcony for an otherwise wonderful dinner and civilized conversation.

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2016

The ambiance is casual/rustic, but the food is absolutely top notch. White shrimp ceviche was outstanding, as was the Barramundi with pomegranate gremolata served over a thick cut roast cauliflower. Great ingredients, creative kitchen. Lots of gluten free options too. Good cocktails.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2016

We booked our reservation for Friday night at 8:15 but half of us were running late so we sat down and waited for our friends at our table without any complaint from the staff, which was a pleasant surprise. We ordered drinks which were great and a ton of oysters (all super fresh and delicious). The mains were pretty good as well, but the highlight were certainly the large selection of oysters and the nice atmosphere. And they did a little birthday celebration for my birthday!

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2016

We LOVED this place! Food was so in refibly fresh and atmosphere really fun! Our waitress was just fantastic!

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4.0Dined on October 26, 2016

Lovely decor, great staff
A bit of an issue giving us a booth, then sat several other couples in booths?
Clams & Oysters great
Other dishes equally well done

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4.0Dined on October 25, 2016

really tasty, great service, and a perfect balance of special-but-not-stuffy.

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3.0Dined on October 25, 2016

I've had much better experiences at Crave Midtown in the past. The last two times the service has been lacking. Glasses and utensils have been missing. Not sure whether it was due to a high volume of diners or simply because they hired a very unprofessional staff.

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2.0Dined on October 24, 2016

The oysters selections and price are fabulous for happy hour.
The regular menu and wine by the glass prices are reflection of midtown NYC prices.
Service was so so, not professional or great. Waitress never refilled my water or offered ice for water.

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3.0Dined on October 23, 2016

I was searching for a restaurant not far from the UN, so I gave Crave a try. The space is typical for Manhattan--very small and narrow with everything wedged in as tightly as possible. The place was packed driving an elevated noise level. Since I was by myself, I was seated at the bar. I realize the need to maximize revenue, but one less chair would have made a world of difference. I was elbow to elbow with my neighbors. At first, I was a bit uncomfortable since I appeared to be about 20 years older than everyone else there, including staff. (I'll be 58 in a couple of weeks, btw). However, Christian, the bartender, was very friendly and made me feel at home. Despite the fact that things were busy, we had a fair amount of time to chat. I ordered the porgy poke as an appetizer and tuna au poivre as an entree. The poke was flavorful, colorful, and offered a variety of textures. Even allowing for the use of porgy instead of salmon, the dish tried too hard to be Hawaiian. Adding mac nuts to the recipe doesn't make it so. The tuna was enjoyable thanks to a snappy au poivre sauce but the fish itself was a bit overdone. I felt portion size was skimpy for the price. Crave is not cheap--everything came to $100 just for me. By comparison, I dined at an upscale sushi restaurant the following evening just a few blocks away. The tab was the same, but it was for two. There are too many other great restaurants in Manhattan that offer better value to go back to Crave.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2016

Food is fresh and tasty, really good service, i just wish the level of noise could be a little lower

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2016

Always enjoy Crave. We love the oyster happy hour. Best presentation of great oysters in NYC. Service was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2016

#oysterhappyhour is divine! Large selection of oysters, east and west coast. I come here very often. Service, cocktails, and atmosphere are enthusiastic! Must try!

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4.0Dined on October 15, 2016

Excellent seafood meal. Had the seafood tasting plate with crab claws, oysters, clams....all terrific.

We had the Faroe Island Salmon and the Schnapper which were both excellent.

Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on October 13, 2016

Very fresh fish and good service. Particularly enjoyed the seared tuna entrée.

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5.0Dined on October 11, 2016

I love the oyster happy hour!!!!

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4.0Dined on October 10, 2016

Upstairs loud and very slow service. Shame because the fish was excellent ( we had the Tuna and Salmon)

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3.0Dined on October 8, 2016

Oyster HR is phenomenal with many options for $1 each. Food was good - everyone was satisfied with their meals. Lobster curry was good, not great. Drinks were tasty, particularly the caipirinhas, but very slow to come out. Maybe they were understaffed, as the service in general was pretty slow. Pumpkin pie was a big hit. Not sure if I'll be back for dinner, but will definitely return for happy hour oysters and drinks.

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2016

Really loud! People at table next to us got up and left because if it'

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2016

Love this place! Food is good and all of the staff is friendly

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2016

Always a great pick! Fantastic fried oysters! Very fresh and well done seafood dishes.

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2.0Dined on October 5, 2016

Pretty mediocre
Slow to greet us at the table
Oysters were ok with sauces pretty standard
Seared yellowfin tuna tasteless over sort of a creamed kale not a good dish my friends salmon was so-so agsin flavorless
The acoutics are terrible my friend finally had to stand next to me to talk so we could hear each other
It's weird because the Crave on the UWS was really good

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2016

Fantastic seafood, consistent service, staff with great attitude, and if you catch the oyster happy hour 5-7pm, it's an unbeatable value, hands down. I make it my business to stop by there any time I get off work in time.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2016

We are local and this is on our list of favorites. Fresh seafood, creative preparations, friendly service. Squid ink pasta is a stand-out. Can be a bit cramped, and the upstairs can get noisy. We prefer downstairs in the back, or the bar high tops.

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4.0Dined on September 27, 2016

Went for oyster happy hour. Nice selection and good cocktails. A bit noisy for sit down dinner.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

The food was fresh and beautiful! the staff was very nice, helpful and knowledgeable !

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2016

Best HH oysters in town!

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2016

Terrific food and consistently a great choice for lunch, lobster salad was amazing

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