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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

service

4.5

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4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Healthy (11)
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Pre/post Theatre (9)
Romantic (9)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

I was disappointed in the food. It was average, at best, and under-seasoned. The lobster salad was a few pieces of lobster, unchopped, and a huge bowl of lettuce with some avocado at the bottom. Nearless tasteless. There are too many great restaurants in NYC for me to recommend this one after my experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Really noisy! Food ok, service slow. Pricey for what you get

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Had a wonderful time with my wife for our anniversary, the staff is amazing and so helpful the Chef and food are amazing definitely will be heading back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Lunch was delicious. Service was ok but they forgot to leave off aioli on a sandwich and prepare the other one without bread. No big deal but it just took a couple of extra minutes. Thankfully food is worth the wait.

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

We had a girls night out, starting with their Happy Hour oysters sampler and cocktails followed by dinner. The oysters were fresh and a bargain at $1 each. Our other favorites were the handmade squid ink and shrimp pasta - light, fresh and tasty, and the coconut creme brûlée. The miso glazed seabass was ok; the fish was fresh but the miso glaze was extremely salty so we scraped it off. Our server was excellent, water continuously refilled and we didn't feel rushed. Ambience was casual and relaxing and you can talk and be heard.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The two fish options we had were creatively done. Definitely worth the walk cross-town. Oysters for happy hour was their bait! We'll be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Great Happy Hour. Excellent price and selection of Oysters,

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Such a great happy hour deal in Midtown! Dollar oysters, east and west coast, and wonderful drinks and small plates.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Love this place! The fish is cooked perfectly! I got to sit outside which was great and the service was fabulous!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Excellent lunch . Avocado toast, fish tacos and tuna tar-tar which two of us shared.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Casual, Happy Hour, Fun, Tapas
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on August 29, 2017

OK meal; wouldn't return as when I go out I prefer to be able to relax and enjoy some "downtime". The noise level got in the way of this.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Really enjoyed our dinner. Cherry stone clams were sooo good. Preparation was topnotch. Will definitely return next time in nyc

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Service and atmosphere good, food ... trying too hard to be special. Just not ... for me.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great oyster happy hour, and great food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

We are local and eat here about once a month. Food is excellent, particularly oysters. Really only two issues prevent 5 stars: VERY noisy, particularly upstairs, and bills are very high. Downstairs is a bit quieter, and if you can score one of the outdoor tables, you'll be fine (though that's not easy). We shared a dozen oysters, salad, poached cod entree and dessert with a total of 4 glasses of wine: $200 bill. Just too high.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

probably the best oyster happy hour in the city - they don't nickel and dime you, all oysters are $1 between 5 and 7PM. the rest of the menu is strong, although not cheap. but to be expected of a place that transacts in high quality seafood. another excellent dinner, and will be back.

Tags: Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Oysters are cheap and great during happy hours, but the wait time between courses were too long...I would only order oysters next time. Overall this is a nice happy hour place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

The oyster happy hour is the best! Pete was absolutely amazing, we loved him!

Tags: Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Organic, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great place for seafood!! Our server was fantastic and very knowledgeable about their product. The Octopus was amazing. The only downfall was the crab legs that came with the shark platter. Maybe it was a bad batch but I'd switch them out for more shrimp if I had the choice. Would definitely go again!!!!!!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Barramundi was spicy and delicious, as was the side of watermelon with feta. No TV screens was a feature, as was the relative quiet. Waitress gave good recommendations and service was prompt. Overall a very pleasant experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

They were flexible accommodating our early arrival. Our server was very friendly and attentive. There is a good variety of wines by the glass or bottle, some of the options quite interesting. Slightly overpriced but not too dramatic. Food was incredibly good, with the only exception of the oysters which were just OK. The portions are perhaps a bit smaller than we expected for the price. We shared a few things and the crab toasts and he grilled octopus were probably the best two items we tried. The place itself is small but comfortable, and the atmosphere is really nice. Would definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual, Seasonal, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Outstanding menu and they pride themselves on sustainable seafood. Fish tacos are not to be missed!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Great calamari and squid ink pasta. Very friendly and informal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

So glad I came here - it's going to be my new midtown/after work dinner spot

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We had a few problems with small portions, but the manager was able to correct the kitchen's mistakes.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 17, 2017

My husband and I loved this spot! We came with our baby and they were very accommodating. It's very lively, the food is extraordinary (the oysters and cod are divine), and the service is superb.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Liked it a lot

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

We were excited to visit after reading an article about the chef in the alumni magazine from UB. We were disappointed. The shrimp (cocktail) was overcooked and bland; the cocktail sauce didn't add anything to elevate the shrimp. The shrimp were served on salad that I couldn't understand why it was included. I had the cavatelli for my main and my husband had the cod. The portions were HUGE. The pasta was cooked well, however the sauce lacked depth. It just tasted like something was missing. My husband enjoyed his choice. The kitchen sent out a complimentary watermelon salad with our mains and it was highlight of the meal. The wine I had ordered to arrive with my main didn't arrive with the food and we had to remind the server, then it took a while to show up. Both the first and second floor areas were very noisy and the tables are close together making it difficult to carry on a conversation. The service was unrefined.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Excellent for sustainablely sourced seafood, happy hour oysters.

Tags: Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Excellent food in a rustic setting. The best cod I ever had and the calamari salad is unique and memorable because of of the mixture of ingredients.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Consistently great food. Good but limited wine list. Oyster happy hour a must - very fresh and $1 each!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Really great experience with friendly servive and creative food. Slighlty noisy but hey it was saturday night and 2 birthday groups!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Another really good meal at Crave-- Whether we eat at the midtown or UWS location the food is always good and well prepared, the service is always just right, and the ambience is nice, not too loud, not too quiet. The heirloom tomato salad and burrata appetizers were both excellent, and the salmon was perfectly cooked.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Delicious seafood. Really enjoyed all that we ate. Highlights include: the oyster happy hour, tuna tartare, and the milk+honey dessert.

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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Very fresh seafood and nice selection of healthy bites! Service is always outstanding. Also, drink specials are creative. Highly rrecommend during happy hours. Very loud though.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 7, 2017

Excellent cocktails and seafood menu with novel selections not seen elsewhere.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

great seafood and creative fish dishes. A bit on the expensive side but well prepared food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

As always the best place for oysters!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Loved, loved the food, can't wait to go back. And the service was lovely; we took a while to order and were there through a server shift, and were made to feel very welcome and comfortable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

All new sets of friends I bring describe their experience at Crave as the best in the city; obviously I agree

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