Crave Fishbar - Midtown

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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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#Oystergram Happy Hour

NYC's best oyster happy hour featuring $1 and $1.50 oysters. Up to 20 oysters offered with cocktail, beer and wine specials from 5-7 PM.

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vipJillS
Birmingham
22 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite places. Food is great, service wonderful and all around a great group who run this restaurant. Definitely give it a try. You will be thrilled

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant place. Great ambience, wonderful service, quality food.

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vipAnnaN
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! The salmon taco’s, the drinks, the oyster happy hour - things dreams are made of!

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ToniC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tostadas are incredible as in the barracuda. Definitely try them!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great experience. Perfect merging of neighborhood pub and fancy restaurant. The oysters were salty, briny deliciousness. The fish tacos were amazing. Everything was really terrific. The martinis were cold and perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cute place. We had a great time. Good food, drink and ambiance!

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vipMare
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service consistently good. Noise level can be an issue on busy nights but it’s worth it for the overall quality!

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vipcp123
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem. Amazing happy hour oyster special. All of the food is fantastic. The staff is very friendly. I recommend the salmon tosadas and the calamari. Really can't go wrong with anything on the menu. The fries are fantastic!

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vipRino
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The menu changed and also the flavor and taste also keeps changing. It was good the very first time and every time we went back it was kit the same

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vipMichael
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I met a client there for the Oyster happy hour. It was great. The food and service were first rate. The problem came later. The problem was with the front desk/seater. Although I made a reservation through OpenTable and checked in, I was reported as a "no show." And this despite the fact that I paid with a credit card, so they had proof I was there. So far, not the end of the world. My wife called the restaurant that evening to try to straighten things out. She spoke to someone who: refused to check the credit card receipts until my wife gave her the time, amount of the charge and what we had; then reported that I had actually double booked with my guest (not true); that the guest was named Steven (also not true); and so forth. Ultimately, she agreed to report me as having shown up (as I had in fact done) as an "accommodation." But not after essentially calling me and my wife liars. The restaurant, of course, has the opportunity to make this right. But they haven't tried to do that yet. So I am on the fence about ever going back, despite the fact that the rest of the experience was great. One irony is that this reservation was not even eligible for OpenTable points. Despite this, I would probably recommend the place to a friend, but with some misgivings.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you. Everything was great

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vipEarnestWill
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wonderful service! A new favorite spot for sure. Literally amazing... With gratitude!

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vipDiningOutDiva
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is so fresh and delicious that you won’t mind the noise level. The service was outstanding. Snapper was one of the best pieces of fish I ever had - just plain grilled, just delicious. Delicata squash side dish was heavenly. Warm cookie a la mode was worth every calorie.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love coming here. Server was super nice, as were the bussers. One of the best oyster happy hours in the city. Also: the fried fish sliders are PHENOMENAL. Great selection of wine and cocktails. Comfy seating with plenty of space and attentive service. Always down to return!

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vipGabrielL
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice fresh oysters and fresh fish

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SueW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Went on a Sunday night, so perhaps the food was not as fresh as usual. But the shrimp in the shrimp cocktail were absolutely tasteless. My friend ordered tartare which was brought to her without any bread--not even a cracker. We both got barramundi for the main course. It was tasty, but nothing special. Servers were pleasant and accommodating but the service seems scattered. For example, we both ordered cold appetizers-so why was one brought right away and we had to ask for the other before it came out?

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DanO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend Crave. Reservation process, ambiance, service, food presentation were all top notch. I’m looking forward to going back.

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Jacob
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly the best seafood I've ever had. Everything was incredibly fresh, well portioned, and well seasoned.

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vipAndreiM
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Hits and if I'm paying upper 20's to upper 30's for food, I don't imagine cramped booth seating. In any case, we had oysters during the happy hour and those were delightful! Really fresh! As for the main entree, out of the 4, only 1 could be rated as GREAT - the seared yellowfin tuna. All the ingredients went well to make the dish a winner. The cavatelli I just couldn't enjoy it because of the aforementioned reasons. So to sum it all, I feel the overall experience at this restaurant would prevent me from returning or recommending this place.

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vipOpenTableDiner
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!!!

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EdwardS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Found and booked thru OpenTable
Although it was Valentines Day eve and needed a table in 15 minutes got confirmation and when we arrived, we were showed to the table within 3 minutes, although there were few people waiting and were ahead of us.
Chose the place using distance, cusine, reviews, and availability criteria.
The food was absolutely gourmet - we loved it!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everyone was very sweet and checked on us constantly. Only issue was our reservation got pushed back 15 minutes

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DaleS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We went for valentines dinner. The portion size was very small for the price. Left restaurant still hungry and had to stop to eat somewhere else afterwards. Food quality was acceptable.

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MikeH
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I don’t get to go out for a nice dinner too often as our little guy keeps us so busy!
We’ve gone to this location twice and both times were amazing too to bottom. The service was excellent, the food was to die for, and the oyster happy hour can’t be beat!
Will absolutely be going back for our next date night. It’s now tradition!!
Thank you everyone for making our special dinners so special.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is lovely and spacious. The food was fresh and very well prepared. The staff was friendly and professional. I have absolutely no complaints and look forward to my next visit here.

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vipCitychick
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went with the family (including grandkids) for oyster happy hour and dinner. Great selection, taste and value. Wonderful lobster curry and seafood stew. We will return again and again.

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Itadakimasu
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious having it all mixed in would have been too much. Delicious otherwise. Tuna was magnificent, as were the apps -- pork belly and octopus.

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LisaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is outstanding. We had a table upstairs by the raw bar. Love the decor. Food and wait staff were excellent. We will recommend to others and will be back.

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vipfoodie23
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

As always, great dinner at Crave. All the appetizers were terrific and mains were great as well. Very dependable and creative dishes make for a fun dinner.

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JoanW
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Staff were great! I would recommend this restaurant to a friend. I’d go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good seafood products with innovative but simple servings!

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anthonyc
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

delicious, creatively cool menu and atmosphere!! strongly recommended

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good restaurant with very good food. A bit pricey, but reasonable.

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vipIndyDavid
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality and freshness of the seafood here is exceptional -- especially the west coast oysters. The preparations are simple and elegant, always highlighting the subtle flavors of the sea and never overwhelming them. It's expensive, but it's worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place - I would go everyday if I could. I typically go here solo, and they’re always so welcoming and helpful!

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MargaretW
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an absolutely fabulous time. Carlos and Ben could not have been nicer, more gracious or welcoming. The food was excellent and the service even better. Can’t recommend this place enough.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great causal atmosphere but feels upscale. If you like great seafood this is the place to be.

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vipNick
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Crave Fishbar is one of the best places to go for oysters and impeccably prepared fresh fish. the host and staff are friendly and helpful. we love the atmosphere and energy of this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, service, last minute reservation.

My birthday.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I was on a business trip and they seated me in a corner by the window so I can watch NY while enjoying a glass of wine. Food was delicious. They partnered with Monterey Bay Aquarium for sustainable fishing - this is BONUS for me. Weekday dining was mellow and quiet which is what I needed after a busy day. Will definitely come back to try other items on their menu

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