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
Had a fabulous dinner on Friday night for my daughter’s birthday. We started with oysters which were some of the best I’ve eaten. Had the Lobster Curry which was absolutely delicious. Our server was attentive and kind. Offered a special dessert for my daughter’s birthday. Will definitely go back!
It was my first time dining here and I met my friends for dinner. We were seated at a table upstairs, which was lovely. We arrived in time for happy hour and took advantage of the oysters and drink specials. Our appetizers and fish entrees were all cooked perfectly with a beautiful presentation and nice portion of fish, vegetables and toppings. I highly recommend and will be back again!
As first time guests, we were very pleased overall. Good food and service combined with a very pleasant staff always makes for an enjoyable experience. Booths were a little tight, although the host offered us a roomier table, but it was too near the door- not good for a damp, blustery day in Manhattan. Menu was limited, but choices were excellent. Everyone enjoyed.
Excellent range of superbly fresh oysters. Very well presented, on crushed ice with lemon wedges, and a variety of condiments on a plate. Narrower selection than the Oyster Bar in GCT, and minus its depressing atmosphere. Crave Fishbar is unpretentious and straightforward Following the oysters, two of us had delicious Thai lobster curry with equally delicious rice. So-so squid ink spaghettini reported by the third person in our group. When discussing wine selection, our server suggested we speak to Charlie, the manager, who asked smart questions e.g. if we were oyster purists (meaning lemon only) or liked them spiced, and recommended accordingly. Similarly, he suggested a wine which paired well with our lobster curries in particular. At end of meal, we all asked for fresh mint tea. We got warm cups of hot water with tea bags. The nearest they could get to that was exchanging the bags for some fresh leaves in a small bowl. That ought to be an easy fix.
I have come to Crave a few times. It has been on my list of favorite places to go to. They have an amazing $1 Oyster HH, Mussel Mondays, service and ambiance. Each time I have been here, the service has been top notch as well. It makes all the difference in the world. You can be in an amazing restaurant with amazing food, but if service is terrible, it affects the entire experience. I really appreciate the great servers you have. Everything is amazing! Top recommended choice.
Crave was a terrific foodie experience. Our fish was amazing. The Brussels sprouts are not to be missed. The space is tight in the front, as there was an event that no one told us about. The decor was retro chic, and had a very cool vibe. Service was good. My biggest issue was that we asked them to move the two two-tops together next to us so we could move away from the entrance (we had made a special occasion reservation) and the hostess told me that that was reserved for two parties... Not true. A very attractive group of three people from Spain showed up and they moved the tables together for them not 20 minutes after we arrived. We were a party of 4 with my teenaged daughter and my parents, so apparently we weren't cool enough to rate the two-top combination. So, for that I am docking them a few points for being cliquey. And it is too bad as the food is exceptional, a bit overpriced compared to other restaurants, but happy they are sustaining our oceans.
Service was terrible. Appetizers did not arrive so the waitress offered us dessert. Why didnt she offer us the food we had ordered. She knew she messed up all evening so she just avoided us. Was promised lobster salad from the lunch menu for dinner by the Friday night manager and they said he was wrong. If the manager is incompetent, no wonder the staff was also. What a total disappointment. Other than the oysters which were served mis-labled, everything was ordinary, The red crab salad for 18 dollars was sooo bad.. Nobody wanted it after one bite. Saw the owner on television and he looked like a nice person. We all felt really bad and left hungry.
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.
Went on a Friday night for oyster happy hour & dinner-definitely make a reservation as it was packed at 5:45 and it’s not a huge space! Oysters and cocktails were amazing and the $1/oyster happy hour is a great value. Ordered some food off their happy hour menu-grilled fish tacos and fried fish sliders and those were tasty as well. Attentive service.
Oyster lovers rejoice. We come here for the happy hour ($1 oysters) and stay for dinner everytime we are in town. They feature a changing mixture of east coast and west coast oysters. What is great is that you aren't stuck with a chef's choice but can select various types of oysters that you prefer. We usually order 3 dozen to 4 dozen oysters for 2 people. You can only order a dozen at a time. We usually order a bottle of Muscadet (not crazy about Prosecco as we find it too sweet for the oysters). For dinner we generally share a squid ink pasta or a market fish garnished with vegetables. Admittedly, the decor isn't posh, but $1 oysters make up for that.
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
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