Crave Fishbar - UWS

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Seafood
At Crave Fishbar, we source and serve locally caught seafood in a sophisticated yet fun environment. We are a sustainable, eco-conscious restaurant, using seasonal, organic when possible, ingredients that reflect our commitment to the environment and, especially, marine life. Our relationships with Long Island fishermen have been nurtured and supported through our sister restaurant, South Edison, in Montauk, NY and we were the first NYC partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, a national leader in ocean sustainability and charter members of the James Beard Foundation's Smart Catch Program.We are the home of #oystergram happy hour where we offer $1 oysters along with a selection of 16-18 bivavles from east and west coast from 5-7 weekdays and 4-6pm on weekends. Seasonal Craft cocktails and local beers along with wines on tap lend to the festive yet curated beverage experience.

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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 on weekdays and 4-6 on weekends.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 1, 2019

Ends: November 2, 2118

Availability: Sun 4:00PM-5:45PM
Mon-Fri 5:00PM-6:45PM
Sat 4:00PM-5:45PM

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Sun 8:30PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Thu 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Fri - Sat 9:15PM - 10:15PM

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CW
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Overall, a pleasant experience. However, the food was very mediocre. Everything was a little gloppy and undistinctive. The pasta with squid ink was the sure fire winner, so get that if you go.

MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really professional service, amazing cool. Great selection of oysters, nice menu, great cocktails

CT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall very pleasant. I thought the tables on the upper level were too close together for the bench seating on the sides. Hard to get in and out of without upsetting the neighbouring table.

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The cauliflower soup is delicious. The calamari is a little bland to be honest, but the entrees were delicious! We split the lobster curry and spicy squid. So good! We also had a bottle of Cabernet and it was not too heavy, perfect red to pair with seafood.

MD
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good but not Great.
I had expected more. Something sensational it it was just ordinary at best. Kind of dated too. Sliders? Are you kidding me? Guess the typical diner is a teenager. Don’t think I will do this one again.

l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GO! Such a great find on the UWS! Sunday brunch runs till 3:30! We had an awesome fried fish sandwich and the black ink spaghetti and shrimp was delightful, as were the Brussel sprouts. Refillable drinks for 90 minutes too! What a Deal!

CT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to Crave for Happy hour with friends. The fresh oysters were amazing! The staff is so friendly and helpful! They are knowledgeable and efficient would always recommend Crave to a friend!!

EF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellant. I had the tuna and my husband had the salmon. The fish was fresh, the seasonings fantastic and the service more than attentive. We had to wait just a few short minutes for a table, after making a reservation, and our hostess gave us free drinks as a thanks for our patience. This restaurant has a neighborhood feel and price yet a very high end quality to their food!!! I recommend this restaurant to everyone.

SB
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I always love Crave Fishbar. I would have given the food fivestars and I'm sure it deserved five stars for mot folks. But the baramundi was spiced so hot and I could not eat it, until I removed the skin and ate from the rest of the fish. I actually loved the flavor of the fish skin too, so I took big bites at he start. But the hot spice was too much for me. Maybe customers could have been warned so we could say to go light on the heat.

EP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Oysters. Service was super friendly and efficient. The flavors in the homemade ice creams (we chose fig, marshmallow, and salted caramel) were incredible, although they could have been smoother. I can’t wait to return!

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I’ve had many lovely meals here
mostly for brunch, lunch and
oyster happy hour. Dinner was
rather lackluster.

The Kale Salad was gritty but the
flavors were good. It was Monday and I had
the mussels in Miso which was tasteless.
Good frites. The fig ice cream was
insanely delicious.

I know you guys can do better!

ST
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently not only one of the best restaurants on the Upper West Side but in New York generally.

Go there for the oyster happy hour and stay for the transformative lobster curry (order with the griddled rice), or any of the other entrees or appetizers.

S
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Crave is one of the better restaurants on UWS - service is professional and always competent and the food is innovative and well executed. The barramundi and cauliflower soup never disappoint. Their focus on sustainably raised fish is great.

CM
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My second time to Crave was a letdown. The food was just okay. My first time was much better. Maybe Crave had an off night, but I will not rush back.

ML
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Great oysters and wines by the glass. Excellent service. Entrees seem pre-prepared. Excellent ingredients but seem to be held and reheated resulting in concentration of salt, which dominates otherwise fine seasoning. Nice place marred by lazy execution.

j
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Best seafood in town so far. Creative and tasty. Highly recommend.

JD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I hate to leave this review. Perhaps Monday is just a bad night to go. Server was not at all friendly nor was he helpful with menu selections. He seemed to be MIA whenever we needed him. Food quality was not what we usually experience here. Octopus was overdone and dry as were several of the other items we ordered. Unfortunately, this was a disappointing experience.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love Crave. The food and service is consistently the best!

JP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Very overpriced for the quality. Cocktails were good and interesting. Food itself was prepared nicely but the dishes themselves weren't that good. I was VERY disappointed with the seared tuna, definitely not worth the price. Would suggest save your money and go elsewhere.

RU
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent taste and variety - good value for a premium experience

EL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date with friends

LG
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Service wax horrible. Waiter totally ignored our table. It took repeated attempts to get him to recognize us and take our order. I have been to Crave many tmes over the uears and thoroughly enjoyed. This experience has totally turned me to ff

T
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Dinner with cousins. All the dishes were delicious. Our second server- I wish I knew her name- was great. My tuna with Mexican corn was outstanding.

MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This is the second time I dined at Crave (upper west side location). I didn't have a good experience after my first visit but kept my mouth shut because I wanted to wait until my second visit to see if the first experience was just an anomaly. Unfortunately, it wasn't. My second visit was even worse than the first one.

On the positive side the service is excellent so if someone from Crave is reading this, please do not take it out on our waitress because she was excellent. However that's where it ends.

The food is just okay and not worth the price. It doesn't take a lot to fill me up but my Salmon piece was so small I literally finished the entire piece I was served in 5 fork fills. It was buried in some other tasteless condiment which I didn't like. My guess is they presented it this way so you couldn't see how small the salmon piece was that they gave you. So I was basically still hungry after my meal which is why we ordered desert which was delicious.

The other bad thing is that I made a reservation so I could sit an actual "normal" table and eat. Instead they sat us in the bar area on high bar stools with our legs dangling (not good for my back) directly adjacent to a very busy staircase - so we had zero privacy and could barely hear eachother speak due to the loud noice and constant sound (and sight) of other diners going up and down the stairs that we were literally right up against. It was a nightmare.

I won't be going back here. There are too many other great restaurants in the area. Crave lost my business and I won't recommend them to anyone.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening! Best oyster shooters! Just great all around!

m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the restaurant. Our waiter was interesting and informative. The cherry stones were too delicious and helped us pretend it was still summer. Was catching a concert at the Beacon and the timing was perfect. My husbands 60th birthday and his branzino with fennel was his favorite ever. Was advised to go here by a friend who has known the owner since his childhood and we are glad we listened! Only wish we had had time for dessert

W
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had less than a perfect evening there b

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

They need a cat. I am sure they will fix the problem immediately.

ND
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service - a little pricey but worth it

ST
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been coming here since Crave opened on the UWS and have never had anything other than a divine experience.

JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A good seafood place in an area lacking chic dinner spots.

FS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

PLEASE STOP to send Latinos and African-American costumers to the back of your empty restaurant. This is extremely disrespectful, specially for a place that has almost no diversity at the client facing positions. The food was below average to mediocre, the service was slow and they couldn't care less about who was inside the restaurant. Horrible experience.

Crave Fishbar - UWS
Responded on October 12, 2019

Claims that we seat our restaurant based on race are hurtful & completely unfounded. The back of the space is often seated first because it accommodates larger parties & has booths & low tables, which are the most requested. If we actually did what you claimed (including our staffing), not only would the owners have to come up with the idea, the entire staff including managers would have to be complacent. In the most diverse city in the world, this would be a ludicrous way to run a business.

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M
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love you all.

RK
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

my favorite thing is happy hour buck a shuck and margaritas where the way they should be just lime juice and a little agave nectar and of coarse tequila.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Things were good once we sat down, but this wasn’t until a half hour after our reservation time and 50 minutes after the first 2 of our party of 4 arrived. They kept blaming it on a party that wouldn’t get up, who knows. They should have comped our bar drinks at that point but we don’t like to make too big of a fuss. Ultimately they brought out an unsolicited comp dessert (which added a star to the review) at the end of the meal. Hard to give a good review to a restaurant that can’t honor reservations and does the bare minimum for service recovery.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their food is very fresh and delicious. Whenever I have friends and family coming to visit the city I make sure we come here.

HG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Our waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful.

c
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

First time here and I love your place. Nice space inside, very welcoming and accomodating. Nice beer selection. Great happy hour. The portions are a little on the smaller side for me, but tasty. Will be back!

BL
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on a beautiful afternoon, and just had oysters and wine. The server was great - we let him select the oysters, and they were so delicious. Great happy hour, great location...highly recommend!

AL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Crave Fishbar UWS -- always yummy. If you're seeking a quiet-ish time, Sunday evening at about 8:00pm is probably a good bet.

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