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, 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. Join us for our weekend brunch from 11:30-3:30 with our take on breakfast classics and heartier lunch items. And why not add our bottomless #drinklikeafish option where for you can enjoy select beer, wine, and cocktails for $18 for 90 minutes

Specials

#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

What 1251 People Are Saying
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OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful fresh fish and unique vegetable accompaniments. Friendly, efficient service. Highly recommend!!

J
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for the 5-7 Happy Hour where we had a bottle of a nice Pinot Noir (yes, a red wine!) and outstanding selection of oysters. In fact, we had three dozen outstanding oysters. They have a lengthy list of choices of mostly East Coast oysters (our preference) at "Happy Hour" Blue Point oyster prices. The upstairs section (UWS) with chair and table seating usually has a less vigorous noise level than the downstairs area where the seating is bar stool height. On this particular evening the upstairs was closed for a private party and as time went on the noise level got louder and louder and so we left. A couple seated next to us ordered dinner and said the lobster curry was excellent. We were there, however, for the oysters and were in bliss.

DN
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed Crave. The James, our server was helpful and nice and fun to talk to. The noise level was perfect -- one of us has trouble hearing and he hates noisy rooms. The food was delicious and service was quick without being too quick. We'll be back.

KJ
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service on a busy night. Excellent food. Great atmosphere. We will be back!

UW
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I've loved this place in the past. I was a little less enthusiastic about this recent meal . Nothing seriously awry, everything just a bit less remarkable, not quite as well cooked. A side dish of corn and potatoes struck me as a misfire. Service was GREAT; noise level a bit trying early in the meal, better (obviously) as the evening wore on and some of the tables cleared. Generally I'd recommend the place, but I found myself a bit disappointed by the food on Monday.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Fish/seafood on the UWS. Always solid! Mussels on a Monday! awesome and Fish tacos are fun too.

RA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good experience after we got passed some seating challenges... but

G
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always love food and service. A little too noisy, especially in the front of the house.

G
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorites!!! Waitstaff was helpful in wine and food selection.

S
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had an enjoyable experience at Crave Fishbar. We liked the dinosaur kale salad. Both fish dishes that we ordered were unique and delicious- one was the Seared Market fish and the other was the Miso glazed Baramudi. Our server seemed less than attentive. There was a long wait to take our order after delivering the menus and a long wait to deliver the check. No coffee or dessert was ordered.

CW
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very heavy on the salt.

MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
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
7 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
41 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

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