Crave Fishbar - UWS

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

We went because we were craving fish tacos. They were awful. I found three sizable bones in what was unidentifiable fish — it seemed like three different types of fish but none of us could identify any of it. We came to the conclusion that the tacos consist of the scraps and trimmings from other entrees, tossed with a random tasteless sauce. Truly awful and disappointing. Never again.

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JB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I brought friends there to experience the #oystergasm Happy Hour special, which was exceptionally delicious. Our server was very well informed on all the different types of oysters, and made solid suggestions. The food was delicious and fresh, and the prices during happy hour made it very affordable. I will be bringing friends there again soon for more oysters.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our dinner for 4 at Crave. It’s a fun, casual place with great seafood. I had the whole roast Branzino and it was delicious. I would definitely go again.

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c
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm already a fan of Crave on the east side, for fabulous oysters and well prepared fish. Went to the west side for brunch on the July 4th weekend, which may explain how quiet the place was (the east side is often noisy and crowded). Place really had the feeling of an oceanside place, quiet and leisurely, and the brunch food was delicious, if not as thoroughly 'fishy' as the regular menu. Two thumbs up!

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JL
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great. The waiters were very accommodating when we sent an appetizer back. The oysters were amazing, we ordered the Asian sea bass as an entree and THE DESSERT was over the top.

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JD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service and the best and freshest seafood in NYC are the norm at Crave.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is excellent. Best seafood restaurant I have ever tried.

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S
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The put a lot of effort into proclaiming quality, sustainability, etc. They should put more effort into the preparation of the dishes. Fair on all accounts.

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BB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lobster curry and jerk ribs very good. Fish tacos kind of mushy. Drinks were decent.

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R
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great deal on excellent happy hour oysters, snotty hostess.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great, service was excellent, smart and helpful.

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EB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Been here once before and decided to give it another try. The quality here is excellent, probably some of the best seafood in the city. The service was pretty good but a teeny bit slow and not as attentive as one would expect when it wasn't all that busy. The drinks and portions were a *bit* small for the money. I would take, like, half a star off at most for those combined. Otherwise, the sustainable seafood was excellent and super tasty. The service was *pretty good* and polite and funny. The carrot cake (if you're into such things) was a stand out. I would definitely go back.

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MA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Salmon was not served medium as requested.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good and interesting menu with an asian inspiration, excellent service and very good deserts

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E
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crave UWS is a fantastic neighborhood restaurant. The staff, the service the food are fantastic. Most important is that source of their fish is supreme. That means a lot to me.

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GF
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 4

We've always enjoyed the oyster "Happy Hour" at Crave, and think the quality of the oysters are first-rate. We unfortunately landed on a server who was truly horrendous: young bearded man with an English accent. We asked him to describe some of the oyster varieties, and he made a snide remark to the effect of it shouldn't really matter since you're getting the special price! He had no clue what he was serving, and no understanding of the the various oysters and their characteristics. Totally unacceptable and unprofessional at a restaurant such as Crave. As someone who works in the restaurant industry, it is my opinion that he should not be in a customer-facing capacity -- nor in the hospitality business! It will take me a while to get over his abhorrent behavior, and hope to do so soon so that I can return and enjoy what Crave has to offer.

On a positive note, we dined on a Monday evening, and were pleasantly surprised by the Mussels special, which was quite good.

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j
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love eating in the bar area vs the back room. Great Margaritas! Fresh oysters and clams, needed more West Coast Oysters selections. Food is very good and service is perfect.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Oysters for $1-1.50 during Happy Hour!

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S
London
40 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very good, reservation was honored on time, lovely ambiance and delicious preparation.

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HW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is consistently delicious, staff is very attentive, and space is large enough where you can hear everyone at your table. Highly recommend

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s
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

it's such a plus for the UWS--love their $1 oysters--staff is friendly and nice

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j
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food - the best oysters ever, and wonderful mussels.
Great service - Our super server recommended the perfect oysters to suit our tastes.
Lovely atmosphere ,choice of indoor and outdoor seating, like eating in Martha's Vineyard.
Crave UWS is our go-to restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go at least once a week!

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EC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This place had AMAZING seafood! Highly recommend the squid ink spaghetti. The service was just okay, but the food made up for that!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and cocktails. The desserts were delicious and everyone was lovely. Perfect service.

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T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for dinner..got there early and found Happy Out!
Had great drinks, wonderful appetizers , conversation, dessert and we were not rushed out! Great staff

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The happy hour is amazing. Fresh and delicious oysters with an excellent service.
I was able to book a table an hour in advance, but after a while the restaurant was packed. So anticipate that.

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K
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A superb brunch spot in the UWS! I highly recommend for anyone looking for a new place to brunch.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was absolutely hysterical and made our night fun

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XY
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good. We wish the menu was a little more varied and there were some specials but what they do they do very well.

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service needs to step it up. Paying top dollar demands top service. Needed to be a little more attentive and smiles, everyone, smiles.

Being told after you order that it will take 20-25 minutes to get your order of oysters from the raw bar makes no sense. You have 2 people and they can’t shuck oysters faster than that? (Although it was well worth the wait).

Drinks were under poured and therefore over priced. Order a bottle of wine instead of by the glass. Always more economical, but at Crave, a real necessity.

Overall experience was great and the food was outstanding. Would definitely go back.

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AD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Inattentive server, repeated requests for water refills, not
knowledgeable on the variety of oysters

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f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. No wait for table. Pleasant servers. Food was delicious. Everything was fresh from the oysters to the fish. Will be back

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NM
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started with Oysters and ended with fabulous desserts! Two of us had the Cod and thought it might be the best Cod they had ever had, the way it was cooked was outstanding along with the broth it was served in. I had the Barramundi and it was delicious and cooked to perfection!

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m
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, friendly staff, and phenomenal food. I will definitely be coming back

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SS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Would go back in a heart beat The rice dusted calamari..... out of this world and I am gluten free so it was a great treat

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MB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our party of three were all first-timers at Crave and we will be back We split the calamari and crab roll (the latter from the happy hour special menu)... both were fabulous although we all agreed the buttery toasted roll made the crab roll even more decadent. Yellowfin tuna and cavatelli pasta mains were outstanding; the fish taco dish was the only non-standout. People at a nearby table ordered barramundi; we will definitely try that upon our return. Service was attentive; we advised them at the outset we were headed to a show and they managed to our desired departure time.

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JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful. Again! Our server, James was helpful and kind as always. As good as always!

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k
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I recommend Crave with the understanding that noise can overwhelm all its great qualities, The bar is a sure bet, lots of buzz great value, excellent service. Folks come and go, eating the excellent oysters and you have a great half an hour. Sitting at a table for a full meal, absorbing the excessive nose level makes for a lesser experience.

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d
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Got there at 6:00 and ordered drinks and oysters to start. We didn’t get our oysters until well after 7. I ordered the cauliflower soup and my husband ordered the spicy spaghetti. Both had to be sent back to the kitchen because of the incredible saltiness. The waiter brought us the same dishes with apologies from the chef. Getting a waiter to get a glass of water was next to impossible without standing and waving. Don’t k kw what the problem was but it certainly was Not the pleasant relaxing evening diner out that we wanted.

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