Surfish Bistro

4.4
440 reviews
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$30 and under
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Peruvian
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Lima-born chef/owner Miguel Aguilar has assembled a menu of Peruvian favorites with an international twist. He’s been called a master of ceviche, taking cues from culinary traditions of Japan, Italy, Spain and China. He has won food network competition: Chopped, with the episode No Pales, No Problem.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Peruvian, Tapas / Small Plates, South American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(718) 788-8070
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Miguel Aguilar
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
14th Street
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Public transit
Trains F, G, R at 4th Ave/9th St subway stop
Additional
Beer, Delivery, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 440 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
4.3
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Best restaurant ever. Everything we ordered was amazing.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Great food and service.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Went for Mother’s Day dinner. Food was very good when it finally arrived, but the service was non-existent. Server recommended we not order appetizers because that would only delay dinner more than he already expected. Dinner took an hour to arrive and we were not offered bread or chips during the wait. We were not, by any means, the only table with such poor service. They seemed to have crammed extra tables in for this special occasion, but then didn’t have the staff on-hand to serve the dinner rush. At six guests, our table was on the smaller side. Very disappointing experience.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Good food, attention to detail in presentation. But little else. Enjoyed our time, might go back. You’ll enjoy it, but may not become an immediate “go to spot”.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was outstanding and so were the servers. The host (bartender) was not very pleasant but everyone else more than made up for her. Will definitely be coming back as it was kid friendly and did I mention the food was amazing.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

good food, but overpriced. Nice selection, no menu specials when we went. Interior surfaces are hard so the dining area is on the loud side (tho not intolerable). prices high for quantity served

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

We love this restaurant! Every time we go alone or with friends or family, we have a great time and the food is spectacular

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

I had the pineapple tuna ceviche to start which was well seasoned and balanced with very fresh tuna. For my entrée, i had the entrana tacu tacu which made me appreciate rice and beans [which i normally hate, but this was superb]. The steak was tender and seasoned to perfection and of course how can you go wrong with fried plantains. The service was a bit slow which was odd because it was mid-afternoon and not super busy but nevertheless a good experience.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Went here for brunch the food was exquisite but service was a bit slow. Good experience overall.

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Unacceptable noise level for 5 adults to eat dinner and talk. Maybe it is ok for a younger group who want to drink, hear loud music, etc.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

the food and service were both stellar! yumm! the prawns and ceviche, get them!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Really loved it!

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2.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Food was very good and we went through most of our meal wonderfully. However, this was all overshadowed by the extremely lowsy service. Our waitress came to our table twice during the entire service, once to take our orders and another because we called her over for more bread.

We alsofelt neglected and rushed. After asking a busser for the check (because the waitress was nowhere to be found for 15 mins), all of the plates were promptly taken away, one of which I wanted to bring home for leftovers. The entree was mostly untouched because my friend was not feeling well yet they did not even ask.

Food was great but I left feeling extremely sour over the experience.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Off the beaten path and worth the visit.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

II took my dad for lunch and we really enjoyed the food and atmosphere . The salad was enough for two, my main course was sea bass, my dad had steak. Both came with delicious vegetables. The food was flavorful, not salty. The waiter was helpful and friendly.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

My 3 daughters and I had a great time at Surfish to celebrate a birthday. The cocktails were delish, the food amazing and the staff was very friendly and professional. We loved the drum playing with the happy birthday song! Great place! Looking forward to going back soon!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Can’t go wrong with any of the items on the menu. Delicious cocktails!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was truly amazing. I rarely write reviews but am happy to do so to support such a wonderful, delicious and fun restaurant. Loved it and will be back again soon.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

From the chips served before the tapas to the entree each bite was a mouthful of flavor. I am so glad we finally decided to try Surfish as we are definitely coming back as we decided we will try all of the tapas.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Birthday dinner

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This place never disappoints. Yet to have one thing on the menu that wasnt great.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

GREAT FOOD BUT NOT SO GOOD SERVICE, VERY GOOD FOOD BUT SERVICE WAS LOUSY

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food and service are amazing, wish the location was more appealing, but worth the trip!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants!

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

I've eaten here many, many times and chef Miguel's delicious Peruvian food never, ever hits a bad note. The Pisco sours would be reason enough but definitely worth going out of your way to dine here.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food was actually quite good except the ceviche wasn't what I expected but did taste very fresh. All in all I would recommend. However, we had a very disinterested waiter who made us feel like we were bothering him by being there. That brought down our overall experience since we'd never been there and the food was'nt exceptional enough to make up for the service.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The food was very good, especially the black paella. We were eager to taste their ceviches which were excellent but rather small for the price.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

It was a great experience. We were seated as soon as we arrived. Although he second floor was closed, due to low restaurant volume, it was still cozy and great vibes/atmosphere. the waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and good choices for first timers visiting the restaurant. we enjoyed the lamb with quinoa polenta, the grilled, octopus and the steak and potatoes. it was all delicious. it left such a memorable taste I can't wait to go back. they also had live music.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The food taste really good and the presentation of the dishes are pleasing to the eye. Prices are good and food is fresh.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

food was excellent,service was very good,waiter was attentive to our needs.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Very friendly, comfortable atmosphere, mainly seafood and pork and vege but delicious! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Have been meaning to stop in like forever. Finally made it an occasion to celebrate a birthday .There were five of us ($300 with tip: 2 apps, 5 meals, 3 desserts, drinks). The service, food, ambience were all great. Will come back just for drinks as well some time - nice intimate looking bar.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Ceviche and brussel sprouts were my favs! Warm and welcoming place :) . Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Food was distinct and outstanding! Service was attentive, friendly and professional.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Luckily they were able to accommodate last minute reservations for Valentine's day. Big thanks for that save lol. The food is amazing!!! So many flavors and just pure delicious. Service was very slow and at times seemed like they were more focused on leaving at the end of their shift than on the tables. I noticed many tables took 20+ mins just for simple dessert. The food made up for it but service could definitely improve.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The best pisco sour ever. Better than any I ever had in South America Worth going back for just for that The Flan was very nearly as good. The menu is a mix of raw and cooked tapas along with more complete main courses and sides. The ahi with grilled pineapple the prawns and the short ribs were all to die for. I remember the chef being on Knife Fight as a finalist and made a plan to visit his restaurant the next time I was in New York sadly it had to wait a while but no disappointments highly recommended. It was worth the one hour subway trip very easily

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My husband and I ate at Surfish for Valentine’s Day. Super impressed with the food and service. Also, pleasantly surprised that we weren’t seated too close to the people beside us, like you might see in most NYC restaurants. We were very comfortable and had a great time.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

We made a reservation for Brunch. The portions were filling and the culinary attention to detail is well noticed; great uses of flavour. We intend to return again soon to try more of the menu!

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

I'm big fan of Surfish. My one complaint is that even though I made a reservation, I was seated upstairs. The upstairs, though spacious, is much less cozy and comfortable than the street level.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent fresh food, good service. Highly recommend

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