Seafood at Fishtail
I think it’s because of the summer months and heat, but I can’t seem to get enough seafood lately, shellfish in particular. Lobster, crab, oysters, mussels and shrimp have been some of my latest cravings, which is why I was really looking forward to having dinner at Fishtail, a restaurant by David Burke.
We started off with a shellfish tower, which was pretty standard and consisted of lobster, shrimp, oysters and an ahi poke standard. While it was straight forward, the ahi poke was delicious and I went back for seconds of that. The rolls that they served were delicious. Light and buttery, they are just like the rolls that that are sold at Chinese bakeries. And the lobster dumpling were full of meat and decorated with a tiny claw.
Next came our entrees, and the first thing I noticed was the adorable presentation of the French fries, which were brought over in a mini deep fryer basket. The fries were very crispy, I prefer mine to be a bit more mealy on the inside, but my friends loved the crunch of them.
I ended up going with the butter poached lobster, which was nestled atop a bed of saffron risotto. It was a tasty dish, however, I prefer my risotto to be not so quite al dente, and the lobster was a bit overcooked, as I was having problems cutting it with my butter knife.
One of my girlfriends got the grilled octopus salad, which consisted of octopus, watermelon, and I think beets or tomatoes. I’m getting old and my memory is definitely not as crisp as it use to be. It was a very refreshing and light, great as a starter or if you want a smaller entrée.
The little macarons they sent us away were great, and be sure to take a piece (or two, or three) of the peanut brittle at the hostess stand, that was fantastic. So buttery and sweet,with a hint of salt.
I do have to say that I enjoyed the fine dining food, in a casual environment. The crowd was older, a lot of people in their late 40’s, thru 50’s, but I would still head back. One thing that was a bit amusing was that, the restaurant has won awards for their hospitality, and it’s really easy to see why. Everyone was extremely friendly, at times it seemed like they were really forcing it, but I would prefer forced friendliness in bartenders and servers, versus no friendliness.
6.5 out of 10
135 East 62nd Street
New York, NY 10065