I must say, Midtown East (sutton place/turtle bay area) has definitely been stepping up its culinary game. With openings of a slew of new restaurants (The Smith, La Cava, Noir, Socarrat) I no longer need to travel all over Manhattan for some quality grub.
I decided to check out Crave Fishbar last week.
The first thing I do when entering a new restaurant is check out the decor/ambiance. I thought it was perfect:
But on to what really matters – the food.
The menu is not yet posted on the website, but you can peep it here.
I alerted the server of my gluten allergy when we first were seated. Being that it is a new restaurant, I had to give her some slack for having to go back and ask the kitchen about ingredients. Fair enough.
She said we were all good to share the King Salmon Sashimi, but with the sauce on the side since it contained soy.
King Salmon Sashimi w/ avocado puree, white soy, red shiso & grapefruit: When the dish came, I was skeptical of taking a bite because there appeared to be some breadcrumbs. I waited it out and asked the waitress who confirmed the dish was in fact laced with breadcrumbs – helloooo?! The manager came over and rushed me out a salad to eat instead:
Composed Baby Beet Salad w/ asparagus, pistachio nut, manchego & orange vinaigrette (gluten-free): You can’t mess up too much with a salad. Light and refreshing. Would have loved some more beets though.
Paprika Spiked Seared Rare Yellowfin Tuna w/ localhoney glazed baby turnip, carrots, rouille & tomato sherry salsa (gluten-free): My sister and I both got this dish. There was no way I was sharing anything after my app choice became inedible. This was amazing. I not only licked my plate clean, but I polished off my sister’s as well [beast]. One thing I hate about ordering tuna is that it is usually overcooked. This was perfect.
We did share:
Side of Broccoli Rabe w/ feta (gluten-free): Never had rabe with feta – it was great.
And last but not least:
Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (gluten-free): This photo shows it partially eaten. That is because as soon as it hit our table, we began to devour it. I had to slow things down to grab a shot before it was all gone. The thing about homemade mint ice cream is that you actually taste the fresh, mint leave flavor. They put an Andes chocolate on top also (amazing). I tried so hard not to finish this, but I couldn’t let one spoonful go to waste.
Although I wasn’t thrilled to receive the check, the presentation was cute:
Overall I was pleasantly surprised and will definitely be hitting up this neighborhood joint again. PS: the manager (whose name escapes me) was beyond friendly & accommodating!