One of the greatest things about living in the city is that there is something new everyday, whether it’s an event, an art exhibit, or a restaurant. When I was away for 5 weeks this summer, I came back hearing from my friends and reading posts about all these new spots in downtown NYC. One of them was Seamore’s, a seafood restaurant opened by Michael Chernow, co-founder of the famous Meatball Shop (read my previous post about this spot HERE!)
I came with my friend who told me about this place, and decided to return again with my husband for a lunch date one weekend. I loved the ambiance – a bright spot with beautifully crafted chairs, an artsy informative wall of locally sourced fish, and a view of the busy streets of Soho / Little Italy. It livens up your day just sitting there with the sun shining inside and windows opened for a fresh breeze. Once sitting we were presented with a simple menu of everyday dishes, and then a special menu that tells you the “daily landings” – the fish of the day. The nice breeze and brightness made it quite enjoyable to converse and just have fun taking pictures!
We started with the crispy squid appetizer, otherwise known as fried calamari. It was thin, lightly seasoned and lightly battered. The best part of it was the citrus aioli, which replaces your typical marinara. You can savor every bite of the squid unlike others where you have to bite through layers of batter!
I ordered the blackened catfish sandwich with a side salad. The fish was tender and mild, which made the texture great to eat but unfortunately it was a little too burnt for me. I did enjoy the kale and colorful carrots with radish with a citrus dressing – not your ordinary side.
Gunther ordered the seasonal fish – seared striped black mullet fish tacos, served with tomatoes, lettuce, lime, and avocado. The fish was firm and lean in texture with a mild sweet flavor. I think the additions complemented the fish well, but as he suggested while he was eating it, the tacos could probably use an extra layer of taco shell as it got super mushy and broke in pieces.
Seamore’s definitely gives a great vibe and dining experience, and I’m glad Chef Michael was able to take his love of fishing with his culinary experience to open up a new fish spot. I’d love to return another time to try another locally sourced fish!