Crave Fishbar - Midtown

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$30 and under
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Seafood
Crave Fishbar Midtown is a vibrant, convivial restaurant in Manhattan serving an inspired seafood menu from chef Todd Mitgang. An eclectic mix of reclaimed materials and custom made chairs and tables lend a beachy, rustic feel to the space, which houses a 25-foot-long bar where guests can order from the full dinner menu along with cocktails and wine from a mounted bottle display. Journey up to the 2nd floor and watch an army of shuckers plating raw bar platters. Approachable, sophisticated dishes feature local seafood, crudos, and meat dishes that are thoughtfully prepared with both familiar and exotic ingredients. Crave Fishbar has taken its place as a neighborhood fixture, providing locals and newcomers alike with a elegant, inviting experience.
We were the first NYC restaurant partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium so that every single item on the menu is sustainable and all of our practices are to better our oceans.

Special Offers

#Oystergram Happy Hour

NYC's best oyster happy hour featuring $1 and $1.50 oysters. Up to 20 oysters offered with cocktail, beer and wine specials from 5-7 PM.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 20 March 2019

Ends: 21 March 2118

Availability: Sun 16:00-18:45
Mon-Sat 17:00-18:45

What 1975 People Are Saying
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EW
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wonderful service! A new favorite spot for sure. Literally amazing... With gratitude!

DO
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is so fresh and delicious that you won’t mind the noise level. The service was outstanding. Snapper was one of the best pieces of fish I ever had - just plain grilled, just delicious. Delicata squash side dish was heavenly. Warm cookie a la mode was worth every calorie.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love coming here. Server was super nice, as were the bussers. One of the best oyster happy hours in the city. Also: the fried fish sliders are PHENOMENAL. Great selection of wine and cocktails. Comfy seating with plenty of space and attentive service. Always down to return!

GL
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice fresh oysters and fresh fish

SW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Went on a Sunday night, so perhaps the food was not as fresh as usual. But the shrimp in the shrimp cocktail were absolutely tasteless. My friend ordered tartare which was brought to her without any bread--not even a cracker. We both got barramundi for the main course. It was tasty, but nothing special. Servers were pleasant and accommodating but the service seems scattered. For example, we both ordered cold appetizers-so why was one brought right away and we had to ask for the other before it came out?

DO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend Crave. Reservation process, ambiance, service, food presentation were all top notch. I’m looking forward to going back.

J
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly the best seafood I've ever had. Everything was incredibly fresh, well portioned, and well seasoned.

AM
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Hits and if I'm paying upper 20's to upper 30's for food, I don't imagine cramped booth seating. In any case, we had oysters during the happy hour and those were delightful! Really fresh! As for the main entree, out of the 4, only 1 could be rated as GREAT - the seared yellowfin tuna. All the ingredients went well to make the dish a winner. The cavatelli I just couldn't enjoy it because of the aforementioned reasons. So to sum it all, I feel the overall experience at this restaurant would prevent me from returning or recommending this place.

OT
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!!!

ES
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Found and booked thru OpenTable
Although it was Valentines Day eve and needed a table in 15 minutes got confirmation and when we arrived, we were showed to the table within 3 minutes, although there were few people waiting and were ahead of us.
Chose the place using distance, cusine, reviews, and availability criteria.
The food was absolutely gourmet - we loved it!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everyone was very sweet and checked on us constantly. Only issue was our reservation got pushed back 15 minutes

DS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We went for valentines dinner. The portion size was very small for the price. Left restaurant still hungry and had to stop to eat somewhere else afterwards. Food quality was acceptable.

MH
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I don’t get to go out for a nice dinner too often as our little guy keeps us so busy!
We’ve gone to this location twice and both times were amazing too to bottom. The service was excellent, the food was to die for, and the oyster happy hour can’t be beat!
Will absolutely be going back for our next date night. It’s now tradition!!
Thank you everyone for making our special dinners so special.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is lovely and spacious. The food was fresh and very well prepared. The staff was friendly and professional. I have absolutely no complaints and look forward to my next visit here.

C
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went with the family (including grandkids) for oyster happy hour and dinner. Great selection, taste and value. Wonderful lobster curry and seafood stew. We will return again and again.

I
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious having it all mixed in would have been too much. Delicious otherwise. Tuna was magnificent, as were the apps -- pork belly and octopus.

LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is outstanding. We had a table upstairs by the raw bar. Love the decor. Food and wait staff were excellent. We will recommend to others and will be back.

f
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

As always, great dinner at Crave. All the appetizers were terrific and mains were great as well. Very dependable and creative dishes make for a fun dinner.

JW
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Staff were great! I would recommend this restaurant to a friend. I’d go back.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good seafood products with innovative but simple servings!

a
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

delicious, creatively cool menu and atmosphere!! strongly recommended

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good restaurant with very good food. A bit pricey, but reasonable.

ID
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality and freshness of the seafood here is exceptional -- especially the west coast oysters. The preparations are simple and elegant, always highlighting the subtle flavors of the sea and never overwhelming them. It's expensive, but it's worth it.

MW
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an absolutely fabulous time. Carlos and Ben could not have been nicer, more gracious or welcoming. The food was excellent and the service even better. Can’t recommend this place enough.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great causal atmosphere but feels upscale. If you like great seafood this is the place to be.

N
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Crave Fishbar is one of the best places to go for oysters and impeccably prepared fresh fish. the host and staff are friendly and helpful. we love the atmosphere and energy of this restaurant.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, service, last minute reservation.

My birthday.

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I was on a business trip and they seated me in a corner by the window so I can watch NY while enjoying a glass of wine. Food was delicious. They partnered with Monterey Bay Aquarium for sustainable fishing - this is BONUS for me. Weekday dining was mellow and quiet which is what I needed after a busy day. Will definitely come back to try other items on their menu

PP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Very relaxing experience. Fabulous drink and seafood menu!

e
London
20 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good time with a group of eight friends for dinner

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience1

The upstairs was so loud we quickly ate our food to get out of there. A real pity for such a good
selection and nice staff

VA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated immediately, nice welcome and responsive servers made it clear that they wanted us to be comfortable. We’re tall and needed a bit more space. Apps and Happy Hour snacks were great and wine selections were on target! Entrees arrived hot and fresh. Portions are traditional and flavorful. Chocolate Chip cookie desert was perfect. Really pleasant, low key pescatarian experience! Second visit and will go again!

OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was wonderful

t
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Even at the worst table in the restaurant Crave does not disappoint. Just make sure you ask to sit upstairs or in the back!

JS
Birmingham
20 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Crave. Had fabulous oysters and then some other items. Prawns Fra Diavolo were spectacular.

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great happy hour place!!

A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ONE OF THE MORE INVENTIVE FISH MENUS IN MANHATTAN. I HIGHLY RECCOMMEND!!!!

f
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Amazing deal for oyster happy hours. Ended up ordering food as well and they (steak, mussels) definitely exceeded expectations as a raw bar. We sat upstairs so it was a little less happening but good for conversations.

RN
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The happy hour food and drink menu was great, especially for oyster lovers. Can’t beat buck-a-shuck! We tried a few other items on the menu and they were all tasty too.

OT
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a 9 pm reservation on a snowy Sat night. We were immediately greeted and seated at a high top in the bar area (which we wanted). Ben, our witty server came over and was a pleasure to work with throughout our meal. He was very knowledgeable about the oysters, oyster shooters and recommended the grilled octopus appetizer (which was delicious). Next, he answered questions about the entrees and my husband and I both chose the Tuna and we were so happy we did. The sushi grade then seared around the edges tuna was sliced and placed on top of Mexican street corn (yum) and that was atop of fingerling potatoes with an amazing salsa. Very different from standard Asian style tuna and we both loved it. We can’t wait to come back again and also try the highly rated Happy Hour.

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