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Brooklyn Fish Camp--review

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Brooklyn Fish Camp--review

dixieday | Apr 29, 2006 08:25 AM

So, I know there's been a tendency here to trash Brooklyn Fish Camp, but I gotta say, we had a really good meal, and a good time, there last night. Was entertaining my girlfriend's dad and stepmom, who were up from Florida for one night before stepping off on the Queen Mary. Since her dad is a big seafood person (and recreational fisherman and boating guy), we figured this would be a good spot. Got a table right away when we walked in around 6:30pm--over by the open kitchen, which meant it was NOISY (mostly from the dishwashing guys clanging their stuff), but it's a small place; any part will probably be loud on a busy night.

Started with lobster knuckles, which take a lot of messy squashing and poking (they're the jointy part of the claw) but are pretty tasty. Then, for me, a chunk of meaty, succulent pan-roasted grouper with garlicky spinach and a chunky chickpea mash; for her dady, a long platter of salade nicoise with baby arugula, tomatoes, olives, hb eggs, and skinny green beans, topped with ovals of rare tuna; and for the stepmom, flounder rolled in crumbs and fried golden, with nice-looking asparagus, sliced mushrooms, and a veggie brunoise. Service was chipper and pleasant. Cost for 1 app, 3 entrees, and 2 glasses of wine each was $130.

Only quibbles: I know it's a casual place, but if you're charging $9-10 for a glass of wine, I'd like a real wineglass, not a juice-type glass. And that chickpea stuff was boring; I'd ditch it in favor of more veggies or a tastier starch. But I'd go back anytime.

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