The new Daily Catch on Northern is in the new courthouse building across from the Barking Crab at the foot of the old Northern Ave bridge (same place as the landing for one of the harbor tour boats). It's a great location, right on the waterway - nice view of Rowes Wharf and downtown. There are absolutely no signs (except one of those small folding plackards) in front, so it's hard to find the place. But the effort was really worth it tonight.
Little necks, cherry's, shrimp were all fresh and top quality. Fried calamari had crispy light batter. The stuffed calamari had a very light stuffing and the calamari was done just right. The bread they served wasn't very good - but we ate it all up anyway, soaking up all the gravy. The mussels were done in a white wine sauce with plenty of garlic and butter. Fish stew (tomato base) was chock full of fish. The cold Frutti di Mare was very tasty - some lobster meat mixed in with the shellfish and calamari. The monkfish entree was delicious - a marsala finish using pan fried medallions that made me wonder why you would ever bother with veal. The scallops with the black ink fettucine in a cream sauce was very good - the sauce didn't overpower the scallops or the pasta.
The service was excellent - but like the old place, there is only one waitress so we felt lucky that the place was empty (until another large party came in as we finished).
Plenty of parking by the Barking Crab and down the block, and getting on and off I-93 has actually never been easier. (Although that will change again and again...)
With 3 bottles of a California cabernet, over 2 bills for 4 (we had lots of raw bar, and we polished off with good espresso and fruit). Not cheap, but a great night out with folks from NY looking for Boston sea food. Indeed, this remains one of the best seafood experiences in Boston.
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