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Fish on Bleecker St.

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Fish on Bleecker St.

Cloudy | Mar 15, 2003 12:12 AM

I live only a couple of blocks from Fish, but I never got around to checking it out until after I read Asimov's recent review in the Times. I went for lunch today and had a very pleasant meal.

The oysters were the best part. They allow you to mix & match, so I had 2 each of Spinney Creek, Point Neddick and Island Creek. The Spinneys were the best; a nearly perfect balance of brineyness & sweetness.

The lobster roll was good, although I believe Pearl's and Mary's versions are slightly better. I appreciated that Fish's bun was not as sweet as that of those other 2 places. And the fries that accompanied the roll were much better; I've always found Pearl's & Mary's fries to be pale and lank. Fish's roll also came with cole slaw.

Finished with an average creme brulee.

The service was very friendly and welcoming, although a little slow.

Strangely, the place was nearly empty. When I came in at around 12:15, there was only one other person there, a guy at the bar. At around 12:45, people started trickling in (they seemed to be mostly first-timers), but by the time I left at 1:30 it was still less than a quarter full.

I really like this place. The vibe is nice; it's more relaxed and friendlier than Pearl or Mary's. The oysters were as good as any I've ever had. I'm looking forward to trying other things on the menu. And it'll be even nicer after the smoking ban takes effect next month.

How lucky are we West Villagers, living only a few minutes away from three of the best little casual seafood places in the city?

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