The Jfoods met some friends at FISH in Port Chester and they will have to return to give a better review since friends were late and they needed to hurry through dinner. Firstly, Jfood will mention that the approach to the restaurant is a little dicey but thankfully Jfood had his Garmin and just kept going. Upon arrival, thankfully there was valet parking and Jfood went inside to check it out. It looked like a great place so Jfood went out and gave mrs Jfood the thumb’s up. When they walked in they smiled as who was sitting waiting for his table but the Jesse James of 2008, Richard Fuld, ex-CEO of Lehman.
The restaurant’s décor is lively. A nice bar with cool high chairs and a couple of 2-tops, and two dining rooms seating about 50-60 patron. Low lights give a nice sense of relaxation.
Once seated the table ordered three salads and Jfood ordered the Cioppino with shrimp, mussels and calamari steamed in a spicy tomato-lobster broth for appetizers and three special wood roasted whole snappers and one Spicy Tuna Flatbread with wasabi mascarpone, pickled ginger, chives and ponzu spritz for their entrees.
The salads arrived and the Caesar was great and the others were very good (lots of raw onion in one of them so be careful). The Cioppino was fantastic, and it was large enough for an entrée. There was lots of calamari, about four shrimp, three mussels and tomatoes.
When the entrees arrived, two of the people who ordered a salad and the fish laughed a little because the snapper came with a nice portion of salad on the plate in addition to some fingerling potatoes. The fish was still on the bone as expected (two were ordered headless), but the chef left it in the oven a few minutes too long and it was a bit dry and both the Jfoods thought it was underseasoned. The fingerlings were very good and Jfood, who had the soup for an appetizer enjoyed the salad. The flatbread with spicy tuna was the hit of the entrees. Yes it was large enough for an entree. There was a nice layer of chopped tuna spread across the flatbread. The tuna had a nice background of wasabi, the ginger and ponzu gave nice flavors as well. It was the hit of the entrees.
The party had dessert in the bar (since they needed to turn the table) that was very nice and they had a selection of the chocolate tart, the pecan tart and the key lime all with some vanilla gelato. Jfoods favorite of the bunch was the chocolate tart and the gelato was smooth and wonderful. He could not taste the pecan tart (nut allergy) and the key lime did not do much for him.
So Jfood will withhold a real review until he has a second visit and he could have a more leisurely dinner at the table. He should also mention that the personnel all receive exceptional marks from the valet to the coat check to the MOD to the bartenders, runners and servers. They all receive 10’s. Many other restaurants Jfood has visited could learn from the staff.
Oh and for those interested in who the Fulds had dinner with, wouldn’t you know that David Stockman and wife showed up. Great! The CEO who ran Lehman into the ground having dinner with the indicted ex-CEO of Collins & Aikman. But if you think about it where better for two corporate piranhas to have dinner than a restaurant named FISH?