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Neptune Room report

Andy T. | Jun 9, 2004 05:10 PM

I'll add this belated report (went this past weekend) to Stickler's below. Was expecting something along the lines of Mermaid Inn in terms of menu and setting, but it leans a bit more in the direction of Aquagrill or Fresh (and less towards Mary's Fish Camp or Shore).

Appetizer "gimmick" is a list of "Bait" choices, smaller chilled selections priced $6-10. Yellowtail, tuna, ceviche-type preparations; wimped out and had tasty poached shrimp in vinagrette with little orange wedges. These should go down nicely in the hot weather. Not as huge a raw bar selection as Aquagrill. Rest of the appetizers priced in low to mid-teens. Tried special "surf and turf" lobster with bacon combo (3:1 fat to meat ratio, yum!). Blue crab "panna cotta" just begged for some Ritz crackers; mean that in a good way!

Entrees priced high teens, low 20's. Chicken and steak available, of course, but were at least 8-10 seafood choices, including a cioppino. I had the equivalent of the kid's meal: parmesan-crusted skate, on bed of tomato and zucchini. Also tried the sea bass special with white and green asparagus and corn-based sauce. Fish expertly prepared and harmoniously paired with the veggies. Nothing challenging or discordant at this place.

Triple pudding dessert mentioned below was indeed good, with the dark chocolate pot de creme the best. My "cream cheese" spread on an anise cracker, topped with dates and a tinto sauce may have been considered a little weird a few years back but is pretty tame in the world of NYC desserts now.

House cocktails flew off the bar: I had the "Riviera" (Tanqueray and Cointreau), but the prosecco and "smashed peach" combo also sounded good.

Bottom line: great addition to the neighborhood (change of pace from Docks), not necessarily a destination joint. Side note: best "hidden in plain view" restrooms since CraftBar.

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