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Sea Grill (at Rockefeller Center) - My Report (Long)

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Sea Grill (at Rockefeller Center) - My Report (Long)

mels | Sep 11, 2002 06:00 PM

Last weekend I went to Sea Grill with a couple of friends. Having never been there before, I've always been curious if it was a tourist trap - since it overlooks where the ice skaters would be in the winter - or if it was the kind of restaurant catering to power-lunches only (due to the proximity of NBC), not putting too much effort in to the dinners.

I wasn't thrilled about the common walkway visible from the restaurant, but they made a valliant effort to conceal it from the diners. The large windows overlooking Rock. Center made for great lighting and people watching.

Now for the all important chow report:

Our appetizers consisted of a bowl of clam chowder and a shellfish platter (mussels, JUMBO shrimp, a couple oysters and clams raw). The oysters and clams were fantastic. The shrimp was your basic boiled or steamed with no flavor - OK, but nothing great. The mussels were the same - just steamed, allright, but nothing that knocked our socks off.

The clam chowder was very good. Not too thick or potato filled.

For our entrees, two of us ordered the crab cakes. They consisted mostly of pure lump crab meat served with a dijon mustard sauce - absolutely divine.

Our third person in the party ordered the lobster dinner. He raved about it the rest of the night - absolutely perfect. The plate also had a few mussels and assorted shellfish on it.

Waitstaff constantly circulated the restaurant offering three kinds of bread - green olive, wheat and a crusty italian.

Our coffees afterward were terrific. They are served in individual french presses (which IMO makes the best coffee). I opted for the Kenya AA, while my friends both had espressos.

It was a fabulous meal and I would highly recommend it.

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