Crave Fishbar is a return engagement for the owner and chef behind Crave Ceviche Bar, which occupied an East Side building that was razed after a construction accident four years ago. This summer they opened a new place across the street, and early word on Chowhound is promising.

Chef Todd Mitgang has tweaked the menu since the old place closed; though no longer ceviche-centric, it’s still focused on seafood, much of it local. LeahBaila found her entrée of plancha-grilled John Dory (pictured) “out of this world.” (Recent accompaniments were local wax beans, basil pistou, and a wheat-berry salad.) Starters were terrific, too: Italian burrata (with local corn purée, chanterelles, and basil oil) and a slow-poached cage-free egg (with asparagus, lobster mushroom, pecorino Toscano, and roasted garlic–sorrel purée). “Wow,” Leah says, “Crave was fantastic!”

Crave Fishbar [Turtle Bay]
945 Second Avenue (between E. 50th and 51st streets), Manhattan

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