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BLT Fish review: steep prices, bad service... "eh"

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BLT Fish review: steep prices, bad service... "eh"

CorgiLover | Jun 19, 2006 11:29 PM

I was lucky enough to be treated to a dinner here this weekend. :)

After having a lot of fun at crab-fest earlier this summer, I was really looking forward to a dinner at BLT fish. However, steep prices and horrible service took the wind out of my sails.

We ate rather early (6pm) and the restaurant was fairly empty. This did nothing to expedite our service. It took ages for our waitress to check on us, take the order, bring the check, etc. To the point where we had to constantly be asking bus boys for drinks, etc. I waitressed through college and can understand if she was having an off night, however this being Manhattan, I guess I have become acclimated to consistently spot-on service and am not willing to accept anything less!

Back to the food: We started with the king crab legs. For $25, I was expecting a few (at least three?) solid-sized legs. When the dish was brought out, I was shocked at it’s paltry size. What appeared to be ONE measley king crab leg, pre-cut, sitting atop a bowl of ice with two sauces (a spicy mayo and a classic cocktail sauce). We literally each had two small pieces. The crab was excellent, fresh, and the sauces were fantastic. I just wish there was more!

We also had stuffed jalapeños for a starter, remembering them to be great from CrabFest (they were).

For the next course my boyfriend had the soft-shell crab sandwich and I had the shrimp/fish and chips combo. His was lackluster. The bread and stuffings of the sandwich really overwhelmed any of the soft-shell crab flavor. Mine was very good, and again the sauces that came with the meal (a curry and a tarter) were great. Also, the fries (which we put Old Bay seasoning on, a la Mermaid Inn) were awesome.

Key Lime Pie was on the menu for dessert, which I thought was perfect and really hit the spot! True Floridian key-lime snobs might night be impressed, but I really enjoyed it.

With two beers, our tab came to over $100. For a “fish shack” the prices were very high. This, coupled with bad service, doesn't make me want to return anytime soon.

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