Haven't been in over a year, but I had to post in response to many hounds who didn't like getting mackeral & skatefish at upscale restaurants.
Anyway one of last night's specials was softshell crabs on a bed of creamed greens with a romesco sauce that the waiter was happy to put on the side. I had 2 dishes from the 'small plates' fish chowder and fried oysters on a bed of greens.
When ordering I asked the waiter if catfish (which I hate) was in the fish stock, he whisked away & asked the chef: flounder & grouper which were also the night specials. Now those are top-flight fish & my creamy big bowl of chowder was fantastic. The 5 oysters were beautifully fried & the greens were delicious dressed with an excellent balsamic dressing.
My friend's soft shell crabs were huge & the meatiest he ever had. Usually when they are that big the shell is hard. Not at Acme. He'd also ordered shoestring fries, really crisp and you could taste the sea salt. Nice. We had 2 glasses of Pinot Grigio. And because the plates were large.we shared the blueberry cobbler. Those were wild tiny blueberries & they sure as heck tasted different. We raved. Our bill came to $70.
Our waiter was extremely helpful, the service very good without being rushed at all. We're both former New Yorkers, and he looked at me & said ' you could find as fine a chef in new yourk but you can't touch the fish & produce..' I thought my dinner was a great bargain. So if you want fish, fine fish, grouper, flounder, crabs etc..go to Acme.
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