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Riverdale - Ocean Deep Steam House


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Riverdale - Ocean Deep Steam House

HLing | Jul 3, 2002 01:46 AM

Ocean Deep Steam House is at 5662 B'way in a strip mall near 233rd street. Open from 11 am (some days 10:30) until 9 pm, except for Wednesady, which is 8 pm. Closed on Sundays.

I saw this place from the Number 1 train a few weeks ago. Always looking for steamed shell fish I finally took a detour today and checked it out.

Whole fried snapper for $4.99. Fried soft shell crab for $2.50 each. Steamed clams for $7.99 a dozen. On the steam menu there's 16 items of fish and about 14 items of shell fish, including conch and scungili, snow crab, lobsters.

Why have I never heard of this place? They've been open for 2 years now, the Asian man said.

This place is set up like a casual lunch place. No wait persons. You order at the counter and get your stuff on those orange tray when it's ready.
You can see the pre-cooked fish in the large coolers. I saw some frozen king crab legs, lobster tails, and various whole fish, as well as various combinations packed like those individual shabu shabu plates.

I had the steam clams, which were steamed with some garlic and perhaps cajun spices. Very simple. Could have steamed for less time for my taste. Don't get me wrong. It was fast, but just a bit over cooked. A steamed lobster tail came with some fried rice and steamed veggies for $13.99. Also could have taken less time in the steamer.

I didn't try the fried items. Nor the fish sandwiches. Saving it for next time. They also have some veggie dumplings, and some noodles, which I guess is due to the Asian ownership.
It's a rather nice set up in that the selections are much much more than fish sticks but you're not required to dress up for this place. Also, the steam option is all too rare in general, anywhere! The only catch is that much of the items are from frozen, even if they are whole.

Just a few blocks away there's a grocery store called JJ's(I think) that carries quite a lot of Russian beer, as well as Sam Smith, Chimay, some of the Unibrou items. I'm wondering if I could bring some of those beer into the Steam House to drink with my seafood.....

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