So my husband and I were looking for a seafood place in the city that was off the beaten path of Pearl's or Mary's and not quite so Aqua Grill and Le Bernadin. After floating around chow for a few days and the ever accurate "control f", we noticed that people were recommending Tides (or at least talking about it) so we decided to make a reservation and check it out. Here's our review which we'll break down into 3 parts; food, service and ambiance.
food: we started off with the short but smart wine list, they offered a nice selection of whites but we decided on a bottle of Pascal Jolivet Attitude Pinot Noir that worked nicely with our dinner. For appetizers we had the Steamed Cockles that came with an intense butter lemon sauce that was amazing, a Watercress Salad with a citrus dressing and Fried Clams and Oysters (clams were full belly not strips). Followed with our entrees of Lobster Roll with a lemon thyme taste that was nothing like I've ever tasted, it came with some soggy sweet potato fries though. My hubby had the Whole Striped Bass grilled literally to perfection. The food was absolutely as fresh as I've had in Cape Cod. For dessert we had a the Choc. Creme Bru and a Coconut Panna Cotta, both were ok, nothing special here but it did cleanse the palate. overall rating from 1 to 10 I give the food a rating of...9.5
service: this was probably the best part of the dinner, the service was very very good, the waitress made sure our glasses were never empty as well as making sure we understood exactly what we were getting as the food arrived. The owners were flitting about making sure everything was ok without being too intrusive. overall rating...10
ambiance: it's hard not to notice the thousands of bamboo skewers laced across the ceiling, the soft lighting. it seems like every detail was covered from the tables to the lines. They had an open kitchen that was impressive and clean and the booths, man you have to try and get a booth, I'm not sure you can call the booths as much as small rooms. The bathroom was a surprise, big and functional with a surprise when you go and wash your hands. overall rating...10
The space is small, the only "cons" is that there is a small wait, we had reservations but still had to wait 15 to 20 minutes (which was ok). I definitely recommend this place for those that have never been, I think this little gem is a keeper, absolutely romantic and casual. Not being someone who travels to the Lower East Side often, I was surprised to see so many options for food and nightlife, we went to the Backroom for drinks after dinner and found alot of cool bars littered around this neighborhood. Worth the trip.
thanks for reading and hope this review helps.