So I finally went to Tides to find out what all the hype was about this seafood shack in the Lower east side. Here's my quick review....
I went for dinner with my wife on Saturday night for our 3rd anniv. We had a short wait of about 30 mins. and was then seated promptly.
we started out with the Smoked Fish Chowder and what they called a 5 spiced calamari with lemon dipping sauce, both were pretty good. The chowder was creamy and the addition of small pieces of bacon lardon helped bring up the flavor, the calamari was simple and the lemon sauce was very lemony (a bit much for my taste). For our entree we had the Lobster Roll and Whole fish(Striped Bass), the Roll was a saff. and basil herb that was refreshing and definitely not traditional like Mary's or Pearl's but just as tasty, it came with sweet potato fries that were a little too soggy. The Whole fish was a Striped Bass and it was amazing, no special flavors, just grilled and seasoned with garlic, salt and pepper, sometimes simple is good, it came with grilled veggies. The wine we chose was a Monti Pinot Gris that worked well with out dinner though it probably could've been chilled a bit more. for dessert we shared a Coconut Panacotta and a Choc. Creme Brulee, both were nice but something fruity would have been great too.
this was by far one of the reasons we'll be back, they have great service, one of the owners was always makign sure everything was ok, the waitress was pretty knowledgeable about the menu and most important...our water glass was never half empty.
the space was beautiful, upon entering Tides we thought maybe we made a mistake, we thought this was one of those places that were all look with no substance but the ceiling was incredible, the space is very romantic, lighted tables, soft lighting, i mean we really felt like we were under the sea, you have to check out the bathroom.
We enjoyed our meal and atmosphere, this place lived up to the hype, I would definitley recommend if you haven't been there. The owner Steven said they change their menu every season to keep things fresh. We went to the bar next door after our meal for a couple of drinks before we ended off our night. Steven offered to walk us in, the place was called the Backroom but the sign said Lower East Side Toy factory. It was very nice but started filling up by 10pm and got a little loud for us.
that's it, thanks for letting me babble on.