New Yorkers have come to expect the best from their city's restaurants: the best steak, the best tacos, the best pancakes. The city's seafood is no different, and locals will travel to great lengths searching for the perfect plate.
Luckily, hungry pescavores don't have to go too far to stumble upon a seafood gem in the Big Apple - regardless of where you find yourself when the hunger strikes, there's a good chance fresh fish is nearby.
When you're looking to impress (or when you've got your hands on the company card), there's none better than Eric Ripert's Le Bernardin, widely heralded as the best seafood - and often the best restaurant - in New York. The accolades reflect Ripert's attention-to-detail and obsession with quality - two factors that shine through on every plate.
Prefer a twist of culture with your meal? Give the Mediterranean a go with Italian-focused Marea, or the Greek powerhouse Estiatorio Milos - both high-end joints that will wow even the most discerning palates.
For more budget conscious diners, casual eateries like Luke's Lobster in the East Village turn out top-notch noshes like buttered lobster rolls, piled high with meat and best eaten in the throes of summer.
Below, we do the deep sea diving for you, plucking the top ten seafood restaurants out from the net and delivering them directly to your desktop.
What do you get when you mix an ingredients-driven, award-winning Italian menu, impeccable service, and a fantastic wine list with over 750 selections? The answer is Marea. Meaning "tide" in Italian, Marea is manned by Chef Michael White and has earned three stars from The New York Times, two stars from Michelin, and a city of devoted regulars who claim that this is the best Italian in the city.
It's seafood for days here, with dishes like dressed blue prawns with carrot crisp and tarragon to share, or four different types of caviar, starting at a mind-boggling $110 per ounce. Our recommendation is to opt for the 4-course prix fixe, a modest $99 affair that allows you to sample a crudo, pasta, main and dessert. (212-582-5100)
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