Seafood Restaurants in Jersey City

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Paintings and decorative anchors dot the blue and yellow walls at Grilled Fish, where chefs dazzle diners with painstakingly crafted seafood dishes just a stonefish's throw from Madison Square Park. The dinner menu teems with edible treasures such as garlic and white-wine-laced mussels, seafood stew, and fisherman's sampler—a meal of fried calamari, fish, shrimp, hand-cut fries, and a flash-cooked compass. A forthcoming beer and wine license will add an extra kick of flavor to Grilled Fish's meals, which are the main raison d'être for the cozy dining room, the seasonal outdoor seating area, and any offsite table that bears the eatery's catered or home-delivered fare.

126 Lexington Ave
New York,
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Amid the bustle of Times Square, Ceci Italian Cuisine takes a step back and encourages its guests to slow down a bit to savor their dining experience. Low light softens elegant exposed brick and hardwood floors as slow-cooked risotto and pastas arrive infused with savory meat, cheese, and veggies. Specialties from the menu showcase delicate presentations of lobster and sea bass, and veal entrees marry tender cuts with light sauces. A semiprivate dining room offers a gathering space and Italian cuisine for up to 65 guests celebrating a birthday or recovery from a noodle phobia.

46 W 46th St
New York,
NY
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In the summer of 2011, Zagat-rated Umberto's Clam House delighted patrons of the arts with its signature dish of short-rib ragu over penne at the sixth annual Hoboken International Film Festival. Inside the eatery, an open kitchen offers diners views of pasta-twirling chefs frying up fresh squid and hot red-clam sauce simmering in fish tanks, and a custom built bar doles out libations.

132 Mulberry St
New York,
NY
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At both Tahiti Breeze Sun Spa and Tantrum Sun Spa, a fleet of tanning beds and stand-up booths infuses skin with a golden glow. Alternatively, the Versa Spa spray-tan booth mists physiques with a UV-free tan, giving skin a natural beach-goer look without putting six tropical birds on it. Elsewhere in the spa, a solid basswood infrared sauna purges patrons' bodies of up to 600 calories, and teeth whitening stations turn pearly whites even pearlier.

661 9th Avenue
New York,
New York
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At The Meatball Factory, Top Chef alum Dave Martin handcrafts gourmet and innovative comfort food, earning profiles in the New York Daily News, amNewYork, and Thrillist. Recalling a renovated warehouse with brick walls, exposed ventilation, and finished Model Ts idling everywhere, The Meatball Factory hosts an upscale environment suitable for production lines of meatballs. At dark wooden tables, clusters of patrons pair selections from seven protein varieties, such as turducken, short rib, and vegan, with a library of sauces, including a fire-roasted marinara and a green-curry-peanut sauce. The hand-ground morsels delight tongues on their own, layered on challah rolls from Eli's bakery, or ladled onto fries for American-style poutines. Patrons averse to ingesting gluten or dairy find shelter in multifarious and clearly marked menu options that cater to their stomachs' ransom notes.An alternate dessert option is available for those with nut allergies.

231 2nd Ave
New York,
NY
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Blue Ribbon Brasserie: A User's Guide

Raw Bar | Grab-Bag Gourmet | Worth the Wait | Night Owls | Chef Hangout
Sample Menu
  • Appetizer: beef marrow and oxtail marmalade
  • Raw bar: half-dozen oysters
  • Soup: matzo ball
  • Entree: pigeon with toasted barley, sweet potato, and apple
When to Go: The flagship Blue Ribbon restaurant is open from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily, and it’s often packed the entire time—especially on the weekends. Try after 1 a.m. on a weeknight for a thinner, slightly more subdued crowd.

While You're Waiting
  • Marvel at the impressive raw-bar towers streaming out of the kitchen.
  • Bob your head to the eclectic soundtrack of the evening, which can range from hip-hop to acid jazz
  • Look out for distinguished New York chefs, who have been known to stop by Blue Ribbon after their shifts.
Inside Tip: Form an entourage. Though solo diners or couples can’t secure a table ahead of time, parties of five to eight are able to make advance reservations.

While You're in the Neighborhood
Work up an appetite: Shuffle your feet to the house, soul, disco, or otherwise funky beats at I Love Vinyl’s biweekly Saturday sets (158 Bleecker Street).
Reconnect with Earth: Stop by The New York Earth Room (141 Wooster Street), a free installation created by Walter De Maria in 1977 that consists solely of 280,000 pounds of dirt.

If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Stop by one of Blue Ribbon’s other acclaimed eateries, such as the Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen (35 Downing Street) or Blue Ribbon Sushi (119 Sullivan Street), just down the block from the Brasserie.

97 Sullivan St
New York,
NY
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