Before fishermen discovered the edibility of fish, they used each catch as bait for larger species, hoping in the end to hook the biggest fish of all—friendship. Bait a buddy with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of seafood at Goldfish Oyster Bar & Restaurant in Ossining.
The chefs at Goldfish Oyster Bar & Restaurant dispense fresh seafood dishes with a Mediterranean flourish. Raw-bar crustaceans gently nudge appetites over salivary waterfalls, as guests pick six half-shelled oysters ($12) from a choice of 17 types of bivalves, which disagree over "soda" versus "pop" and come from different regions, such as blue point oysters from Long Island and jorstad oysters from Washington. Diners can delight in the sounds and sights of an open kitchen and full-length bar that hosts a congenial atmosphere and savory dinner entrees such as the baked cod ($22), whose parmesan-encrusted ego arrives with spinach, potatoes, tomatoes, and herbs. Grilled swordfish ($26) showcases a flavorful flurry of accompaniments, including sautéed shrimp, herb hashed potatoes, and broccoli rabe, and grilled new york strip steak ($25) flaunts crispy potatoes and red-wine mushroom sauce. Patrons who sup on Friday nights can tap toes to live music, which pampers inner ears like velveteen Q-tips.
Goldfish Oyster Bar & Restaurant
The chefs at Goldfish Oyster Bar & Restaurant cook fresh seafood with a Mediterranean flourish, earning Westchester Magazine's award for Best Prix Fixe in 2010. The raw bar's 17 types of mollusks converge from across the United States and Canada, including blue point oysters from Long Island and jorstad oysters from Washington. From the open kitchen, sights and sounds of baking shrimp, grilling steak, and searing tuna stoke the restaurant's lively ambiance.
Bartenders tend to a glowing blue bar, mixing cocktails and dispensing their trademark Goldfish crackers to luckless fishermen. On Friday nights, live music gets toes tapping and oyster shells clacking.
6 Rockledge Ave.
Ossining, New York 10562