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. Cast your line with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a seafood dinner for two at Grilled Fish (up to an $86.50 total value) including:
- Two appetizers (up to a $32 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $42 value)
- Two drinks (up to a $4.50 value)
- One dessert (up to an $8 value)
As Grilled Fish’s friendly servers convey bountiful sea harvests to tables, heady aromas of garlic-laden wine sauces and citrus-infused butters interweave with one another throughout the dining room of the new midtown restaurant. Guests commence dinner for two by unfurling the saffron ribbons surrounding sautéed clams or tossing rings of grilled calamari onto outstretched fingers. Fresh seafood entrees include seared scallops dressed up in a gown of leafy spinach and edible jewelry of pine nuts and parmesan cheese. Diners can use spoons or the ends of sticks of dynamite to tap through the uppermost fruit-sauce layers of shared cheesecake to send sugary shrapnel flying toward mouths. Though they are not included in this Groupon, guests can augment included beverages with glasses of wine from the restaurant’s menu.
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.