My favorite seafood dishes at Fairfield County restaurants
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If you're ever in NYC...
31 Cornelia St, New York; 212-645-2189
Part of the reason why I love Pó is the location. It is a small restaurant settled comfortably in Greenwich Village in walking distance from Washington Square Park. I almost always order the grilled salmon with squash caponata and balsamic glaze; it is filling, delicious and perfect for any season. On the off chance that they don't have the salmon (which they didn't last time, it was looking to be a sad day), I will order the Frittata del Giorno (which was actually also delicious and turned the sad day into a happy day)
141 E 48th St, New York; 212-759-8550
Avra Estiatorio is a wonderful Greek restaurant in walking distance from Grand Central Station. They have amazingly fresh fish, and during the summer there is outdoor seating available, which is perfect on a sunny day in New York.
Much like Tarry Lodge, the octopus at Avra is a little bit insane. The octopus is sushi quality and served with onions, red wine vinegar and capers. It is so unbelievably
fresh and tender that you won't want to share with anyone else. Honestly, probably not even one single forkful. But try your best.
A wonderful and fresh arugula salad with tender grilled jumbo shrimp
Oh my word, this was some of the best tuna I've ever had. Seared perfectly with a rare center.
900 Broadway, New York; 212-461-4300
I had the pleasure of going to Tom Colicchio's CraftBar on a relatively cold day for brunch. (sidebar - actually, it was raining on what would have been a normally manageable walk from Grand Central and I decided to exercise my intelligence by walking. Note to self - even if you have an umbrella - which I did, don't voluntarily walk 25 minutes in the rain) Once I dried off from my excursion from Grand Central, I was eased back into a sense of comfort and contentment by the perfectly cooked dourade, which was served with brussels sprouts and apples. Because I went when it was cold, the accompaniments were matched with the cool weather. Currently the fish is being served with shaved market vegetable and baby mustard greens salad, lemon puree and aged balsamic, which sounds just about perfect for the summer.
For the commuters!
Famished and looking for a quick snack on your commute back to good ol' Connecticut? Swing by Pescatore inside the Grand Central Market for one of these delectable seafood spring rolls. I'm particularly fond of the lobster roll. And the shrimp. Well, the salmon too. Oh, forget it, I just like them all.