From coastal classics to avant-garde aquatic fare, Luxury Attaché’s got the skinny on NYC’s standout galleys. Anchors aweigh!
1 ZZ's Clam Bar
Raw bar. Fancy drinks. Torrisi. Carbone. Oh yeah, and Zalaznick. Need we say more? ZZ's is the epitome of cool, and not to mention intimate with its mere 12 seats, borne of a real estate deal that piggybacked the minuscule space onto the Carbone property lease. The food is incredible, but that's a given when considering the Major Food triumvirate. Every element of presentation is curated, no detail left behind. You'll drink out of a coconut, gawk at the impossibly adorable crockery, consume what may be some of the most mind-blowing seafood of your entire life, and then pluck the bill from an unassuming silver clam. It's a dining experience not easily paralleled, perfect for the edgy epicurean.
169 Thompson Street between West Houston and Bleecker Streets
2 Maison Premiere
New York meets Paris meets New Orleans and all the old world glory in between. Maison Premiere, a timelessly elegant portal into dining of days gone by, boasts over 30 different oyster varieties and New York City's most extensive premium absinthe collection. Don't get us started on the cocktails; MP's curated julep selection is arguably the best of the boroughs, featuring curious combinations in conjunction with classics, all impeccably complementing the raw bar, crudo, and small and large plate offerings. Coastally preferential palates are perpetually pleased by the market-driven menu at the hands of one-of-a-kind staff, whose passion and presentation match that of the immaculately designed house itself. Snag a seat at the shucker's station, a table in the den, or a two-top on the terrace...either way, you're in for a treat.
298 Bedford Avenue between Grand and South 1st Streets
3 The Clam
The name says it all: The Clam honors its namesake by making it all about, yes, clams. Chef and co-owner Mike Price showcases an impressive arsenal of clam-focused dishes on either end of the classic-versus-contemporary spectrum, rounding out the selection with an array of other seafaring options as well as meat and seasonal market vegetable dishes. So how does it get any better, one may ask? Why, an expertly curated beverage program, of course. From creative craft cocktails to a bountiful region-specific wine list, digestifs, and spirits galore, the pairing possibilities are endless, leaving any palate happy as a clam. (We had to.)
420 Hudson Street at Leroy Street
4 Lure Fishbar
Dockside dining minus the seasickness...and the actual dock. Enter Lure Fishbar, SoHo's very own catch of a subterranean seafood establishment, complete with portholes and all things yacht-y. Four-time People's Choice award winner chef Josh Capon is at the helm serving up tantalizing dishes from sand to land along with all the necessary accoutrements. With happy hour, private dining, and a killer brunch, you'll be hooked...pun intended.
142 Mercer Street at Prince Street
5 Le Bernardin
With three Michelin stars, nearly 30 years of accolade-laden expertise, and more Beard awards than any other restaurant in New York City, Le Bernardin has carved out its niche as Manhattan's go-to for haute simplicity in the seafood realm. Chef de Cuisine, co-owner, and poissonier extraordinaire Eric Ripert brings an impressive résumé to the table with experience working under internationally recognized chefs such as Daniel Bouley and Jean-Louis Palladin, not to mention having earned a four-star New York Times rating at just 29 years old. Ripert's hand-selected team and commitment to excellence make dining at Le Bernardin unforgettably extraordinary. Now excuse us while visions of sautéed truffle and chanterelle langoustine dance in our heads.
155 West 51st Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues