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“Fun and Elegant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fishtail by David Burke

Fishtail by David Burke
135 East 62nd Street, New York City, NY 10065 (Upper East Side)
212.754.1300
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Ranked #2,209 of 11,181 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Entertaining clients, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Cross street: Between Park and Lexington Avenues
Transit: F train to 63rd Street/Lexington Avenue, N, R, 4, 5 & 6 trains to 59th Street/Lexington Avenue.
Description: In 2008, The David Burke Group unveiled Fishtail, an innovative seafood concept located in a beautiful townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The restaurant seats 130 people in a vibrant bi-level space that features a lively 16-seat bar. Fishtail's menu is replete with fresh fish and shellfish selections - including Salt Roasted Branzino, Blue Fin Tuna and Whole Sea Bream. Many offerings illustrate signature creative spins - highlighting flavor and technique - such as Nori & Mustard Crusted Tuna, Braised Beef Cheek, and Lobster Rigatoni. Fresh-from-the-sea raw bar items round out the menu beautifully for any fish lover. The Sunday special, Lobster Louie, is a three-course lobster dinner for $45. And on Monday through Saturday evenings, Fishtail's seasonal prix-fixe dinner features three courses for $49. Fishtail offers the freshest seafood provided by the company-owned fishing boat out of Brielle, New Jersey and the Hunts Point fish market. With the sustainable seafood movement gaining momentum, the menu reinforces our belief in maintaining the integrity of each item on the plate.
Millington, nj
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“Fun and Elegant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Loved the set up of the restaurant...walked into a great bar scene and had apps at bar, then headed upstairs to the restaurant. Chic and trendy, the service was awesome as was the food.

Visited September 2013
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English first
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“In my top 5!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Quite simply a fantastic restaurant.

Outstanding food that is complimented by a great wine list.

Excellent presentation, beautifully balanced plates and supported by brilliant staff in a lovely setting.

It isn't chep but you are paying for the quality of the food. A must for anyone visiting NYC.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto
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“Great Happy Hour Specials”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Delicious oysters, clams, and a great happy hour special that runs from 12 noon on Sundays.
It's a deal for the area that is for sure!
Great service from the bartender.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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NYC
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“Had a strong experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

I attended a business dinner for 15 in a private room on the second floor. Extremely attentive wait staff were never far away. Hors d'oerves included short rib dumplings and tuna tartare tacos, both well presented and pretty darn tasty. The angry lobster app was top shelf, braised with chili oil and anointed with fresh lemon and basil. The heat of the chili oil let you know that the lobster was angry, but not so much so that the sweetness of the lobster meat was overpowered. The fellow sitting next to me had the ritz cracker crabcake app and pronounced it outstanding. I selected the seared Atlantic salmon for my entrée. It arrived topped with a tomato fondue and sitting on four al dente asparagus spears sitting in lovely sauce. The salmon was moist throughout and sported a perfect sear. Others at the table praised both the roasted branzino, served whole but deboned, and the filet mignon. Dessert consisted of a chocolate layer congratulations cake and cheesecake lollipops, served with bubblegum whipped cream. The desserts were average (and I passed on the bubblegum whipped cream).

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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“A Happy "Happy Hour"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

The happy hour at Fishtail is great, with half price glasses of wine and clams for $1 or oysters for $1.85. The wine pours are generous and the oysters and clams are excellent. Sit at the bar and have the great bartender Doug wait on you. Fishtail has extended the restaurant week special to last the rest of the summer. And it's a great deal for $38. Actually it's not a special menu devised for restaurant week, you can order 3 courses from the real menu and includes lobster dishes. The lobster dumplings are excellent. Great neighborhood place and I will be back even after the restaurant week special is over. There's also a happy hour bar menu that looks very good too.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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