North River Lobster Company

What better way to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon than cruising along the Hudson River, basting in the sun, taking in the Manhattan skyline, all while feasting on lobsters!  Whoever came up with the idea of this floating seafood restaurant is a genius!

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The boat (the floating restaurant) sets sail from Pier 81 on the westside of Manhattan 5-6 times a day.  We decided to take the 630pm sail so we can enjoy the beautiful sunset.  We ordered our food and drinks at the bar and headed up to the sun deck.  

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We didn't have to wait long before the waiter brought us our seafood feast.  The lobster roll was amazing! Chunks of fresh lobster meat with only a slight bit of mayo sandwiched between a nice buttery roll.  The only thing I didn't care for was the gratuitous lettuce leaves.

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The peel and eat shrimp was good, but not spectacular. I think lobster is the restaurant's strong suit.

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My friend's whole lobster looked great against the Manhattan backdrop! 

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Even though the sails were only 30 minutes long, it was nice to be out on the water.  We were having so much fun eating and mingling with fellow diners that we decided to stay on the boat for the 8pm sail as well.  The two sails had completely different vibes. 

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Seeing the lit-up Manhattan skyline against the full-moon was just magnificent! 

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Verdict: A+. This is a great setting for a summer outing with friends.  Not only was it a fun experience, the food offerings were also solid. The lobster roll is one of the best that I've had in the city. I hope this lobster boat will be back next summer! 

North River Lobster Company
Pier 81  (near West 41st Street)
http://www.northriverlobsterco.com

Il Pesce @ Eataly

Fresh, grilled, whole Branzino with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Happiness!

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Since I was seated at the bar, I had a front row seat to all the action in the kitchen. The grilled octopus looked amazing. I may have to come back for that. My overall observation: simple does best!  Quality ingredients require nothing more than a generous drizzle of olive oil.  

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Verdict: AA+. Fresh, quality seafood with simple preparation. It just became my favorite eatery within Eataly. 

Il Pesce (inside Eataly)
200 Fifth Avenue (Between 23rd & 24th St.)
http://www.eataly.com/nyc-il-pesce/

Fish La Boissonnerie

Super excited to have my foodie friend in town for the week!  So looking forward a week of good eats!

 We met up at  Fish La Boissonnerie for lunch.  My friend had been here on a previous trip and gave it good reviews. 

RAZER CLAMS

RAZER CLAMS

PEACHES, CHERRIES, AND ICE-CREAM

PEACHES, CHERRIES, AND ICE-CREAM

Verdict:  BBB+.  We both thought the meal was perfectly ok, but nothing spectacular. My friend said the quality of food was definitely better on his prior visit. He suspect that the restaurant may have changed its chef.  

Fish La Boissonnerie
69 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fish-La-Boissonnerie/156620904372928