Brooklyn Fish Camp

★★★☆☆
  • 162 5th Ave

    Brooklyn, NY 11217

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  • 718-783-3264

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Hours
Mon-Thurs noon-3 pm, 5-10 pm, Fri-Sat noon-3 pm, 5-11 pm

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i went with my wifeon a friday evening , i had a oyster po boy which was delicious and my wife had the soft shell crab, which she loved. we had 2 diet cokes with the meal that they charged us $8 for. i was shocked. $8 for 2 diet cokes..

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★★★★★

i went with my wifeon a friday evening , i had a oyster po boy which was delicious and my wife had the soft shell crab, which she loved. we had 2 diet cokes with the meal that they charged us $8 for. i was shocked. $8 for 2 diet cokes..

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Great fish, but not much for vegetarians/non fish lovers. (But what fish hater, except my sister, would want to try a place called Brooklyn FISH Camp?!) Not cheap, but the lobster roll is really, really good.

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★★★★☆

Great fish, but not much for vegetarians/non fish lovers. (But what fish hater, except my sister, would want to try a place called Brooklyn FISH Camp?!) Not cheap, but the lobster roll is really, really good.

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Both lunch and dinner are pretty good values as far as seafood goes. Once I ordered lobster roll but they brought me lobster - they brought it back and then I got the lobster roll without much of a problem. I always found the service good, even thought they seem short-staffed, especially for lunch.

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★★★★☆

Both lunch and dinner are pretty good values as far as seafood goes. Once I ordered lobster roll but they brought me lobster - they brought it back and then I got the lobster roll without much of a problem. I always found the service good, even thought they seem short-staffed, especially for lunch.

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I've been to to this restaurant twice. The first time the food was delicious, but the service was painfully slow.

The 2nd time I called in a take-out order:

"Do you have lobster rolls today?"
"Yes."
"I'll take 4."
"No problem. Come by in 20 minutes to pick them up."

20 minutes later:

"Oh, a guest who was eating in ordered 4 lobster rolls, and since yours were the only 4 we had left, we served them to our sit down guests."

Enough said.

3
★★★☆☆

I've been to to this restaurant twice. The first time the food was delicious, but the service was painfully slow.

The 2nd time I called in a take-out order:

"Do you have lobster rolls today?"
"Yes."
"I'll take 4."
"No problem. Come by in 20 minutes to pick them up."

20 minutes later:

"Oh, a guest who was eating in ordered 4 lobster rolls, and since yours were the only 4 we had left, we served them to our sit down guests."

Enough said.

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I've been a few times, and in terms of taste, I have not had a bad meal. With that sad, it is overpriced. They use classic restaurant food cost trickery - the dish you receive is VERY light on the protein, and VERY heavy on the accompanying side dish. You'll get a small piece of fish, and a PILE of frieds, or salad, or veggie to have the appearance of a big meal. When in reality, you are paying a lot of money for VERY little fish. I've worked in restaurants for years which is how I know this. There is no other fish place in the neighborhood, and it is tasty, but be prepared to overpay.

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★★★☆☆

I've been a few times, and in terms of taste, I have not had a bad meal. With that sad, it is overpriced. They use classic restaurant food cost trickery - the dish you receive is VERY light on the protein, and VERY heavy on the accompanying side dish. You'll get a small piece of fish, and a PILE of frieds, or salad, or veggie to have the appearance of a big meal. When in reality, you are paying a lot of money for VERY little fish. I've worked in restaurants for years which is how I know this. There is no other fish place in the neighborhood, and it is tasty, but be prepared to overpay.

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My wife and I went on a cool summer night, and enjoyed the backyard space. That is, until four legged vermin showed up. After the third appearance we moved indoors (along with a few other diners) and enjoyed the rest of the meal there. A free round would have been nice, but they only took one beer off of the tab.

Like the other reviewers, this place can be expensive. $33 for a lobster roll slightly longer than a hot dog bun just won't cut it. The rest of the meal was good, though (good steamers, salty grilled sardines), and the hot fudge sundae was the best I've had in a while.

We will be returning, but will stay away from any "market price" entree, and will stay indoors.

1
★★☆☆☆

My wife and I went on a cool summer night, and enjoyed the backyard space. That is, until four legged vermin showed up. After the third appearance we moved indoors (along with a few other diners) and enjoyed the rest of the meal there. A free round would have been nice, but they only took one beer off of the tab.

Like the other reviewers, this place can be expensive. $33 for a lobster roll slightly longer than a hot dog bun just won't cut it. The rest of the meal was good, though (good steamers, salty grilled sardines), and the hot fudge sundae was the best I've had in a while.

We will be returning, but will stay away from any "market price" entree, and will stay indoors.

Pros: Great selection of beer on tap, good hot fudge sundae, receptive service

Cons: Expensive "market price", ratty backyard

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The food here was mediocre at best. It was totally overpriced- fish and chips was about $15.... There are so many other great places to go to eat and drink..... this place is not worth it...

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★☆☆☆☆

The food here was mediocre at best. It was totally overpriced- fish and chips was about $15.... There are so many other great places to go to eat and drink..... this place is not worth it...

Pros: nice garden

Cons: expensive, not tasty

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Ordering something on the menu at market price is like playing Russian Roulette -- I thought the rule of Market Price is that it should not be a dollar or two more than the highest price entree. When we got the bill and saw we were charged $33 each for our lobster rolls we were outraged! The restaurant is extremely casual and doesn't even have table cloths!!! The food was good, but we felt taken. We won't be returning.

1
★★☆☆☆

Ordering something on the menu at market price is like playing Russian Roulette -- I thought the rule of Market Price is that it should not be a dollar or two more than the highest price entree. When we got the bill and saw we were charged $33 each for our lobster rolls we were outraged! The restaurant is extremely casual and doesn't even have table cloths!!! The food was good, but we felt taken. We won't be returning.

Pros: food is good

Cons: prices are insanely high

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The service has deteriorated at Brooklyn Fish Camp while prices have gone up and the quality of the food has also gone down. I recently ordered $23 Lump Crab Meat crab cakes. I was given little brown cakes which were 75% filling and way to much cayenne. Our appetizers came almost 10 minutes apart too. My whole fish was quite small and we actually left hungry after spending almost $100 on a meal.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The service has deteriorated at Brooklyn Fish Camp while prices have gone up and the quality of the food has also gone down. I recently ordered $23 Lump Crab Meat crab cakes. I was given little brown cakes which were 75% filling and way to much cayenne. Our appetizers came almost 10 minutes apart too. My whole fish was quite small and we actually left hungry after spending almost $100 on a meal.

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We live nearby BFC. It's a little out of our price range for dining there except on special occasions, but we've eaten there 6 times in the last 2 years. Each time we've been, the front of house staff (not the waiters - they're fantastic - but the people who greet and seat you) has been so hideous to us that were it not for the exceptional fish dishes I would never return. As BFC doesn't take reservations you almost always have to wait by the bar - and be abused by the front of house staff until you are seated, which can be over an hour later!

The frizzy retro girl (with winged/ Dame Edna glasses) will yell at you if you try to order a drink. I was almost amused by the fact that she was turning away customers at 9pm on a Friday night because she "had a BBQ to go to" that night - WTF?? I'd be horrified if my staff were turning away customers so early and so rudely!

There's another girl who I can't describe, she is about 5'6" with brown hair, who eavesdrops on your conversation and chimes in - except she only hears the last part of what you said, so her uninvited opinions are often out of context and nothing to do with what you're *really* talking about. I'm a friendly person, so I wouldn't mind had she not been so nasty and gotten so personal. Again, I'd be super upset if that were my employee.

Considering you will spend at least $60 a head, I expect better service. So, if you're walking by and thinking about dining, you might want to see who's going to be seating you first...

1
★★★☆☆

We live nearby BFC. It's a little out of our price range for dining there except on special occasions, but we've eaten there 6 times in the last 2 years. Each time we've been, the front of house staff (not the waiters - they're fantastic - but the people who greet and seat you) has been so hideous to us that were it not for the exceptional fish dishes I would never return. As BFC doesn't take reservations you almost always have to wait by the bar - and be abused by the front of house staff until you are seated, which can be over an hour later!

The frizzy retro girl (with winged/ Dame Edna glasses) will yell at you if you try to order a drink. I was almost amused by the fact that she was turning away customers at 9pm on a Friday night because she "had a BBQ to go to" that night - WTF?? I'd be horrified if my staff were turning away customers so early and so rudely!

There's another girl who I can't describe, she is about 5'6" with brown hair, who eavesdrops on your conversation and chimes in - except she only hears the last part of what you said, so her uninvited opinions are often out of context and nothing to do with what you're *really* talking about. I'm a friendly person, so I wouldn't mind had she not been so nasty and gotten so personal. Again, I'd be super upset if that were my employee.

Considering you will spend at least $60 a head, I expect better service. So, if you're walking by and thinking about dining, you might want to see who's going to be seating you first...

Pros: great food, excellent wine, good service once you're seated

Cons: nasty staff, expensive, no reservations

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I've gone to Brooklyn Fish Camp twice. Once about a year ago and then again last night. A year ago, I would have given it five stars. Last night, brings it down to three. The staff there was very friendly and attentive, but the meal itself wasn't doing the trick. The lobster roll I ordered had big chunks of lobster, but a bit too heavy with the mayo which somewhat negated the lobster's taste - not something you want to do if you're springing for lobster! Overall, give it a shot, you might like it. It is a little pricey, but if you get my first experience, well worth it . . . last night's experience would be disappointing.

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★★★☆☆

I've gone to Brooklyn Fish Camp twice. Once about a year ago and then again last night. A year ago, I would have given it five stars. Last night, brings it down to three. The staff there was very friendly and attentive, but the meal itself wasn't doing the trick. The lobster roll I ordered had big chunks of lobster, but a bit too heavy with the mayo which somewhat negated the lobster's taste - not something you want to do if you're springing for lobster! Overall, give it a shot, you might like it. It is a little pricey, but if you get my first experience, well worth it . . . last night's experience would be disappointing.

Pros: Great friendly service

Cons: Pricey.

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I went here for a family birthday dinner. Five of us walked in at approximately 6:20 on a Thursday evening. The hostess said "Wow that's a large group, unless you aren't together", to which I replied "no we are, and there will be one more, so a table for six please." At first we were a little taken aback, as this seemed to present a problem, although the restaurant looked fairly empty, but they hastily put the table together for us.
The menu is fairly simple without much descriptions. There was no tap beer that evening, which was a disappointment. Not much of a selection of bottled beer either, we went with Brahma. The appetizers we ordered were served quickly - an order of fried oysters and clams were delicious but a tiny portion (maybe 3 of each). The lobster knuckles (special of the day) were ok, but pretty tasteless. I believe there were 2 shrimp in the "salt encrusted shrimp" appetizer. After we ate our appetizers (which took all of 8 minutes) we ordered another round of Brahma's - and tried to stall a little as we waited for our sixth dinner member. The waitress appeared and asked us if we wanted to go ahead and order. We replied that we would like to wait 5 more minutes if that was okay. She replied "well it would be more convenient for us if you ordered now, since you are a larger party, and it might get crowded." We called the other person who was very close by, and she told us to order for her, so we did. The food arrived in about 15 minutes. I had the Thai style Fried Sea Bass...which was very good. Everyone seemed generally happy with their food, except my brother who had the grilled Mahi Mahi, seemingly drenched in Grapfruit Juice! I heard the lobster roll was excellent. They seemed to continue to rush us along, taking plates without asking if we were done (my sister still had her fork in hand). All in all the food was good - a little on the expensive side, but fresh. Service not the friendliest to our "large party"! Probably would not go back here.

1
★★★☆☆

I went here for a family birthday dinner. Five of us walked in at approximately 6:20 on a Thursday evening. The hostess said "Wow that's a large group, unless you aren't together", to which I replied "no we are, and there will be one more, so a table for six please." At first we were a little taken aback, as this seemed to present a problem, although the restaurant looked fairly empty, but they hastily put the table together for us.
The menu is fairly simple without much descriptions. There was no tap beer that evening, which was a disappointment. Not much of a selection of bottled beer either, we went with Brahma. The appetizers we ordered were served quickly - an order of fried oysters and clams were delicious but a tiny portion (maybe 3 of each). The lobster knuckles (special of the day) were ok, but pretty tasteless. I believe there were 2 shrimp in the "salt encrusted shrimp" appetizer. After we ate our appetizers (which took all of 8 minutes) we ordered another round of Brahma's - and tried to stall a little as we waited for our sixth dinner member. The waitress appeared and asked us if we wanted to go ahead and order. We replied that we would like to wait 5 more minutes if that was okay. She replied "well it would be more convenient for us if you ordered now, since you are a larger party, and it might get crowded." We called the other person who was very close by, and she told us to order for her, so we did. The food arrived in about 15 minutes. I had the Thai style Fried Sea Bass...which was very good. Everyone seemed generally happy with their food, except my brother who had the grilled Mahi Mahi, seemingly drenched in Grapfruit Juice! I heard the lobster roll was excellent. They seemed to continue to rush us along, taking plates without asking if we were done (my sister still had her fork in hand). All in all the food was good - a little on the expensive side, but fresh. Service not the friendliest to our "large party"! Probably would not go back here.

Pros: Fresh Seafood, Ambience,

Cons: not for groups, pricey, small portions, not the friendliest

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I had the New Zealand Cockles and the Jumbo Lump Crabcakes, plus the French fries. All were outstanding. The Cockles are cooked in butter, white wine, and garlic slices, garnished with white beans. Just terrific. Well worth the $12 tab. The jumbo crabcakes were like no other crab cake that I had. Filled with large chunks of real crab, made to perfection. Fabulous! Two large round cakes. Alas, the $22 price is overpriced. They should be $15, top. The French fries are sliced into matchsticks and wonderfully spiced. Not sure how much I paid, but it was worth it. Large, tasty portion. One of the best FF I've ever had. All in all, this is an excellent restaurant, a bit pricey though.

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★★★★★

I had the New Zealand Cockles and the Jumbo Lump Crabcakes, plus the French fries. All were outstanding. The Cockles are cooked in butter, white wine, and garlic slices, garnished with white beans. Just terrific. Well worth the $12 tab. The jumbo crabcakes were like no other crab cake that I had. Filled with large chunks of real crab, made to perfection. Fabulous! Two large round cakes. Alas, the $22 price is overpriced. They should be $15, top. The French fries are sliced into matchsticks and wonderfully spiced. Not sure how much I paid, but it was worth it. Large, tasty portion. One of the best FF I've ever had. All in all, this is an excellent restaurant, a bit pricey though.

Pros: Excellent dishes

Cons: Price

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It was my birthday and my friends came to Brooklyn from the city to help me celebrate. We were told by the bartender that for a table of 6, we had to wait 20-25 minutes. On a Tuesday night with no reservation, we thought that was normal and we gladly waited at the bar. We ordered ONE bottle of wine and ONE beer - for which we wound up waiting 15 minutes. We were assured repeatedly that our "outside" table would be ready any minute. ONE HOUR AND FORTY MINUTES later, we were finally seated, but inside. No biggie, we were still in a good mood. The bartender had offered us ONE beer on the house for our troubles. OK.

The waitress was great (Saacha), the food was amazing and it arrived quickly. By this time it was 10:30pm and we were starving. At the end of the meal, I politely asked the waitress whether she would comp something, and she said yes. The next thing we know, the bartender comes over and says (and I quote verbatim), "I already gave you two beers (which he hadn't). No one held a gun to your head to stay here. Just pay the bill." I was so insulted, not to mention embarrassed in front of my friends, that I didn't know how to react. I told him we would pay and leave promptly - which we did. We also left a nice tip.

To the manager of Brooklyn Fish Camp: We live and work in Park Slope and are avid restaurant-goers in the area. You just lost not only our business, but that of our friends - which is not negligible (and they tell two friends, and so on...). We spent $350 at your establishment that night. A simple gesture of kindness would have sufficed to keep our future business.

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★★★☆☆

It was my birthday and my friends came to Brooklyn from the city to help me celebrate. We were told by the bartender that for a table of 6, we had to wait 20-25 minutes. On a Tuesday night with no reservation, we thought that was normal and we gladly waited at the bar. We ordered ONE bottle of wine and ONE beer - for which we wound up waiting 15 minutes. We were assured repeatedly that our "outside" table would be ready any minute. ONE HOUR AND FORTY MINUTES later, we were finally seated, but inside. No biggie, we were still in a good mood. The bartender had offered us ONE beer on the house for our troubles. OK.

The waitress was great (Saacha), the food was amazing and it arrived quickly. By this time it was 10:30pm and we were starving. At the end of the meal, I politely asked the waitress whether she would comp something, and she said yes. The next thing we know, the bartender comes over and says (and I quote verbatim), "I already gave you two beers (which he hadn't). No one held a gun to your head to stay here. Just pay the bill." I was so insulted, not to mention embarrassed in front of my friends, that I didn't know how to react. I told him we would pay and leave promptly - which we did. We also left a nice tip.

To the manager of Brooklyn Fish Camp: We live and work in Park Slope and are avid restaurant-goers in the area. You just lost not only our business, but that of our friends - which is not negligible (and they tell two friends, and so on...). We spent $350 at your establishment that night. A simple gesture of kindness would have sufficed to keep our future business.

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My husband and I were in the mood for seafood and decided to try the lobster at Brooklyn Fish Camp. There was a great crowd on Saturday night, great ambiance, and we only had to wait 20 minutes for a table. The service was impeccible, the food was even better. We initially ordered a bottle of wine and the waitress though we may not like it, so she offered us a taste. She was right and wound up choosing a wonderful bottle of wine that she selected. If you like french fries - try theirs, out of this world. I'd go back in a New York minute!

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★★★★★

My husband and I were in the mood for seafood and decided to try the lobster at Brooklyn Fish Camp. There was a great crowd on Saturday night, great ambiance, and we only had to wait 20 minutes for a table. The service was impeccible, the food was even better. We initially ordered a bottle of wine and the waitress though we may not like it, so she offered us a taste. She was right and wound up choosing a wonderful bottle of wine that she selected. If you like french fries - try theirs, out of this world. I'd go back in a New York minute!

Pros: Everything

Cons: No reservations

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Cute place in a cute town. You can find some great deals in Park Slope for dinner for four. BFC is not one of them. Here are the good things: good ambience, well lit for a romantic dinner, not pretentious, food is pretty good, service is warm and prompt. The not so goods: very pricey appetizers - $12 for a half cup of fried clams, $6 for two corn on the cob and $6 for a small plate of fries. Cokes are 10 oz and expensive. Entrees are a bit pricey too for average sized portions. But the food itself is pretty good. Just not worth the price. Our party had a good time, but we felt like to go to Gray's Papaya afterwards to balance the evening. If you're pocket is padded, then it's a no brainer, but if you're not ready to drop $200 for four, don't go.

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★★☆☆☆

Cute place in a cute town. You can find some great deals in Park Slope for dinner for four. BFC is not one of them. Here are the good things: good ambience, well lit for a romantic dinner, not pretentious, food is pretty good, service is warm and prompt. The not so goods: very pricey appetizers - $12 for a half cup of fried clams, $6 for two corn on the cob and $6 for a small plate of fries. Cokes are 10 oz and expensive. Entrees are a bit pricey too for average sized portions. But the food itself is pretty good. Just not worth the price. Our party had a good time, but we felt like to go to Gray's Papaya afterwards to balance the evening. If you're pocket is padded, then it's a no brainer, but if you're not ready to drop $200 for four, don't go.

Pros: ambience, food, not pretentious

Cons: pricey pricey, small portions, pricey pricey

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It was such a beautiful day, my girlfriend and I wanted to sit and eat outside...the hostess took our name and let us know that she'd call us on our cell phone when our table would be ready (we had a 40 minute wait)...my steamers were great, but my girlfriend's mussels were over-cooked...I ordered a lobster, which was cooked to perfection, my girlfriend had the lobster roll (highly over-rated and disappointing)...we barely saw our server during our meal (and it wasn't that busy by the time we sat down)...but I definately saw some other dishes I want to come back and try...

2
★★★★☆

It was such a beautiful day, my girlfriend and I wanted to sit and eat outside...the hostess took our name and let us know that she'd call us on our cell phone when our table would be ready (we had a 40 minute wait)...my steamers were great, but my girlfriend's mussels were over-cooked...I ordered a lobster, which was cooked to perfection, my girlfriend had the lobster roll (highly over-rated and disappointing)...we barely saw our server during our meal (and it wasn't that busy by the time we sat down)...but I definately saw some other dishes I want to come back and try...

Pros: location, ambience, pricing

Cons: service

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Brooklyn Fish Camp is such a wonderful dining experience. The staff is friendly and inviting. It is much less crowded than Mary's in the village, so its less hurried. You can't go wrong.

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★★★★★

Brooklyn Fish Camp is such a wonderful dining experience. The staff is friendly and inviting. It is much less crowded than Mary's in the village, so its less hurried. You can't go wrong.

Pros: Excellent Service, Good Food, Near R train

Cons: Smallish

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BFC feels like a New England coast seafood restaurant, only it's better. Having lived downeast, I know how difficult it is to find a decent seafood spot up there. At BFC and MFC in the City, you get a daily choice of all types of shellfish, whole prepared fish, raw treats, lobster rolls, soups, salads and desserts. I tried some BC oysters that were expertly shucked and very fresh, and inexpensive (6-4-10.) I also had lovely pan seared soft-shell crab on a bed of arugula, yellow tomatoes, jalapenos and unfortunately unripe avocados. I am a big fan of gazpacho, but I found the one here a tad rough around the edges, maybe even a little thoughtless. I'd stick with the seafood. There's no bar, only beer and wine, and you're likely to be annoyed by unruly Park Slope offsprings, so come late and enjoy the smart wine list.

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★★★★☆

BFC feels like a New England coast seafood restaurant, only it's better. Having lived downeast, I know how difficult it is to find a decent seafood spot up there. At BFC and MFC in the City, you get a daily choice of all types of shellfish, whole prepared fish, raw treats, lobster rolls, soups, salads and desserts. I tried some BC oysters that were expertly shucked and very fresh, and inexpensive (6-4-10.) I also had lovely pan seared soft-shell crab on a bed of arugula, yellow tomatoes, jalapenos and unfortunately unripe avocados. I am a big fan of gazpacho, but I found the one here a tad rough around the edges, maybe even a little thoughtless. I'd stick with the seafood. There's no bar, only beer and wine, and you're likely to be annoyed by unruly Park Slope offsprings, so come late and enjoy the smart wine list.

Pros: Seafood, Value, Space/Location

Cons: No bar, Some non-fish dishes, Unruly kids

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The Brooklyn outpost of the West Village seafood restaurant offers the same grub as the original---the famous and delectable lobster roll, savory ceviche, an array of freshly shucked oysters, or the changing specials of grilled or fried…

 

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