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Mary's Fish Camp

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Mary's Fish Camp

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Address: 64 Charles Street (at 4th St.)
City: New York, NY
Zip: 10014
Phone: (646) 486.2185
Fax: (646) 486.6703
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Map: Map
Cuisine: Seafood
Area: Greenwich Village
Entree Price: $25-30
Takeout: Yes
Payment: Amex Visa Mastercard Discover


Mary's Fish Camp is a fitting name for this restaurant since on most nights you'll find people camped out waiting an hour or so for a table. There are no reservations, meaning rich and poor are all in the same camp. And that often has many people taking a seat at the counter, which serves as a respite for both singles and groups, and gives you a chance to chat with the friendly staff. So is Mary's worth the wait? It is if you're a seafood lover. As soon as you walk in the door you'll know that fish reign supreme. Whether it's someone shucking fresh oysters, or grilling baby octopus, or roasting red salmon, the aroma of "fresh" fish fills the air. Fried oysters, the melt-in-your-mouth kind, make for a good starter, along with some very spicy conch fritters. A bowl of Canadian steamers is served with a rich broth and butter for dipping. "Lobster nuckles" are a real treat but be prepared to do a bit of work. A large mound of freshly chilled lobster limbs, minus the claws (hence nuckles), requires some cracking and picking, but the healthy amounts of tender lobster meat you'll find make this dish worth ordering and a steal at $12. Other dishes worth noting; a special of sardines with roasted fennel and a shelfish Bouillabaisse that is definitely on our short list for the next visit. Other main dishes include pan-fried brook trout, pan-seared scallops and softshell crabs. But the dish Mary's is famous for (due to a rivalry with her former partner at Pearl's) is the Lobster Roll; large chunks of lobster meat, a touch of celery, in a creamy mayonaise sauce served atop a hot dog roll. A heaping helping of homemade shoe-string potatoes make this sandwich a meal. And that's no fish tale!

Review By: Thomas Rafael