Go Fish On the Upper West Side…NYC Restaurant Review

Mexican Seafood.

No brainer…appears to be a compatible relationship.

It turns out to be a love match at the brand new El Fish Marisqueria on the upper west side.

The ambiance is appealing considering it was a run down wreck of a bodega for many years.

We opted to sit at the bar.

The 1,500 square foot space is semi-divided by a brick arched wall with a 60-seat dining area and oyster bar on one side and a 15-seat cocktail bar on the other.

The bartender is a friendly import from Mexico whose suggestions were spot on.

After imbibing vodka on the rocks we were ready to roll.

We kicked the meal off with Tostada de Atun comprised of yellowfin tuna and black truffle salsa macha. The fish was fabulous and loved the tostada crunch ($25).

Perfect for a cold winter’s night, we followed the opening gambit with a delicate, tasty Clam Chowder Tortilla Soup with chicharron tomato-chile clam soup, queso fresco, avocado and crema ($15).

We ordered a side of Corn Esquite with two different types of corn (one having huge kernels), queso fresco and salsa macha-aioli ($10).

The highlight was the scrumptious Fideo Seco which was comprised of Fidel pasta, an ample serving of lobster, black truffle, tomato-chipotle creamy sauce, queso fresco and avocado ($38).

Chef Julian Medina and Louis Skibar, partners in the Toloache Restaurant Group which owns among other establishments, Toloache, Old John’s and Coppelia, have just added El Fish to the group.

Chef Medina spent time in Ensenada embarking on a culinary odyssey to Mexico’s fishing capital. He visited fish and farmers’ markets, discovering the perfect ingredients to creatively create new dishes combined with traditional recipes from the region.

It is exciting to have a lovely neighborhood restaurant which serves innovative, delicious food.

El Fish Marisqueria also features a separate raw bar.

El Fish Marisquiera 155 Amsterdam Avenue at West 67th Street New York City. Open daily 5-10pm.  Reservations on Resy.


  1. Terry Nicholas says:

    Again, I love your choices and your evocative descriptions!

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