- At 50th St.
- 945 2nd Avenue
Brian Owens and chef Todd Mitgang have opened Crave Fishbar, a vibrant, convivial seafood restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. Combining an inspired menu with an elegant setting, it arrives four years after the original Crave Ceviche Bar was destroyed in a tragic crane accident across the street, and recalls the spirit of the former restaurant as Mitgang continues to explore creative new ways to prepare seafood.
Fans of the original location will find its signature Spicy Tuna on Plancha Grilled Yucca at Crave Fishbar, along with a brand new, ever-changing menu of exciting seafood preparations. Appetizers showcase Mitgang’s deft approach to raw fish, such as Local Black Bass Sashimi, Local Fluke Crudo and King Salmon Sashimi with Avocado Puree, while entrees take inspiration from cuisines around the world, with dishes such as Olive Oil Poached Local Hake with Salsa Verde, Lardo and Watermelon and Lobster Curry with Thai Apple and Japanese Eggplant. A selection of pasta and meat dishes, such as Homemade Sheep’s Milk Cavatelli and Vinegar Fried Free Range Chicken Leg, round out the menu. Simple, comforting desserts such as a Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie with Vanilla Ice Cream and Flourless Chocolate Cake with Cashew Buttercream bring the meal to a sweet and memorable end.
A 25-foot-long marble bar at the front of the restaurant is an inviting spot for dinner with friends or inventive cocktails, including The Captain Melon made with gin, watermelon, St. Germain and kaffir lime, and The Conquistador Negroni, a take on the classic drink made with rum, sherry and aperol. The wine list provides playful sensory descriptions for each bottle and glass, inspiring new and unexpected pairings with Mitgang’s distinctive menu.
Designed by Nicole Cota Studios, the 60-seat space gives guests the feeling that they’re dining in the cabin of a beautiful old ship. Porthole-shaped mirrors, panels of weathered, “wormy chestnut” wood and woolen plaid booths appear as though they are from the quarters of the seamen and captains whose portraits are scattered throughout the restaurant.
An eclectic mix of salvaged materials from the original Crave, along with custom made chairs and tables by furniture company Recycled Brooklyn, contribute to the rustic feel of the space. The restaurant is given a splash of color from deep blue wallpaper decorated with striking patterns of jellyfish and squid. In the private dining room, industrial light fixtures illuminate a sprawling ceiling mural of an octopus above a butcher’s block bar that will soon serve a raw bar menu.
Open for dinner seven days a week, and lunch Monday through Friday, Crave Fishbar has taken its place once again as a neighborhood fixture, providing regulars and newcomers alike with an approachable and sophisticated menu in a vibrant setting.