31 Union Square West @ 16th
New York City
Visited: July 29, 2006 for Lunch
A rather pleasant lunch at the ever-popular Blue Water Grill doesn’t make us rush back, but it’s a fine choice for a lunch or brunch spot near Union Square – or a raw bar emergency. The other multi-dimensional offerings include people watching, dining outside or
for the jazz deprived, there is live music in the downstairs lounge after 6pm.
The food was fresh and well presented. The dining room has a quiet upstairs balcony with banquettes; the downstairs (main floor) was quite noisy and packed for a Saturday lunch.
The menu offers fish and shellfish mostly and almost too many choices makes the menu a bit unwieldy. Service was good – and they tried to accommodate a young dinner (just four-years-old) with some off-menu choices. It’s not a cheap lunch though and for dollar value there should be serious consideration. Sashimi at $3-4.50/pc will get you very poor very quickly. Oysters seem a bargain in comparison.
Oysters on the Half Shell
from $2-$2.65 each
Marion Point, PEI
Fishing Creek, Delaware Bay
Indian Point, PEI
Bayonet Point, PEI
Jack’s favorites were the Marion Point and the Moonstone. Presentation was with four sauces and lemon. Oysters seemed fresh and shucked to order.
Tuna Summer Roll $11
Tuna, mango, and avocado with rice in a soy wrapper roll. Served with a chili miso sauce. Very nice. Presented (oddly ?) with Kikkomen low sodium soy sauce and chopsticks.
Maine Lobster Sandwich $22
Nothing special but tasty. A clump of lobster salad on a brioche Kaiser with a piece of applewood smoked bacon, slices of tomato, arugula, avocado and cucumber. Served with thin potato chips, which were great!
Drinks: 2003 Colterenzio Schreck Bichl Praedium Prail Sauvignon Alto Adige $43
The nose of this sauvignon blanc has a hint of passion fruit and jasmine tea. Center has good structure with broiled grapefruit on finish. Clean finish with just enough acids – it doesn’t have big acids like a Sancerre or a NZ SB. Quite enjoyable. 3
Santa Lucia water $8/btl
A nice medium sparkling water from Italy. Very enjoyable and recommended. One of Joanne’s favorites.
Overall: Not a destination, but a great, large, casual seafood restaurant that we would go back to.
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