• Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Best of NYC Seafood

Mary's Fish Camp: A Florida Childhood
August 1, 2019
By , Founder and Editor-in-chief

Good for: Lunch and dinner during the week, which is chilled out like its seaside-themed menu. The weekends are a bit of a zoo, unless you get there early enough to beat the traffic since there are no reservations, and they only seat complete parties.

Atmosphere: Beachside with a laid-back seafood shack vibe. You step in, and you’re in restaurant founder Mary Redding’s Florida childhood.

Why we like it: It’s an oldie, but a goodie. It’s been around for almost 20 years, and there’s a reason. Especially now: nothing says summer like a good, fat, lobster roll, which is Mary’s Fish Camp’s specialty. There is something very nostalgic about the simplicity of eating classic seashore food during the summertime that’s fresh enough to think it still has dinner plans. And on top of that, doing so in the West Village, one of the quaintest neighborhoods in New York City.

What to order: The menu doesn’t stop at lobster rolls. There are so many hidden gems, like the Fried Clams, for example. The portions are child-size, so it’s better to order two of everything. We also recommend the Atlantic Cod Sandwich – it might be the French bread, the cod seasoning, or the fresh cod itself, but it’ll rock your world. Everything should be accompanied by the Mary’s Fish Camp French fries, which come out in a huge mount that we love dowsing in vinegar.