Though chef-owner Ron Svenningsen used to be the cook at Marble Collegiate Church, dining at his restaurant isn’t quite a religious experience. Dishes include lobster rolls, fried clams, steamers and lobster “served in the rough,” suggesting a Maine seaside shack; the maroon decor is more Corn Belt. During the week, there’s a pianist, and on weekends, a jazz singer. Some of the Maine native’s offerings make a pilgrimage worthwhile, especially the creamy, seafood-packed chowder and seafood crêpe.
292 Fifth Ave
|Cross street:||between 30th and 31st Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun noon–9pm; Fri, Sat noon–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: R to 28th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $18. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|