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Seamore’s

Restaurants, Seafood Nolita
1 out of 5 stars
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(9user reviews)
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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczCrispy fish tacos at Seamore's
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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczThe Reel Deal at Seamore's
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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczOh-boy Sandwich at Seamore's
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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczSeamore's
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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczSeamore's

Time Out says

1 out of 5 stars

Michael Chernow has a knack for turning the unfashionable into white-hot hits. In 2010, with cofounder Daniel Holzman, Chernow launched the Meatball Shop on the Lower East Side, a quirky counter peddling the Sunday night nonna staple to an adversely well-heeled downtown clientele. Five years, six locations and legions of disciples later, the Meatball Shop has become a gentrification marker that your neighborhood dining has gone full-steam basic.

And what Chernow did for ground-beef spheres, he aims to replicate with Seamore’s, a white-washed, pastel-trimmed Nolita remake of old Montauk fish shacks, spotlighting underutilized species (monkfish, tilefish) from east-end outfits Dock to Dish and Sea to Table.

That’s a well and noble cause— if you could actually decipher what catch you’re eating. Stuffed into tough, leathery corn tortillas, spicy squid ($13) arrives aggressively sauced and accessorized—kale and apples and corn nuts, oh my!—dulling any traces of the mollusk’s delicate sweetness. It’s fried-fish cousin ($15), built recently with spiny dogfish, is similarly overcast, obscured by excessive battering and squiggles of guacamole and chipotle mayo. A ceviche of scallops ($13) smacks so hard of vinegary Tabasco and fried garlic it’s damn-near stomach turning.

The bulk of the menu is devoted to the Reel Deal ($21), a do-it-yourself spread of that day’s catch (porgy, hake), choice of sauce (red curry, a viscous miso brown butter) and sides such as salad-bar sesame soba noodles and wilted Chinese broccoli. But the simple, seared preparation of the fish here just makes a case for the rest of the menu’s zealous saucing—underseasoned and overcooked, squeaking harshly against tooth. Better stick to those meatballs.

By: Christina Izzo

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Address: 390 Broome St
New York
10013
Cross street: between Cleveland Pl and Mulberry St
Transport: Subway: J, Z to Bowery; 6 to Spring St
Price: Average dish: $15. AmEx, MC, V
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Opening hours: Daily 5pm–midnight
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Users say (9)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

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I walked into Seamore's expecting a carbon copy of Meatball Shop with an extensive fish menu, but was pleasantly surprised to see that the atmosphere is completely different. From seating to the bright airy decor this restaurant provide awesome ambiance for large groups and solo diners the same.


I decided to go with the current special which changes every few weeks depending on what they can get fresh. I was underwhelmed by the Shrimp and Grits with a Tomato Diavlo sauce. Although the shrimp was great, the grits missed the mark which is an essential part to this southern tribute dish. The diavlo sauce was a bit to strong in my opinion, but my dining partner found it to be fine. Altogether the sauce kept the dish together but I wouldn't order it again if I had the chance.


One major draw is their partnership with Oddfellows Ice Cream Co. I ended up loving the Key Lime soft serve with Graham Cracker topping which is exclusively sold there. Their sole desert took my experience from a 6 to a solid 7.5. 


It is not enough to just go once before deciding if you hate it or love it. The menu although simple, contains so many fish options that you have to sample a few. 


Prices are reasonable and I would definitely give it another try next time in Nolita.

tastemaker

Seamore's is the restaurant that finally answers the question, "Can you get quality seafood in New York without eating it on a white tablecloth and spending half your paycheck?" Seamore's is like that one friend you have that you can't possibly imagine someone not getting along with. You'd be hard pressed to find someone that's had an off-putting experience at Seamore's.


The move here is obviously their "reel deal" special- $24 for a choice of market fish, choice of sauce, and choice of side. You cannot beat that in this town. Don't like seafood? Well first of all, expand your horizons. But second of all, I'm told (/I've heard) that their fired chicken is very solid, as is their burger. But please do not come here for those.


Taking one star off because our starters were very passable. The poke was very good but nothing you can't find elsewhere, and the crispy squid was just that- kind of reminded me of the fried calamari we would always order from the pizzeria in my hometown in Jersey.  

tastemaker

Seamore's is a great place to go for lunch if you're craving something light but still exciting.  I would recommend splitting an order of the poke and ordering some salads and taco's for the table.  They always have really great specials so make sure to ask your server about those before ordering.  Great place to sit outside when the weather is nice

tastemaker

Seamore's restaurant stands chic at the corner of NoLita and Little Italy. The place is trendy, has plenty of outdoor seating. I like the glass windows--with natural light that brightens up the place.

Now let's talk about getting 'reel' humongous crispy fish tacos!! It's golden & crisp on the outside but juicy on the inside. It's nicely portioned and being that you're at a seafood restaurant, expect it to be a little pricey! 😉

But if you ask me if I'll come back, I would certainly go for brunch or dig in to their $1 oysters during happy hour.

tastemaker

pretty cute atmosphere - I think it would be a great spot for dates (if they enjoy seafood). they offer three kinds of fish of the day, and the staff was very helpful with explaining the differences between all fish. they also offer odd fellow soft serve for dessert, which gave it a nice touch to the end of the evening.  


Looooove this place! Food tastes fresh and service is wonderful. Had the poke dip which was probably the best tuna I've ever eaten. Also had the po-boy which I still dream about. It's location is in a great part of the city and the wait is never too long!

tastemaker

As an avid fan of the meatball shop, I was so excited to come here as soon as I heard it was opening. After being here 3 times I feel comfortable enough to write a review: yes it's expensive, it's definitely no meatball shop, but it for sure is yummy. They're poke is unbelievable, and their veggies are on point. As for the fish, I've been lucky enough to hit the right choice 3 out of 3 times, but I do think it might be difficult if you don't know your fish well. Especially when ordering the reel deal, the selections are super specific and you really need to know what you like and which sauce each fish should be paired with in order to get a successful meal.

I usually like any fish combo with the miso butter, really yummy. Their fish and chips special with Yukon gold potatoes is on point. Vibe is nice - cool place to go to solo and sit at the best when you are in the mood from something yummy and healthy (and $$ for how casual it is).

Overall, I'm a fan.


The place was very white and bright, with an open kitchen, and our waitress was the friendliest person in the whole world. I ordered ceviche, which came in a small bowl! I also ordered the octopus tacos because I thought the combination of kale, apple and corn nuts sounded interesting, and while they were good,they definitely had a bit too much barbecue sauce. I'm glad I went, but I don't think it's a place I'll hit up again.