Time Out says
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.
390 Broome St
|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|
|Opening hours:||Daily 5pm–midnight|
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Users say (9)
Average User Rating
3.6 / 5
- 5 star:1
- 4 star:5
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
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.
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!
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.