For great seafood in an upscale and elegant atmosphere, I would recommend The Sea Fire Grill. With a wide variety of cold and hot seafood dishes as well as steak, there is something here for almost everyone. It is a great place to celebrate an anniversary or birthday, and it is also popular for nice business dinners.
Right as we sat down we were presented with bread and a whitefish spread, which was a flavorful change from regular butter or olive oil. We started out with a selection of fresh oysters, which were creamy and delicious. We then ordered the Madagascar garlic prawns, chilled lobster salad, yellowfin tuna, filet Rossini, wild mushrooms, and lobster mac and cheese.
The prawns were juicy and had just the right amount of garlic to be flavorful but not overwhelming, and the lobster salad was crisp and flavorful. The tuna had a nice sesame-soy vinaigrette, and the filet was cooked to a perfect medium-rare. The Rossini-style had foie gras, black truffles, and a Madeira sauce and, although flavorful, was a bit too rich. The sides were prepared wonderfully as well, and the mac and cheese was a favorite of both of ours. As with many posh New York restaurants, The Sea Fire Grill has an extensive wine list to fit a variety of palates and budgets.
Overall, the atmosphere of the restaurant was very nice. It felt upscale with its white table cloths, dim lighting, and crisply-dressed servers. We came at prime time and even though we had a reservation we had to wait a little bit. Also, the noise level was pretty high, which was fine for our situation but would maybe interfere with a romantic date.
Although busy, the service was very nice. Our server was happy to give suggestions and didn’t rush through our courses. He was attentive to our needs and yet gave us space to enjoy our food and conversation.