Saturday, July 3, 2010
FISH - West Village - 6 Blue Point Oyster Special & Seafood Gumbo
While the whole menu is great, what gets a lot of people in here is their deal on oysters. They offer an amazing deal, 6 Blue Point Oysters plus a glass of wine or a PBR for eight dollars. With that price you will see many people walk in here and get several rounds. Considering beer & wine is rarely seen for less than six dollars, everyone walks away happy. The dish comes very simply presented with some lemon, aioli, and a tartar sauce. However, MY favorite way to eat an oyster, is with a little dab of Tabasco. (Yes, two blogs in a row where I proved my manliness by eating spicy food) The point is, Oysters + drinks = cheap good meal (and a good time). Nothing more to say about that deal.
I, however, cannot survive on oysters alone. I decided to get a bowl of seafood gumbo (not pictured) because I can rarely pass up a good bowl of gumbo.
Let's take a second to talk about my standards for a good gumbo:
1. It needs a suitable amount of fish, shrimp, mussels and whatever other seafood that is included. Come on, it's SEAFOOD gumbo.
2. Okra, onion, celery, and bell peppers are a necessity. Anything else can be deemed overkill.
3. It's gotta have a little kick to it. (Thrice now)
4. GIVE ME RICE
FISH's gumbo has almost everything I could ask for, and it tastes fantastic. However, it's missing that key fourth need, rice. While rice brings nothing to the table flavor-wise, it does bring the most important thing to me, texture. Without rice, seafood gumbo, to me, is just a heavy soup or a light stew. FISH also happens to be the only restaurant in the city that doesn't carry white rice, so I couldn't even get it on the side.
Anyways, rice-less qualities aside, FISH is a great spot. If you're in the West Village on Bleecker, and you are looking for a seafood fix, this is your place.
UPDATE: I found a picture on my phone of the amazing catfish po-boy!