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#1 joethefoodie

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 04:07 PM

Let's start with the 30 minute walk from my apartment - along South Street - and which I won't do again, as South Street is basically one long construction zone, leaving you walking with bikes, scooters, etc. on a path that's wide enough for none of the above.  One used to be able to walk along the river, but not really any more. But I did arrive safely at the seaport, where The Fulton is located. It's all the way out at the end of the pier, and a really nice job has been done on the pier, with plenty of seating, both for patrons and just people wanting to sit and look at the water, bridges, and all sorts of activity above and upon the river.

 

The Fulton is gorgeous, and I was able to grab a seat the downstairs bar; had I realized there was also the raw bar a level up, I might've chosen that, but I was content with views from where I was situated, and everything from the raw bar is available downstairs, so no problems there.

 

A short wines by the glass list, and I started with a nice Savennières, while studying the menus. There was a lot to choose from, and it was only me, so there were some hard choices to be made. I really like Manhattan clam chowder, and I can't remember when I've had a Manhattan clam chowder that I really liked...(such as the version at the Oyster Bar, which was insipid on my last visit there). This one however, was as good as I've had; nice and spicy, rich and clammy, as it should be. I don't know if the glass of Riesling I had to accompany it made it better, but it worked for me.  Served with some lovely bread and butter, 2 slices dark and sweet, 2 slices the opposite, and I didn't even have to ask - or pay extra for it!

 

I was battling around stuff in my head to have for a main course, but I kept returning to one item in particular, I suppose as an homage to Sneakeater, Fish (flounder!) and Crisps:

 

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The flounder, a large, beautiful piece, fried beautifully, sitting atop the "crisps," which were actually twice fried potato puffs. Alongside, superfluous and almost too sweet crushed peas, and saffron aioli. Just great.

 

Dessert, as if I needed it, was a couple of scoops of very nice house-made ice cream - pistachio and vanilla are the flavors I think I had.

 

The prices, at least for now, are kinda weirdly low, at least for some of the dishes. And at least for now, I can't wait to return, because so much of the menu was calling my name. Next time though, I'll be walking on Water Street.

 

COMP DISCLOSURE: A glass of wine along the way. 

 

 



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Posted 21 August 2019 - 06:36 PM

That flounder does look good.


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Posted 21 August 2019 - 06:37 PM

Make that FUCKING good.


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Posted 21 August 2019 - 07:18 PM

Make that FUCKING good.

Yeah, it was.  And today I got a a picture from a friend who was fishing yesterday, off the south shore (so there are plenty out there)...

 

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Bottom one is 8 pounds!

 

Funny, I hadn't read the Wells' review until now, but seems like he liked the flounder. And the clam chowder as well.



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Posted 31 August 2019 - 05:22 PM

Returned last night, this time with Significant Eater, and this time via bus.

 

No room at the downstairs bar, but plenty up on the 2nd floor, aka the raw bar.  It's a gorgeous room, with fabulous views.

 

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But...it lacks the energy of downstairs.  It also means you're getting served by a wait person, as opposed to the bartender, even though there are 2 "cooks" behind the raw bar.  Now those 2 men, in this case, were perhaps the most disinterested people I've ever seen working behind a raw bar.  Or any bar.  Zero interaction with guests (us and a few others) sitting at the raw bar.  Zero eye contact.  Zero personalities. I mean, if I were working behind that bar, you're in a gorgeous room, you probably haven't been there before...there would be some schmoozing going on. Anyway...

 

Our wait person was kind of lame. I get it, it's the last week of "summer," blah, blah, blah. It started with missing the glass a bit when pouring my first taste from the bottle of wine we ordered.  It continued by serving us our 2nd course, while the stuff from our apps was still on the bar. And since our 2nd course included the Manhattan clam chowder I qvelled about after my first visit, it might be helpful to serve the soup with spoons. Which might have happened, had the table been bussed before bringing over our next plates. Anyway...

 

The food. We started with shrimp cocktail and peeky-toe crab lettuce wraps. Both come from the kitchen, not the raw bar, where the only thing they evidently do is shuck oysters, shuck clams, and look disinterested. The shrimp came on an iced platter along with the lettuce wraps. And it was 6 beautifully cooked shrimp, just sitting on ice. It's a shrimp cocktail. Significant Eater tries to get the attention of one of the guys, to no avail. Even when saying, "HEY!" Anyway...

 

Wait person walks by, we mention that this doesn't appear to be a shrimp cocktail; apologies accepted, and we're brought a cup of cocktail sauce. Yum! Peeky-toe crab was good, too.

 

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Our next plates were that clam chowder and the fried-soft shell crab.  Great crab, beautifully fried, next to a jalapeno coriander salsa.  The salsa was delicious and super spicy, it reminded me of that green sauce that comes with Peruvian chicken.  Excellent...but not really great for the soft-shell, which is a bit more delicate than a marinated, roasted chicken.  Anyway...

 

For our mains, Sig Eater order the halibut "T-Bone." Nicely cooked, but I wonder if it was the freshest piece of fish we've ever had.

I had the fritto misto salad, which was a hot mess, not necessarily in a good way. The fried stuff turned soggy from the salad, the salad turned wilted from the hot fried stuff. Weird.

 

Anyway...



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Posted 01 September 2019 - 08:53 PM

Right now, The Fulton is very very good.

 

But everything about it -- as an example, the cute very young bartender told me her favorite drink is an Aperol Spritz, hardly the sign of a long-term dedication to excellence on the part of those who hired her -- suggests that the place is going to start sucking in a few months, after the review cycle has terminated and it's catering to the tourists and night-outers who are clearly its primary target clientele.

 

So go now.  It's very very good.  Now.


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Posted 02 September 2019 - 11:53 AM

Right now, The Fulton is very very good.

 

But everything about it -- as an example, the cute very young bartender told me her favorite drink is an Aperol Spritz, hardly the sign of a long-term dedication to excellence on the part of those who hired her -- suggests that the place is going to start sucking in a few months, after the review cycle has terminated and it's catering to the tourists and night-outers who are clearly its primary target clientele.

 

So go now.  It's very very good.  Now.

 

At least you got to sit at the downstairs bar (I'm guessing)?

 

Did you have the flounder?



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Posted 02 September 2019 - 04:35 PM

I went there intending to have the flounder.  But then I noticed the sea bass with some sort of emulsion on the menu, and I thought, "I'm here at a Jean-Georges restaurant, might as well go with the emulsion."

 

I know I'll be back.  Flounder next time.

 

ETA -- Yeah, the downstairs bar.


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Posted 02 September 2019 - 07:13 PM

But then I noticed the sea bass with some sort of emulsion on the menu, and I thought, "I'm here at a Jean-Georges restaurant, might as well go with the emulsion."


To be clear, the emulsion was on the sea bass, not on the menu. They were both listed on the menu.


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Posted 02 September 2019 - 07:13 PM

Well, actually, the emulsion was under the sea bass.

 

You know what I mean.


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