Sometimes downtown New Yorkers forget that the Meatpacking District isn’t only about late-night clubs filled with the bridge and tunnel crowd. There are cool nightlife spots like LeBain, nearby Chelsea Market for shopping and long dinner and brunch waits at Pastis. This fall, Catch, a tri-level seafood restaurant, opened in MPD by a Top Chef titleholder, Hung Huynh, bringing more than fresh fish to the neighborhood.
This seafood palace is perfect for a night out with your girlfriends when celebrating a birthday or bachelorette and for a date with a guy who doesn’t mind shelling out a decent amount of cash on the meal. Catch may not be the most expensive seafood restaurant in the city, but those shared plates and cocktails will add up fast!
Start things off at the first-level raw bar, then settle in at the upstairs kitchenside chef’s table for a dinner of shared appetizers, healthy plates, and gourmet desserts.
Standout starters include Crunchy Rice Cakes (tuna tartare, wasabi, tobiko) for a crunchy base topped with tender raw tuna. The Scallop Dumplings (with shrimp, caviar-vichyssoise) are a seafood take on the traditional pork.
Cheese lovers shouldn't skip Macaroni & Lobster Cream (mascarpone, breadcrumbs) for an indulgent creamy taste. The Crispy Shrimp (spicy mayo) offers a lightly battered sweet and spicy bite.
For dinner, even your health-conscious friends will rejoice with a list of “Simply Cooked” options, including Seared Tuna, Grilled Mahi Mahi and Salmon a la Plancha. If everyone has the same taste, “Big Fish” are offered, such as the $72 Crispy Whole Snapper to share as a couple or among a few friends.
The talents of Pastry Chef Thiago Silva will remind you to leave room for dessert. From the Peanut Butter Cup Soufflé to the plate of gourmet cookies, your sweet tooth will be satisfied.
After filling up on dinner, head to the glass penthouse on the roof for a lounge-like space with reflective gold brick, leather banquettes and possibly a bit of dancing and debauchery.
Catch. 21 Ninth Ave.