102 Norfolk St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.718601 -73.987201
excellent seafood – Tides is FANTASTIC!!!!!!! I've been here for lunch for work and every time we go, the food is consistently delicious. The service is incredible. We've had a different server every time and they've all been wonderful. The fish is extremely fresh, the sandwiches are great, the key lime is to die for. It's not very cheap but it's totally worth the price.
Best grilled fish in the city – Great small restaurant with the best fish in the city.
The whole fish of the day is always delicious. And their lobster is incredibly fresh.
Crispy sweet potato chips also make a great appetizer.
Last but not least, it is small enough and has a good design so that you can have a conversation without having to shout.
The BEST seafood - Delicious! – I heard about Tides from a friend that recommended it so I decided to try it out with a few friends. The ceiling is amazing and the atmosphere is intimate. Our waiter was very knowledgable about the wines and recommended a great cabernet. We started off with mussels, fried clams and oysters, and fried calamari. The mussels were in a delicious lemon garlic sauce, which is great for dipping the baguettes. The fried clams and oysters were cripsy and the calamari came with a tasty sauce. For entrees, I ordered the bouillabaisse, which was an absolutely wonderful spicy soupy mix of seafood. My friend ordered the lobster roll and I had a bite. I have to say, it was really good, I could have eaten the whole thing! My other friend ordered the whole fish, which she said had great flavor and was very fresh. We got a side of sweet potato chips to share. They are addictive! For dessert, we ordered the pineapple cake, which was light and a perfect way to finish off dinner. I would highly recommend a visit to Tides.
A 5 for the food, 10 for the service...WORTH ANOTHER SHOT – The first thing you should know is this place is SMALL. It has 2 booths that can sit 4 comfortably and about 7 tables for two lined up against wall opposite the booths. It got off to a bad start because at the same time my friend and I arrived, so had a group of 14. It looked as though we'd be stuck in a little table for 2 with the group crushing us since there wasn't enough room for them all at the remaining tables. However we were told if we waited we could instead have a booth. So we finally got a booth around 10:15. All in all, a good turn of events since we were very comfortable.
Now on to the food. The menu is limited but with a very nice array of options. My friend ordered the Steamers as an appetizer, I had the mussels. We both ordered the red snapper which came with fried potato pancakes and french green beans. We were told a little later that they were out of Steamers, so we shared the mussels. They had also sold out of the Sea Bass special. However, I do not hold this against them since fish is something that doesn't store well, so you can't order more than you'll think you need (much like BBQ). So if they sell out, it's better than getting old fish.
The mussels were excellent (especially with our nice white wine). Tender and rather big. Served in a white wine and butter sauce with a mix of onions, garlic, and cilantro on top. We were both pleased. The RED SNAPPER WAS A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. The whole plate came smothered in black pepper and salt to the point that you couldn't taste the fish (which had a WONDERFUL TEXTURE). The potatoes and green beans were over-seasoned as well. Frankly, very bad.
However when we mentioned this to Chris, the waiter, we were immediately given 2 FREE GLASSES OF WINE, apologized to profusely and overall TREATED MUCH BETTER than I ever have been in an NYC restaurant. I will give this place another try if for no other reason than the OUTSTANDING SERVICE. Perhaps it was just an off night for the chef.
FRESHEST Seafood! – A couple of my friends and I came for dinner on a Saturday night and were blown away by the freshness of the seafood! Our Aussie waiter was very friendly and helpful when it came to wine recommendations. The food was sensational and the atmosphere was lovely! It felt like you should be dining by the ocean because it had a beachy, tranquil feel. Will definitely be back!
great seafood in LES – I wasn't much of a seafood lover, but after eating at Tides a few million times, things have changed.
The wait staff is extremely friendly, Chris & Jasper (if you understand their Aussie accent), the owners, Steve & Al and manager, Geno, are very friendly and try to accommodate your every request as best as they can, last but definitely not least, a big job well done to the kitchen (no matter how busy it can get, they never get nervous, always calm & collected)!
My all time favorite is their steamers, salmon, fried tilapia (and make sure to ask for a side of tartar sauce with that), bouillabaisse and lastly their desserts. granted that their menu is small, it doesn't take much neurons to realize that TIDES is a SMALL RESTAURANT.
It's definitely worth going at least once! Your best bet is to go on the more 'slower' nights, such as Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday - at least you'll be able to really enjoy your time there but thats just me, because on the busier days, its PACKED and i'm not a fan of crowds. =P
Seafood at it's best – I'm posting because of the post below, my wife and I are retired and spend alot of our time eating and traveling, in New York we usually go to Mary's or Pearl's for our seafood. After reading this site and finding all the suggestions to try Tides we finally did it with some friends on Sat. I've read the post below and I absolutely do not agree. We were there on April 7th and the four of us had a great time and a great meal. these sites are tricky but I'll do the best I can to describe our experience.
Had the fried clams and oysters, salad and mussels to start, all were fresh and tasty. the clams and oysters were perfectly fried with a nice homemade tarter sauce, the salad had a great dressing but I wasn't fond of the salmon rings that came with it while the mussels were out of this world. For our main course we had a nice lobster roll that they said changes every season, a grilled branzini that was fresh and flakey, the bouliabasse(My wife fawn over it for days) and a pan seared trout that came with a very nice sauce but was paired with potato. We had a nice white wine to start and a great red with our main course. they actually gave us a taste of almost every wine before we decided on the two.
the service was fantastic, I think my wife fell in love with the waiter, she termed him as "beautiful" he a Australian guy (forgot his name) but his service was attentive and informative. One of the owners was around but I don't think it was the Steve everyone talks about, he was floating around making sure eveything was ok. the design of the space was interesting, just look up, you'll understand.
The only disappointing things were that the space is small and they accept cash only, we used the ATM outside and they took the fee right off the check. I suggest you trying this place, we'll be back for sure.
Give this one a miss! – We just came back from dinner at Tides and felt compelled to write immediately. We read the reviews on Citysearch, and based on the reviews, were excited to try this place. The menu is extremely limited, and neither that we selected were even decent. Unfortunately, the best thing on the menu was the canned Coke. If you are looking for good seafood, you should try somewhere else.
Fresh seafood and amazing service – Coming from New England, I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive on my first visit to the Tides. However, after devouring the 1st course (fried clams, oysters & calamari) my father & I were amazed at the freshness and quality of the seafood. Not to mention the fact that it was probably the best fried clams we've ever had, including all of the clam shacks we've been to throughout New England. The next course (the boullabaise). was phenomenal and the sides (yuca chips & honey fried eggplant) were also top notch. Both desserts (caramel cheesecake & coconut rice pudding) were the perfect endings to an amazing meal. Wonderful service as well.....didn't feel rushed and the waiter was extremely pleasant. Can't wait to go back!
My new favorite seafood restaurant! – The atmosphere, food, and service was excellent. I'm a finicky eater and it's difficult to find good lobster in the city, but theirs is outstanding. I fell in love with their lobster, scallop, and calamari dishes. The servers were very funny and kind, they also gave us free wine. I adore this place and the only qualm I have is that there aren't more restaurants like this in upper Manhattan.
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