The Sea Grill – OMG in NYC

She’s a grand old gal, and a ballsy chick. She’s elegant and iconic, yet gritty and dirty. She’s New York City. I just returned from a trip to the Big Apple, and few cities give me the adrenalin rush that New York does. I had never been to the city at Christmastime, and it was something that I just had to do.

The city moves at a frenetic pace. As a Southern Californian, we mosey, we get there when we get there. However, once I stepped foot on 5th Avenue I too got swept away by the energy of the streets. It was holiday time and the streets became just a sea of humanity. People coming at you in every direction. I wanted to be able to stop and take it all in, but I had to keep moving.  I was in awe of the city’s architecture and of the diversity of its inhabitants. Shops, food, dazzling store windows; it made my head spin. My goal was to do a classic New York Christmas, to go to all those places I had seen in so many movies and television shows over the years. My first stop was of course, Rockefeller Center, because nothing is more iconic than the tree and the skating rink.

With my two friends Eva and Carol in tow, we decided to have lunch at The Sea Grill. It’s a sleek and modern restaurant, and the entire back of the space opens to the Rockefeller Center skating rink. Tourist-y yes, but it was everything I hoped it would be. It really oozed New York elegance; shiny silverware, sparkling glassware and crisp white tablecloths and napkins. The atmosphere in the restaurant was almost electric. There were waiters buzzing everywhere, holiday shoppers and suburban families stopping in for a festive lunch.

Okay, I was a little shocked when I looked at the prices on the menu, but it was New York City after all, and I knew the view and the ambience would not come cheap. We ordered the jumbo lump crab cakes with stone ground mustard sauce ($39). The server was quick to tell us that they were 90% lump crab meat. Hmmm, I’d never heard food described by percentage before, but that sounded impressive enough to me. The plate was certainly enough for three people to split, and yes there was plenty of crab meat in the dish, but it lacked flavor and overall they were just pretty bland.

We also ordered the baby lettuce salad with Fuji apple and fresh herbs in a mustard vinaigrette and the roasted beet salad with rucola, toasted walnuts and Manchego cheese with a citrus vinaigrette, both $14. Each salad was fresh and flavorful and lightly dressed .

The Sea Grill offers a wide array of sushi, sashimi and shellfish platters. I love sushi, so I shared a few of their rolls with my friends, but at this point I had my eye on dessert.

We finished the meal with a piece of their Key Lime pie. Not too overly sweet, it was the perfect way to end the day. I wish I could have said the food was amazing, but the ambience and the experience was. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, very good. For me it was the quintessential New York experience. I’m so glad we ate there.

The Sea Grill, 19 West 49th Street, New York, NY 10020 (212) 332-7610

11 thoughts on “The Sea Grill – OMG in NYC

  1. I used to take Jordan to the Rock Cafe, on the lower level~with the rink right outside. That’s now the Sea Grill, or are there two restaurants? We would watch the skaters while we had lunch and then she’d skate. We loved going for a weekend and staying at The Palace up the street, seeing The Rockettes,maybe another show, and of course walking a lot and seeing the beautiful and fun store windows. I think we’ll try to get there one day during her winter break. Glad you had fun!

  2. Great pix! Glad you had fun! Crab cakes looked yummy. Too bad they were do bland. But most strange is the plating on the salad. Why would you hide all the star ingredients under the lettuce. It just looks like a pile of lettuce!

  3. Let’s get serious. We have to get this girl a paying gig. The food stuff is always on target–recipes always tempting and reviews honest and evocative. But the artistry brought to this blog is amazing. The photo of the subway with the NYC story is pure Hopper and could not be more professional. Agree or disagree? I’m in NY somewhat regularly, but seeing freshly was great fun.

  4. Wow, I think the prices included that amazing view:) I was there around this time for my very first visit to New York and that rink is a must see for sure! I love the Christmas lights, the excitement in the department stores… loved all of it as you must have!! This brought back wonderful memories!

    1. I started off with a Nikon Coolpix, and it got the job done. Not a bad camera. For mother’s day last year my family gave me a Nikon 3000. It is pricey, however the quality of the photos is so much better.

  5. Article amazing…… Pictures wonderful. Since I am from New York it made my mouth water and
    want to return. It is a pleasure to read everything that you do. Berte

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