Slightly difficult to find, but definitely worth the effort, Catch brings a taste of freshness to the trendy restaurant scene in the Meatpacking district of New York City. Located on the second floor above an oversized Sephora, it is a simple elevator ride away from anchorage to a menu of all things seafood. The staff, dressed in tight fitting denim shirts, are as eye pleasing as the crowd that they serve. And the menu, constructed with elegant indulgence in mind, delivers in bringing forth tastefully enhanced dishes with creatively presentation.
Adhering to the current mixology trend, the cocktail list is a vital part of the overall aesthetically composed menu. Starting out at the bar, we sampled a few cocktails while awaiting our table. Once seated in the sailor themed dining room, we continued with wine and a round of oysters. All well shucked and selected, the Barron Points were our favorite among the three varieties we sampled. Our crustacean dining was off to a great start. Ready for a little more substance, we continued down the raw bar menu with a few maki rolls. Per recommendation we tried the MRC roll, a shrimp tempura and avocado with a sweet ponzu butter finish, and the Hellfire roll, which true to its name, had a spicy kick at the end.
Moving on to the “catch hot” starters, the Crunchy Rice Cakes were the perfect texture challenge to the tuna tartare and wasabi on top of it. The Crispy Shrimp, sweet and crunchy, were an oversized version of the typical popcorn shrimp, while the Scallop Dumplings with shrimp were a delicate contrast to the otherwise spicier preceding dishes. The White Flatbread was a well portioned and perfectly executed replication of a clam pizza. And we loved every swirl on the fork of the Dungeoness Crab Spaghetti, beautifully presented in a crab shell. Not a crumb left behind, each dish was a crowd pleaser.
Savorily satisfied, we fully indulged with the Fresh Baked Cookie Bucket. Literally a bucket of goodness, it lay spilling over a variety of freshly baked cookies, with a few fried Oreos topping a bowl of ice cream.
21 Ninth Ave
New York NY
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