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As an avid lover of seafood, I would never hesitate to report some good eats when I’ve had them!  Fresh, truly authentic and flavorful seafood can be hard to find.  While Manhattan offers an infinite selection of amazing culinary experiences for all palates, if you’re in the NYC area, you should definitely check out the two latest restaurants I’ve visited.  The seafood was fresh, flavorful, and plentiful -especially for the price!

The first was Waterside in North Bergen, New Jersey.  I went there recently for lunch.  Aside from the breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, their wine list was extensive and their lunch specials were very reasonable.  I opted for the elegant, beautifully presented seafood tower, and WOW was it the right choice!  It was towering, indeed, with lobster, crab, shrimp, oysters, and clams, and it was accompanied by three very different dipping sauces.  One was traditional cocktail sauce, the second had a spicy teryaki flavor, and the third had a spicy wasabi mayo flavor.  Don’t forget the nicely presented lemon spritzed on top.  It was light, flavorful, and healthy!  I will definitely be returning for another seafood experience at this restaurant on the Hudson River.

Waterside, North Bergen, NJ

Seafood Tower and a glass of Merlot at Waterside in North Bergen, NJ

The second was a new seafood spot named Kittery, an authentic Maine restaurant with New England vibes located in hoppin’ downtown Brooklyn.  Now, as someone whose mother is from New England, and who vacationed all my life in New England, I can honestly say when you’re at this restaurant, you feel like you’re eating fresh Maine seafood, only with the perfect outdoor or indoor view of this cozy Brooklyn neighborhood.  It’s kind of the best of both worlds.  Kittery brought a bit of New England to Brooklyn by combining its ambiance and “welcome to Maine” vibes with traditional New England seafood flavors.  New England natives are raving about it – and they’re protective of their reputable seafood flavors and tradition, so if they say it, the food HAS to be good!

fried oysters kittery

The presentation at Kittery was as beautiful and as the food was tasty.  I’ve been there twice now, and we’ve tried the lobster roll (my personal favorite – as good as any lobster roll I’ve had in New England), the fried clam po’boy, the mussels in white sauce, and the fried whole belly clams – yes this was DEFINITELY a cheat day.  Everything came out hot, fresh, and tasted outstanding.  I wish I had room for more, because next time, I’ll be taking advantage of Kittery’s $1 Oyster Happy Hour!

kittery mussels

Mussels in white sauce with some lightly toasted french bread, accompanied by some of Kittery’s new Blueberry Ale

Unfortunately, it sounds as though this corner location in downtown Brooklyn may be cursed..the last 4 businesses located there have failed!  I’ll be honest, the service there is still eh, but give them a chance, because the quality of the food outweighs a little confusion with asking questions about the menu.  So head to Kittery and help them break the curse.  We don’t want to see them go anywhere!  Trust me, you’ll be happy you went.

My personal recommendations: make sure you try the lobster roll and take advantage of their awesome happy hour specials!  Welcome to New York, Kittery!

kittery menu

Outdoor seating at Kittery in downtown Brooklyn brings a bit of New England to New York City.

Do you have any suggestions, recommendations, or reviews of good quality seafood restaurants?  Please comment back and let Fit Soul and Spice followers know! Much love 🙂