What makes you choose a restaurant? Are you drawn to the geographic location, the ambiance, or a recent media rating…Do you begin to savor the menu simply by reading the entrée descriptions? Or maybe you simply just fall “head over tails.”
Well for me, in this certain instance of course, I was attached to the overall flavor of the restaurant…Fishtail….and pursued deeper into the website to only discover the menu matched my initial reaction. Who knew a lobster dumpling could taste so good?
Before I get ahead of myself, let me take you through this experience…
Upon entering Fishtail, taking a few steps down from the street, you walk right into the bar area with high-top booths and a 16-seat bar. Immediately you are overcome with such a whimsical feeling from the lighting, the wall murals and even hanging pieces of blown glass to the bold furniture colors and crisp white table linens.
We were seated in an ideal location, on the second floor of the restaurant, right in-front of the fireplace with plenty of room for the three of us…my colleague Tracey, the Inn’s General Manager, Diane Carr and I. We started off the evening with appetizers….
Diane enjoyed the fishtail salad chopped with all of summer’s best including baby peas, hearts of palm, asparagus and dressed with a Dijon vinaigrette. Tracey ordered the fishtail taco sampler. Not only did she enjoy the tacos but the presentation was appetizing in itself!
I ordered the heirloom tomato and watermelon salad with mozzarella and prosciutto. And yes, at the table, drum roll please…we shared the lobster dumplings finished in a soy-ginger butter with thai vegetables. As I do not tell a lie, we even dipped our bread in the remaining sauce, nothing went to waste! Ironically enough we all ordered bass for our entrée and shared roasted beets with goat cheese, sautéed spinach and garlic and parsley French fries at the table. The evening finished with mini ice cream cones atop a mountain of rainbow sprinkles, a warm apple tart and sweet roasted peaches. The cuisine was all that I hoped it would be and more. I would highly recommend Fishtail to anyone interested in a unique New York City spot. I promise, you won’t be disappointed, by any detail.