Dive Into The Seahorse Tavern



The Seahorse Tavern [CLOSED] | 303 East 85th St. (off 2nd Ave.) | 212.744.7774 | www.theseahorsetavern.com | | | |

THE PERENNIAL “THEY” have advised not mixing business with pleasure, and many vaudevillians have countered with the exception of when a business specifically caters to “pleasure”. Usually, the none-too-subtle reference assumes scandalous implications, but what to do when they don’t?

I write for a blog dedicated to the pleasures of looking at, looking for, and finally, eating food, pleasures we learn long before anything much more adult.

And every once in a while, one of the places that I would write about are actually clients of mine. This has long been the case for Dorrian’s Red Hand, where I’ve worked for over twenty years, and Faces & Names, who were web clients of mine years before I started food. You can find pictures of their food in the Photo Shoots section (along with two other former clients), and, to maintain a modicum of objectivity, I have refrained from writing anything even resembling a review, to avoid even a whiff of impropriety.

Alas, I can no longer do that, now that my former (and still) clients—but now, more importantly, good friends—have opened up my favorite new restaurant, The Seahorse Tavern, just a few months ago, and not only has it quickly impressed the locals, it has made regular customers of people even visiting from other neighborhoods. It has even succeeded in becoming my newest watering hole in almost 10 years—although I am at age where I need to start cutting down in the number of places to comfortably drink and have a good time.


The Seahorse Tavern

And there are too many ways to have a good time at The Seahorse Tavern. Especially if you’ve lived in this neighborhood for a few years and have noticed the absurd lack of decent seafood places in an area overrun with burgers, sushi, and pizza joints. The only choices have been the overthought, overwrought, and overpriced Atlantic Grill or the lo-fi yet legitimate charms of Luke’s Lobster. The Seahorse Tavern represents a long overdue post for real adults to chow down on some down-home chowder, sling back some raw Blue Point oysters with a pint of Blue Moon Belgian Wheat Ale, or enjoy Basque-style mussels and lemon sole with a friend or date over a bottle of moschofilero from Greece.

Words can do no justice to how much there is to enjoy here; so since, they say again, a picture is worth a thousand words, I present an encyclopedia of reasons to to bring your appetite and loved ones for lunch and dinner here.


The Seahorse Tavern

The Seahorse Tavern


The Seahorse Tavern

The Seahorse Tavern


Fried Oysters | The Seahorse Tavern

Fried Oysters | The Seahorse Tavern


Fried Shrimp Po 'Boy | The Seahorse Tavern

Fried Shrimp Po 'Boy | The Seahorse Tavern


Mussels Muniére | The Seafood Tavern

Mussels Muniére | The Seafood Tavern


Crab Club | The Seafood Tavern

Crab Club | The Seafood Tavern


Grilled Shrimp Salad | The Seafood Tavern


Tavern Fries | The Seafood Tavern


Lobster Roll | The Seafood Tavern

Lobster Roll | The Seafood Tavern


Cod | The Seafood Tavern

Cod | The Seafood Tavern


And as if the food wasn’t enough. the vibe is excellent, low-key but high energy, collecting a great crowd of locals who have matured past their frat-minded mentality, but still know how to have a great conversation while still letting their guards down, which gives the beautiful, nautically-themed room lots on genuine energy, that carries not just through regular dinner service, but well into late night, with fun, personable floor staff and bartenders pouring an extended menu of beers on tap and in bottle, as well as shelf and premium liquors.


The Seahorse Tavern

The Seahorse Tavern

The Seahorse Tavern

The Seahorse Tavern

The Seahorse Tavern

The Seahorse Tavern

The Seahorse Tavern

The Seahorse Tavern

The Seahorse Tavern

Sotol | The Seahorse Tavern

The Seahorse Tavern

The Seahorse Tavern

The Seahorse Tavern

The Seahorse Tavern


So, I guess, as they also say, there are exceptions to every rule. And this is a great reason to break a rule. PHUDE is about letting my friends, fans, and followers old and new know where to go for dining out pleasures. They are my client as well, as they keep me relevant, so I have to stay true to them first and foremost. So, to them, I recommend you all make quick and frequent trips to visit my newest and very close friends Karl, Jill, Laura, Dave, and Una at The Seahorse Tavern.

There is a very good chance you’ll see me, a constant regular, right in the middle of a bar where, as they say, “everyone knows my name.”


Sotol | The Seahorse Tavern

Bun Apple Tea!

.kac.


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The Seahorse Tavern [CLOSED] | 303 East 85th St. (off 2nd Ave.) | 212.744.7774 | www.theseahorsetavern.com | | | |



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