Mary’s Fish Camp
New England. Often regarded as home to the Sawx, Tom Brady and the Kennedy clan. But after a date in the West Village, another other of the region’s assets might immediately come to mind: seafood. The reason? Because at Mary’s Fish Camp, it’s as fresh and authentic as anything you can catch on the Cape.
A tiny seafood shack transported to a cobblestone New York City corner – the vibe is uber casual and the decor, like the menu, is no fuss no muss. With just 10 tables and some counter space overlooking the kitchen, Mary’s Fish Camp is loud and cramped, but cozy in a beachy kind of way.
The restaurant looks and feels very New England, and the food doesn’t disappoint either. Mary’s covers all the “maine” bases – steamahs, chowdahs, lobstah rolls – then brings it home with a list of daily specials and fresh catches (look at the chalkboard to your left, right or above to find out what they’ve reeled in).
Beer and [mostly white] wine & walk-in only. While they don’t take reservations, if you stop in and put your name down, they’ll call you when your table is ready (grab a drink at Fedora across the street or nearby Windsor, where you can catch the score of the game while you wait). Try going at an off-time to avoid the inevitable 45-minute wait. Groups and large parties, you’re not completely out of luck – there’s a second location in Brooklyn with plenty of room for everyone.
Appetizers from $7-16; Main dishes from $18+.
December 19, 2011