The Sea Fire Grill - New York
The Sea Fire Grill puts a strong emphasis upon foods from the surf, but it also powerfully represents the turf with some of the city’s best steaks, USDA prime beef, dry aged in the restaurant’s own aging box, skillfully prepared by chefs who know how to handle fish and beef. Started by the people behind Benjamin Steakhouse, here you get great steak.
Energetic and elegant, the dining room of The Sea Fire Grill is usually filled with happy people eating some of the finest proteins in the city.
Everything starts with fish and seafood, including: chilled lobster, East and West Coast oysters, colossal shrimp…and incredible caviar. White sturgeon, love sturgeon and Russian sturgeon caviar are presented with appropriate care and attention to detail, accoutered with boiled egg yolks and egg whites, red onion, crème fraiche, and blinis. It isn’t cheap, but you can be sure you will not find a better caviar service in the city.
There is, of course, a compendious collection of carefully sourced and pristine fish options, including roasted Nova Scotia halibut, Montauk swordfish, Scottish salmon and many other finned selections that will almost (almost!) distract you from the steaks, including porterhouse for two, bone-in ribeye, and New York strip, all aged to bring out the very best flavors of the very best steaks.
“The Daily Meal” approves, reporting “It’s very difficult for a restaurant to truly have something for everyone. A steakhouse might have a couple fish or pasta dishes on the menu, but they’re usually perfunctory. A seafood spot might have chicken on the menu, but don’t expect it to be spectacular. The Sea Fire Grill, a standby located in East Midtown, on the other hand, has somehow mastered every aspect of the dining experience: The seafood is fresh and cooked perfectly, the steaks are steakhouse-quality, service is flawless, the wine list is extensive and reasonably-priced, and the dining room is comfortable and well-appointed. We had the opportunity to dine there recently at the invitation of the restaurant, and we’d recommend it without reservation.”
When a restaurant, like The Sea Fire Grill, does so well with both seafood and beef, you really should consider the surf and turf, which here is a filet topped with lobster, shrimp and king crab: there is probably no other dish that so beautifully represents the strengths of The Sea Fire Grill.
You’d might suspect such a swank line-up of menu items would be backed up by some serious beverages, and you’d be right. In addition to the wine list, there is an ample listing of classic and signature cocktails. If you’re looking for a beverage that would pair with seafood or beef, there are Champagne spritzers that ably provide palate-cleansing liquid accompaniment to the superb proteins served at The Sea Fire Grill.