Seamore’s

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Seafood. I love it. So, when I heard Michael Chernow, co-owner of The Meatball Shop, opened up a new seafood spot in Nolita, I had to check out Seamore’s.

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Similar to The Meatball Shop, the vibe is laid back, the menu has delicious offerings, and the price point is super affordable. The focus is all on seasonal seafood, primarily fish, but there are still options for vegetarians and even a burger, if you HAVE to eat meat. But really, it’s all about the seafood, so, you should definitely go with that. To start, I ordered a cocktail, Mezcal Old Fashioned (mezcal, resposado tequila, muddled citrus, citrus bitters). So, I love mezcal, but I’m not a huge Old Fashioned fan, but, I let the former outweigh the latter in my decision. Ok, so, perhaps not my best decision. On a positive, I only needed to order one drink, since it was pretty potent (win for my wallet, maybe not the best for their chance to get me to order another beverage). I will say though, while it isn’t meant to be a sweet drink, I would have loved a little more of the citrus flavor, a little lighter on the bitters. However, an Old Fashioned drinker might have loved it without any complaints. I did get to try my dining buddy’s drink, Shore Thing, which was super delightful, and would definitely order that next time. 

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To eat, I ordered Spicy Squid Tacos (corn tortillas, kale, apple, cotija, corn nuts). Ho. Ly. S**t. These were so amazing. The tacos themselves are generous in size, and stacked with the ingredients, so, you’re probably good to take a couple big bites of each one before losing most of it on the plate. So, in an unusual taco-eating fashion, I had to fork and knife it, which, was totally fine, and, made me look like a delicate lady (thanks, Seamore’s). The spicy squid isn’t too spicy, and has a fantastically seasoned flavor with a bit of a briny scent and flavor. The rest of the ingredients bring such a complexity of flavor and texture, that it can only best be summed up as f**king delicious. That’s technical enough, right? 

The Shorts:
Name: Seamore’s
Location: 390 Broome Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Hell yes. The tacos were so amazing, and I literally wanted just about everything off the menu, so, I have my work cut out for me.
Would I recommend it? For shore (bad pun, sorry, had to). The service was great, the food was fantastic, I just won’t be ordering the same drink again. A small sacrifice for a brilliant dish.

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The Sand Box

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So, at my stay at 1 Hotel South Beach, I completely enjoyed the Rooftop Bar, but on their main pool deck, they also have amazing dining as well.

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The Sand Box offers cantina-style poolside dining by Tom Colicchio, with an exceptional view of the beach. You can sit at the bar, or have the option of lounging underneath a cabana to enjoy your beverage and food.

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To drink, I ordered their Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita. Made with fresh watermelon and jalapeño, you get just the right balance of a refreshing, sweet drink with a kick of heat from the peppers. Basically, it’s heaven. 

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Then to start, I had their Guacamole with Chips. The guac is rich and creamy, with hints of citrus, bringing out the flavor of the avocado. The chips were the perfect, crispy, shovels to scoop up the guac, adding a nice balance of salt and crunch. 

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For my entree, I had the Pescado Tacos (yuca-crusted Lionfish, black kale slaw, avocado and chipotle-lime aioli). I loved these small, but mighty, tacos. I really loved that the Lionfish, light, flakey and tender, was crusted in yuca, giving it a bit of a bigger crunch. The only thing I’ll say about the fish, is that I wish there was a touch of salt or seasoning to the yuca, to give it a little boost to enhance the mild flavor of the fish. But, I will say, that the black kale slaw with the chipotle-lime aioli was actually the star of this dish. It added a nice texture, a crunch and creamy combo, and a really zesty zing from the lime that really complimented the mild flavor of the fish. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Sand Box
Location: 1 Hotel South Beach, 2341 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Without a doubt. The view is killer, and Mexican inspired food is one of my most favorite cuisines.
Would I recommend it? For sure. Warning: you may not want to leave the hotel ever. And, I guess, why would you? Beach, pool, drinks, food, done.