Mary’s Fish Camp
There are two hands-down-marvelous American seafood restaurants in New York City’s West Village: Mary’s, and the legendary Pearl Oyster Bar on Cornelia Street (where Fish Camp owner Mary Redding was once a partner). While both serve up supremely satisfying, classic fish dishes, something about the vibe at Mary’s – with its rounded bar; hip, friendly wait staff; and window-walled view onto chic, well-traversed West 4th Street – makes it as worthy a destination as any downtown. Once you’re seated and reading the hand-scrawled specials board, you can’t go wrong. reverentially seasoned chowder, salt-crusted shrimp, and Canadian steamers give way to Louisiana crabs au gratin, artfully constructed lobster rolls (perhaps the city’s best), and pan-seared Arctic char fillet.